Externships

Mike Karchner ’19 – NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine (NC)

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NCSU CVM Turtle Team Externship My week-long externship spent with the Turtle Rescue Team has definitely made my list of memorable moments. Since I was coming into this experience with no knowledge of or experience with turtles and even exotics for that matter, I already expected to learn a lot during my time there. However, I didn’t expect to be so fascinated by these small, humble creatures. When I arrived on site for my first day, I was put to work right away cleaning habitats and soaking turtles. As I made acquaintances with each of our patients for that week, the vet students taught me how to identify various species of turtle, how to determine their sex, and how to handle them. Eastern Box turtles, which only weigh less than a pound, are much stronger than you would think which I learned that hard way trying to pry open many shells to administer eye drops […]

Externships

Julia Ruff ’20 – Baylor College of Medicine, Hugo Bellen’s Lab (TX)

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My week at the Baylor College of Medicine was very exciting and worthwhile. Going into the week I had questions such as what steps did my host, Doctor Megan Campbell, take to achieve this position, what does working in a lab actually look like, and is this a position I want to work towards. So with these questions in mind, and some nerves, I started my journey from Boston to Houston. As soon as I landed, Megan greeted me with a welcoming smile and took me under her wing for the week. Megan is working in Hugo Bellen Lab in the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute, that works specifically with fruit flies, or Drosophila . I was able to not only able shadow Megan and learn all about her pathway to Houston, but she made it possible for me to get hands on experience in the lab which I am extremely grateful for. […]

Externships

Amanda Benfante ’20 – Penn State Hershey Medical Group Elizabethtown (PA)

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5 Reasons Why I Want to be a Pediatrician This May, I was given the opportunity to shadow Dr. Denise Telford-Wren, a pediatrician at Penn State Hershey Medical Center in Elizabethtown, PA. I spent a week following her around at her office, meeting her patients, and getting to ask as many questions as I wanted about the medical field. In addition, I met multiple medical students and pediatric residents and was able to talk to them and gain a better understanding of what they do. Throughout this week, I learned how difficult and long the path to becoming a pediatrician is. However, I also learned why it is worth it in the end. 1. Science Outside of a Lab Throughout my life, I have always had an interest in science, but I could never picture myself spending my life working in a lab. As a pediatrician, I would get the opportunity to spend years studying […]

Immersion Trips

Exploring the Food Industry in Baltimore & the Chesapeake Bay

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In connection with the Gettysburg College “Year of Food,” members of the Center for Career Development staff developed a novel, multilayered immersion trip and planned various experiences for students during the latter part of the Spring 2017 semester. To kick it off, on April 25th, alumna Maribeth Black, ’07, who works for the World Food Bank in Rome, shared her career experiences with students. She attended classes and facilitated an open session. Next, on April 28th, we invited students to join staff members at an information session/Meet & Greet at the Mid-Atlantic Farm Credit in Westminster, MD, to learn about the financial operations and job/internship opportunities. The last component of the experience, which took place May 16-18, was an immersion trip to the Chesapeake Bay & Baltimore, MD for a group of 7students.  On the first day, the group traveled to Tilghman Island to explore the Phillips Wharf Environmental Center and cruise on a skipjack […]

Externships

Chris Massos ’18 – Youth Identity Development @ Your Self Series (NY)

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During my externship, I worked with Paula Prentis, co-creator of Your Self Series. This program helps teenagers and middle school children with their social and emotional identity. The program is taught by teachers who utilize the program’s three essential components: a three-book curriculum, an interactive website and student driven discussions about the topics on hand. Mrs. Prentis is well versed in the many problems that teenagers face during their developmental years. She presents to professionals who are interested in how the program works and in how effective the program is with adolescents. During my time working with Mrs. Prentis, I have learned a lot and would recommend the experience for those that wish to work with schools interested in adopting a new curriculum. Specifically, the curriculum would be specialized for adolescents that are dealing with anxiety, heavy work load or other overwhelming issues. If the school doesn’t wish to use the curriculum, there is a […]

Externships

Grace Timko ’18 – The Carmel Pine Cone (CA)

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After a quick career path change at the beginning of my junior year, I have had multiple opportunities to explore different career options through the Center for Career Development. The most recent opportunity brought me to The Carmel Pine Cone in Pacific Grove, California. Over the course of the week, my host, Elaine, demonstrated how to perfect the balance of work and play in her field. As a features editor, her work is inherently interesting. She is constantly switching from subject to subject—a confusing, yet refreshing situation that I encountered during my time with her. The week began with research; I researched topics for a column about home improvement, which coincidentally ended up getting cut on Wednesday—a common occurrence in the ever-changing environment of the newsroom. We set up interviews for the days ahead and researched those subjects as well, developing questions and growing more interested in the people we had yet to meet, but […]

Externships

Taohen Zhao ’19 – Atlantic (USA) LLC (NY)

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First, I want to thank Mr. Dunlop and Mr. Loughman, for giving me the chance to participate [in] this externship in Atlantic (USA) LLC, also thank all my colleagues who treated me friendly and helped me with patience. Although this externship only lasts for a week, I think it is an amazing experience. Before the first day of my work, I realized commuting is not an easy thing for salarymen working in Manhattan. Manhattan has a sky-scraping housing price, therefore, it is common for normal white-collars living in places that take an hour to reach their companies in Manhattan. For me, I need to wake at around 6:30 am and catch the 7:36 am LIRR train to Penn Station, where I will transfer to subway and head to the southern end of Manhattan. This is the only way to go to work on time. Though it’s not easy to follow this schedule, after spending the […]

Externships

Caleigh Flegg ’20 – TBWA, Nissan United (NY)

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An Advertisement For Advertising My first day as an extern with Nissan United was a headfirst dive into the world of advertising. My first meeting with Jon Castle, the president of Nissan United, served as a briefing on every aspect of an ad agency, as well as the complicated and lengthy process between conception and publication of an advertisement. The part of this process that most caught my attention was the idea of a “target audience” and how that audience is found and fleshed out. One of the conference rooms in the office features huge marketing boards detailing the target audience for each individual Nissan model – everything from “millennial hipster” to “adventurous parent”. The way a company specifies branding to target such a hyper specific audience is so intriguing to me. Thankfully, I was able to speak at length with two planners – the people responsible for relaying communication between the regional and global […]