Student Fellows Present Posters on Summer Internship Experiences
CANTON — Sean Coleman ’15 never planned to go into education. A psychology and music double major from Bristol, N.H., Sean originally thought about going straight to graduate school and pursing a doctorate degree. But, this summer changed everything for him. He took part in an internship at Bethlehem Central High School in Delmar, N.Y., after being awarded a University Internship Fellowship. And now, Sean is thinking his future might be in public schools.
“I loved working with the kids in the district, and now I think I want to go into education because of this internship this summer,” Sean said. “I think doing an internship gives college students the opportunity to see what it’s really like actually working instead of just taking classes. It also helps us shape exactly what it is we want to do after graduation. Like me, after this experience, I can now say that I know I want to work with high school students and young adults.”
Sean was one of several St. Lawrence Internship Fellowship recipients who highlighted their summer internship experiences during a poster presentation held Oct. 4 in the Sullivan Student Center’s Winston Room. Established in 1997, St. Lawrence University’s Internship Fellowship Award is designed to promote leadership and career development opportunities for undergraduate students. Awarded to students who have secured internships on their own, including structured career development or research opportunities, the award helps offset the cost of living and travel expenses incurred during students’ internship experiences.
Some students, like Zoe Garry ’14 of Watertown, N.Y., used the internship experience to pursue existing interests. Zoe, who is a Middle Eastern and Arabic studies student, interned this summer for the Institute for Palestine Studies in Washington, D.C., after having spent the previous two semesters in Amman, Jordan. Her poster included several pictures of Palestine and the people living there before the modern Israeli nation was created in 1948.
“Some people say that Palestine lacks any history because it lacks a strong academic community,” Zoe said. “The institute is trying to supply that academic backing and is writing the history of the Palestinian people. I personally think it’s important for people to understand that people lived in this land and had their homes there before Israel existed.”
Allison Paludi ’14, from Duanesburg, N.Y., was surprised that her domestic internship turned out to be just as rewarding and educational as several of her overseas experiences. Allison had taken part in the Kenya Semester Program in spring 2013 and completed her Senior-Year Experience (SYE) in Uganda after the semester ended. Her internship, however, took place in Steamboat Springs, Colo. — a place that didn’t at first seem all that remote or exotic to Allison. She interned for an organization called Book Trails, which provided children who normally live in the resort-community’s many apartments and condominiums with a summer literacy program out on local ranches.
“As part of my internship, I read a different book with students every week and developed lesson plans,” said Allison, who is a global and African studies student and has applied for a teaching assistantship in Kenya through the Fulbright Program after she graduates. “Most of my experiences with kids had been in Africa. But this experience taught me that we have cultural and environmental differences right here within our own society. These students got the chance to learn from me, and me from them.”
Initially created by a gift from Vivien Gardner Hannon ’43, this fund has now grown to include several other donors including the Sol Feinstone Alumni Award Fund, the Michael W. and Pamela Van Hoven Clark Career Planning Fund, the St. Lawrence University Alumni Council, Doug Brown ’63, Stanley Macdonald ’65, Richard Carlson ’69, Thomas Walker ’79, and other anonymous donors.
An information session for students interested in applying for an Internship Fellowship will take place from 5p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30 in the Sullivan Student Center, Room 242. The deadline for Winter Internships Fellowship applications is Nov. 14.
For more information, contact Career Services at 315-229-5906.
This year’s summer Internship Fellowship poster presenters were:
Raisul Bhuiyan ’16 – Kings County District Attorney’s Office, New York
Josh Cameron ’15 – North Country Public Radio, Canton, N.Y.
Merrill Clerkin ’14– American Councils for International Education, Washington, D.C.
Sean Coleman ’15 – Bethlehem Central High School, Delmar, N.Y.
Alexander Durocher ’14 – Department of Agriculture Resources for the State of Massachusetts, Boston, Mass.
Zoe Garry ’14 – Institute for Palestine Studies, Washington, D.C.
Caitlin Hussey ’14– Malaria No More, New York
Hanane Lahnaoui ’15 – Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China
Maryam Laly ’15 – International Center for Religion and Diplomacy, Washington, D.C.
Molly Manning ’16 – New York Chiropractic College, Seneca Falls, N.Y.
Jeff Mogavero ’16 – Henry’s Fork Foundation, Ashton, Idaho
Sarah Moore ’14 – Seeway Trust, Arusha, Tanzania
Conant Neville ’15 – North Country Public Radio, Canton, N.Y.
Grace O’Neil ’14 – Archaeology field school through Muhlenberg College, Coastal Maine
Allison Paludi ’14 – Book Trails, Steamboat Springs, Colo.
Joanna Patouris ’14 – World Vision International, Washington, D.C.
Facundo Rivarola ’14 – BASE Investigaciones Sociales, Asuncion, Paraguay
Leslie Stratton ’14 – U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte