Intern Spotlights: Lillian Estrada and Julie Roth

Lillian Estrada: Grant Research and Writing Intern

Lilian Estrada is originally from San Juan, Texas, located in the Rio Grande Valley in deep South Texas. She is a Junior at the University of Texas at Austin majoring in English with a minor in Journalism. She also works with the University Interscholastic

League, assisting high school coaches all across the state of Texas. As a grant writer and researcher for One Good Turn, Lilian hopes to aid in the process of providing essential health resources to communities worldwide. Outside of her class schedule and work with OGT, Lilian is a self-professed homebody who spends much of her time reading, and holding her roommates as captive taste-testers for her cooking endeavors.

How did you first learn about OGT?

I heard about OGT on a UT job board. I was interested in a grant writing internship for the summer, and luckily I came across OGT on my search! Initially, I had no idea that I wanted to work with a nonprofit. But after reading more about OGT, I knew I had found the perfect place to grow in this field and I am absolutely grateful that I get to work with this great organization!

What has been your favorite part of working at OGT?

I love the working environment at OGT. Even though we are working remotely on a variety of projects, I feel connected to every aspect of the organization. This is mostly thanks to the weekly team meetings we have over Zoom. I love being able to hear what my fellow interns are working on and being able to share our ideas freely. Everything truly is a team effort!

What is the weirdest job you’ve ever had?

For a summer in high school, I was a counselor at a camp where kids got to ride horses. We did arts and crafts, read stories, played games - and rode horses! I would guide the kids while they rode, and make sure they were safe. This was a random job I did as a favor for a friend, but I loved getting to work with kids, and learning about horses was just a bonus!

What’s your favorite indoor/outdoor activity?

My friends and family all know I love to just hang out and relax at home. I spend a lot of time reading or binging something on Netflix. But I also love to explore Austin! Even though I've lived in the city for a few years now, there's always something new to do and see - and new places to eat! While that's on hold for now, I can't wait to get back to it once things are safer!

Ten years ago, who did you think you would be now?

I always knew I loved to read and write. English was always my favorite subject in school. I remember wanting to be a journalist, or a book editor when I was younger. While I've had a few detours choosing the best path for me, I definitely feel like I'm on the right one now!

Thank you Lillian for all the incredible work you do!!

Julie Roth: Medical Research & Curriculum Intern

Julie Roth is a graduate student at Texas A&M University who is pursuing a master’s degree in international affairs and a certificate in international communication and public diplomacy at the Bush School of Government and Public Service. Additionally, she works as a copy editor and research assistant on campus. Julie is a Kansas native who received her undergraduate degree from Kansas State University in anthropology and international studies. This summer, she is excited to learn the ins and outs of international health education while working as a medical research & curriculum intern with One Good Turn. In her free time, Julie enjoys rock climbing and baking layer cakes.

How did you first learn about OGT?

I had been looking for a summer internship and thought I’d peak at the international affairs internship opportunities being advertised for UT students. Even though I don’t have any medical experience, OGT’s internship description seemed interesting and hands-on, and I liked that the organization is focused on culturally aware health education.

What has been your favorite part of working at OGT?

There’s so much to learn! I love delving into new topics, and thinking about how to take something that is new to me and communicate it well is fun. Especially now, during the COVID-19 pandemic, learning about the most effective ways to spread public health information feels very relevant and exciting.

What is the weirdest job you’ve ever had?

I worked at a reptile shop for about a year. I was mostly cleaning cages but it was incredibly interesting. We once lost a 14-foot anaconda in the walls for a month (don’t worry, she was ok!).

What’s your favorite indoor/outdoor activity?

I love rock climbing. I learned to climb in a gym but climbing outside is amazing. I’m a little out of practice at the moment though.

Ten years ago, who did you think you would be now?

I had no idea! I went into undergrad majoring in biology. I just wanted to learn and see the world.

Thank you Julie for all your work! We appreciate you!

Thank you, Lillian and Julie! Keep an eye out on the blog for more intern spotlights.

Interested in interning with One Good Turn? Email with a resume and letter of interest. We look forward to hearing from you!


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