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Introducing Heather Burakowski, NYSOTA's Spring 2020 Intern!

Thursday, January 23, 2020  
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The start of a new semester heralds the arrival of a new NYSOTA intern. The NYSOTA Internship Program was developed as a non-traditional fieldwork experience. Our interns are here to learn, grow and make an impact. They are part of our team from day one, and collaborate on projects throughout the semester. Our interns contribute fresh and wonderful ideas to the Association, and grow as advocates and leaders.


This Spring 2020 semester, we welcome Heather Burakowski from the SUNY Orange OTA Program. In this brief interview, we ask Heather to tell us a little bit about herself and her new role.

Tell me about yourself.
I'm a SUNY Orange student and will be graduating this May. I am married with two boys and I have four dogs. I’m the SUNY Orange OTA Club President and I am a mentor.

Tell me how being an intern for NYSOTA will help you in your OT future.
This experience will allow me to become a better advocate for not only my profession, but my future clients as well. I believe that having this knowledge of how to network will allow me to be an effective resource for someone in the future.

Tell me about your role as an intern.
My role as an intern for NYSOTA is to assist the Association in various ways. I’m excited that one of the projects I’m currently assisting with happens to be Advocacy Day. I have recently been in contact with students across New York state answering questions and explaining the importance of presence, and advocating for, the profession. It has been a great experience seeing what goes into protecting and representing the OT profession, and having the opportunity to speak with the people who are dedicated to ensuring that protection.

Why occupational therapy?
My son received OT for years. Being able to watch firsthand the difference therapy made for him was incredible. It made such an impact that I knew that I wanted to be a part of making that difference for someone else. I sat in for one observation and was hooked. I love the creativity, the client-centered approach, and the idea of being a part of someone’s progress.

What are the benefits of being a member of NYSOTA?
Being a member of NYSOTA offers many benefits. For instance, the ability to stay current with legislative issues, research, and trends, and is a useful resource for questions and CEU opportunities.

What do you do outside of school and work?
Both of my sons play travel hockey, so a lot of my time is spent in ice rinks! When I’m not at hockey, I enjoy reading, hiking with my dogs and crafting.

Favorite quote:
"You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you." ~ John Bunyan

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