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Students Wrap Up Summer Internships and Research

August 22, 2017

Laura Lemire
Communications and Marketing
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Saint Anselm student Catherine Doucette completed internship at Philadelphia Museum of ArtFrom Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. to Germany and Spain, from Dartmouth College to right here at Saint Anselm, students spent their summer break developing their skills and demonstrating their talents through summer programs, internships, and a myriad of other learning opportunities.

Internships
Through internships, students explore industries and build professional networks.

Fine arts major Catherine Doucette '18 (pictured at right) was selected from an international pool of applicants to intern with the Philadelphia Museum of Art in the European Decorative Arts department. Working with the J.J Medveckis Associate Curator of Arms and Armor, Doucette inventoried objects in the gallery, researched and prepared materials for the museum database, assisted with gallery installations, and helped with a publication project researching recent acquisitions and objects in the Carl Otto Kretzschmar Von Kienbusch Collection.

Doucette enjoyed researching the objects, seeing them firsthand in conservation and then discussing her work with her supervisor. "Some of the objects I researched included an Italian Renaissance sword pommel and the broadsword of Oliver Cromwell—so cool!" she says, sharing also that this internship was the culmination of her past experiences: "This project allowed me to apply my academic studies in Italian Renaissance art and portraiture, and experiences in England to curatorial research." Read more about Doucette's travels abroad.

Through the museum's program, Doucette also took field trips to historic sites in Philadelphia and attended seminars with museum staff in order to learn how the museum is run, from education programs to packing the art to working with Sotheby's.

Doucette is finishing up her summer at a global leadership training program at the Academic Programs International (API) headquarters in Austin Texas.

Shane Earley '18 and Stephen Jaskelevicus '18, both applied physics majors, spent the summer interning for Amazon Robotics, under alumnus Alex Macomber '10.

Saint Anselm student Sam Whalen completed internship with AeroFarmsSam Whalen '18 interned in Newark, New Jersey at AeroFarms, a company dedicated to sustainably growing produce through indoor vertical farming. The English major with a passion for green living found the perfect fit with his sales and marketing internship. He says the opportunity to work at an innovative company "still in its infancy" has given him a broad business overview.

"I've been very fortunate to see everything from executive decision making to strategic business development," says Whalen. "I've also been exposed to operation planning, as well as working as a company representative conducting in-store demos allowing consumers to sample our leafy greens while educating both consumers and retailers about farming's sustainable future."

"Every one of these unique experiences has provided me with a different viewpoint on not only AeroFarms, but on how a fast-paced and dynamic, young company must manage it resources, and how passion and determination by such an organization is changing our world and making it a healthier place for planet and all living species," he says.

Several of the New Hampshire Institute of Politics' student ambassadors are also completing internships including with U.S. and state representatives and in local government offices.

Here are just a few other outstanding internships:

  • Sybille Legitime '18, a computer science and international business double major, is interning as software engineer at ESPN.
  • Isabelle Daigle '19, a politics major, is interning in Office of Presidential Correspondence at the White House.
  • Brandon Pratt '18, a politics major, is interning for New Hampshire Governor John Sununu.
  • Caroline Ireland '19, a Spanish and social work double major, interned in Spain with Caritas, a Catholic social services relief agency.
  • Andrew Vogl '18, a finance and business double major, interned with Maxim Group in New York City, N.Y.

The Career Development Center has more than 400 internship positions in its database. Follow @anselmiancareer on Twitter for job and internship positions.

Research
Saint Anselm students don't wait until graduate school to do real research. They are studying international politics, investigating cognition and exercise, and exploring competency-based education. They also work independently and with faculty on articles and other publications.

Politics major Emily Rice '17 is researching the decline of the Labour Party in Scotland and Wales and the resurgence of Scottish Nationalism through the college's Gordon Fellowship.

Kirstin Catyb '18, an elementary education major is assisting education professor Audrey Scheopner Torres with a research project exploring the education reform that is required by all New Hampshire K-12 schools. By meeting with the districts individually and then tracking data, Catyb is learning how to use qualitative coding software and gaining valuable research skills.

"I've learned so much in such a short amount of time: doing interviews, asking questions, coding data," says Catyb. "It has also been an awesome opportunity to practice my public speaking skills."

This fall, Catyb will start her student-teaching at a local elementary school, and she says that learning about a competency based curriculum and meeting with elementary teachers through this research has better prepared her for that next step.

Twenty-five Saint Anselm students, from biochemistry and psychology majors to nursing majors, are conducting research on campus through the NH-INBRE grant. Three more students participated in the INBRE's ISURF Program, conducting research at Dartmouth College. The entire group presented at a conference at Dartmouth this summer, and many will continue their research into the new academic year.

Summer Programs
Several Anselmians are traveling abroad this summer or participating in international summer programs. Courtney Pelletier '18, an English and German double major, traveled to Berlin, Germany to complete a marketing internship at 3YOURMIND, a tech start-up that sells software for 3D printers. She also took two classes at Humboldt University: an internship seminar on cross-cultural leadership, and a "German for Professions" language class.

Abigail Roden '20, a politics major, backpacked through Israel and Palestine as part of an Operation Groundswell program in the Middle East. Alexis Elowitch '18, a finance major, journeyed to Israel with the USA Open Women's Soccer Team to play in the 20th Maccabiah Games in July.

Photo, Sam Whalen '18 at AeroFarm  internship.

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