My week at the Turtle Rescue Team (TRT) stationed inside North Carolina State University Veterinary College allowed me to experience things I never thought I would get to experience while in my undergraduate education. The Turtle Rescue Team is a volunteer-run organization centered at the college’s vet hospital. Here, a small team of veterinarians (including Dr. Greg Lewbart, my externship host), some vet students ranging from first-years to a DVM-PhD student in her 6th year, nearby undergraduate students hoping to pursue a veterinary career, and volunteers that wish to help out from around the area team up to collect injured turtles from around North Carolina and treat them until they can be released into the wild again. They treat primarily Box Turtles, but will attempt to help any turtle that makes its way to the Rescue Center, including Cooters, Yellow-Bellied Sliders, Snapping Turtles, and a handful of other species. While there, I learned the basic […]
Two students spent the week at Morgan’s Wonderland in San Antonio, Texas, each writing about their experience. You can read about Laura Kowalik’s experience on her personal blog site. Kaitlyn’s experience is included below: Morgan’s Wonderland: A Special Place for Special Friends by Kaitlyn Budney ’19 For a week this past summer I was an intern at Morgan’s Wonderland in San Antonio, Texas. Morgan’s is an amusement park built from the ground up for disabled children. This park was dreamt up by Gordon Hartman, a real estate developer for low to middle income families. He was watching his daughter Morgan, who has special needs, try to play with some children at a local pool. He saw how the children reacted to Morgan and was saddened. He set out to build a place founded on the spirit of inclusion. So he created Morgan’s Wonderland where everyone, no matter the age or ability, can play and learn […]
We often take for granted the ready access to clean drinking water and the disposal of wastewater in our lives. For most of us, there is no guessing game when it comes to turning the knob of a fossett. We are fortunate enough to know, not hope, that clean water will come out. This past week I was fortunate enough to spend time at American Water Enterprises located in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey. American Water is the largest publicly traded water and wastewater utility in the United States. American Water serves around 15 million people and employs 6,800. There are three branches within American Water. First, there is homeowners branch, this branch educates homeowners on the importance of insuring the water and wastewater pipes on their property. The second branch is the contract services group; this group focuses on providing water to different groups for example a town or a school. Lastly, there is the […]
My experience at Rippowam Cisqua School was nothing short of insightful, interesting and fun. Rippowam Cisqua School is located in Westchester County in NY, and is a private institution. Being that I went to only public schools until I came to Gettysburg College, this externship really provided me with a deeper understanding of an unfamiliar environment. It was amazing to me the resources which the students were given, from Mac computers to use in their computer labs to programs to help them organize their work, the students were provided with many tools to help them succeed in the classroom. I also found it impressive regarding how the students were so passionate about their school work and excited to show me what they were working on. My entire externship experience I just kept thinking back to my own time in sixth grade, comparing and contrasting it to what I was seeing at Rippowam. As a 6th […]
Renewable Energy Vermont, what does this title entail? How many solar panels and wind turbines will I be working on? In fact, the job description is much more difficult than installing a field of panels or climbing 250 + feet inside of a turbine. Olivia Cambell Andersen, the Executive Director of Renewable Energy Vermont, is tasked with long, complicated meetings where everything she stands for becomes a twisted tornado of paperwork, rules, and jurisdictions. Thankfully, Olivia is not alone on her journey. There are multitudes of other Clean Energy organizations that rally for the same cause as Renewable Energy Vermont. I was introduced to state representatives from respective northeastern states other than Vermont, such as Rhode Island, Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire at the North Eastern Clean Energy Conference (NECEC) in Boston, Massachusetts. Every Representative prepared slides divulging new progress, and a few shortcomings each state faced in their fight for Clean/Renewable energy. All in […]
I had never given an injection to an organism, cared for an injury on anything other than a human, and I had no idea what went on behind the scenes of veterinary medicine. Before this experience with the North Carolina State University Veterinary School’s Turtle Team, I knew that I wanted work in a field that benefits marine wildlife and protects the marine environment. However, I have yet to fully identify what role to assume in doing so. One way I can accomplish this goal is through attending vet school and studying to work in marine life medicine, and I witnessed a glimpse of this path during this externship. I had the opportunity to learn from Dr. Lewbart, a professor of zoological medicine, and his students at Turtle Team. Within the past five days, I learned how to properly care and handle different species of turtles, give injections and calculate dosages, clean and bandage wounds, […]
In late July, fourteen students and recent grads of the Class of 2016 spent a full day at Meredith Corporation in New York City with alum Brooke Engeldrum Vladyka ’10, Integrated Account Manager at EatingWell, and many of her colleagues discussing the many facets of the publishing industry. Students were able to interact with and learn from professionals working in editing, production, advertising, marketing and events, business development, PR, finance, digital sales & marketing, and human resources (with another alum Diana Cotumaccio ’10, HR Manager at IMG). The visit also included lunch with a few young professionals learning the ins and outs of living/working in NYC and each person’s career path to Meredith. It was a fantastic learning experience that provided valuable insight to our student participants. Many thanks to Brooke for offering and organizing this great experience!
I traveled to Houston, Texas in mid-June to spend a week with Quenby Jackson Mott ’89. She is the Head Upper School Dean at Kinkaid School, a private school with about 1,400 students. I attended a school similar to Kinkaid during my middle and high school years (Bullis School), and I hope to return there to teach one day. I specifically expressed interest in this externship because Kinkaid is a private school, and I wanted to learn what it is like to be an administrator at a private school. I learned just that, in addition to picking up a few pieces of life advice along the way. I spent a lot of time in the Dean’s Office during the week. I got the unique opportunity to sit in on phone calls and meetings to get a true sense of what it is like to be an administrator. I expected that there would be a lot of […]