Student Engagement

MFRI’s internship opportunities offer students the chance to earn course credits, build their resumes and enhance their knowledge. Interns and student workers participate on all MFRI teams as they learn about military members, veterans and their families. We are proud to work in collaboration with Purdue University departments that are educating future leaders.

Student Spotlights

Chelsea Moss

Chelsea MossQ: What motivates you to work at MFRI, since you come from a non-military immediate family
Although I don’t have any immediate family members who are in the military, I have several cousins who are or have been in the service, and my grandfathers were both veterans. I have a deep respect for the sacrifices our servicemen and women and their families make for our country, so it’s an honor to give back to them through my work at MFRI.

Q: Describe how your academic path has helped prepare you for your position at MFRI? How has MFRI helped you grow as a professional?
A: As a journalism and mass communication undergrad and now a communication master’s student, this internship is the perfect outlet for my academic skill set. Each project I’ve worked on during my time here, whether it’s a video project or social media, has been part of telling the larger story of what MFRI is all about – helping military families. The opportunities I’ve had at MFRI have both stretched me and better equipped me to be a better communicator.

Q: Describe the most meaningful part of your experience working in external relations.
A: Working on the Veteran Treatment Court video was a very special opportunity as I was able to interview individuals passionate about helping veterans. Hearing the story of a veteran currently in the program was an inspiration to me and reminded me why sharing his story and educating the public on these programs is important.

Q: What are your future professional goals? How has your experience at MFRI helped prepare you for the next steps after graduation?
A: One of the careers I’m looking into is within the non-profit public relations sector. This field of work allows me to utilize my skill set for a greater purpose. MFRI has given me a taste of what this field of work has to offer and provided such a rewarding purpose driving the work we do.

Shannon Lee

Shannon LeeQ: How has your experience as a military kid motivated your work at MFRI?
While job searching, I realized that I wanted to work where I could make a positive contribution while learning new skills. As a military kid, I was motivated to work at MFRI because I believed that my past experiences allowed me to have a deeper understanding of the work that MFRI does.

Q: Describe the most meaningful part of your experience working with Star Behavioral Health Providers (SBHP).
A: The most meaningful part is knowing the impact this program has on veterans, service members, and their families. The impact of SBHP is widespread, reaching across the U.S. I never imagined that as a college student I would be able to work in an organization that leaves an impact on people outside of my immediate community.

Q: How does your work at MFRI relate to your academic program and extracurricular interests?
A: I am a second year pre-pharmacy student involved in Boiler Gold Rush , Habitat for Humanity and Purdue University Dance Marathon. A common theme among my major and organizational involvements is working to help others. My work at MFRI relates to my academic program and extracurricular interests because my work at MFRI is purposeful and has a positive impact on the military community.

Q: How is your work at MFRI helping you achieve your career goals?
A: My work at MFRI allows me to accumulate the skills necessary to succeed in the professional world. As someone interested in entering the healthcare field, efficient communication is important. A lot of my work for MFRI and SBHP is communicating with providers and answering any questions they may have. The skills I learn from MFRI can help me become a better pharmacist or healthcare professional.

Rebecca Puetzer

Rebecca Puetzer with spouseQ: Being a military spouse, why do you find the Family Journey’s project and important initiative for MFRI?
A: Each family has a story to tell. Because of this diversity, I find the Family Journeys project to be an incredibly important initiative of MFRI. It helps capture those unique experiences and aids in our understanding of the lives of those serving and the people who love and support them.

Q: Describe your experience being in a military family and how that connection relates to what you do on the Family Journey’s project. Do you find the connection to be rewarding?
A: I knew I wanted to help people. When I became part of a military family, my area of interest focused on military families. That’s when I found the Military Family Research Institute and the Family Journeys project. Being part of a military family, I have an idea what it’s like. Since I am also connected through Family Journeys, I now have an even better perspective on military life and am able to fulfill my desire to help others.

Q: Understanding military family experiences is an important aspect of how MFRI serves military families. Working on the Family Journey’s project, describe being part of this essential process.
A: I am grateful to have an opportunity to work in a place that has the exact same goals I do – furthering society’s understanding of military life and working to improve the lives of service members and their families. Being part of this process is an incredible experience.

Q: Explain how working at MFRI has influenced your academic and career goals.
A: It has not only heightened my passion for what I wanted to do in the first place, but has sparked an entirely new passion for research. I enjoy attending my research-oriented classes now, and have never been more excited to attend graduate school. The Family Journeys project has been critical in many of my academic decisions, as well as those pertaining to my career path.