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Internships Provide Valuable Hands-On Learning Opportunities

Internships
Nicole Komorowski '15 at her summer internship in the Yonkers Forensic Laboratory

For Nicole Komorowski '15, a forensic science and investigative services double major, the hands-on nature of her classes have provided good preparation for her internship at the Yonkers Forensic Lab.

"This lab mainly deals with drugs and fingerprints, both of which I have had experience with in classes," she wrote in a recent blog entry. "For example, I was already familiar with all of the color tests performed on the drugs because I had worked with them in my Criminalistics class. Now in the lab, I could more easily build on that information and go into more depth such as why some are used over others and their benefits."

Komorowski is one of eight students participating in internships around the world through the Bergami Summer Internship Program. The students received a stipend that is funded through the generosity of Board of Governors member – and former Board Chair – Sam Bergami '85 EMBA and his wife, Lois, and the Division of Student Affairs. The students are blogging about the experience throughout the summer.

Trying Something New

When Connor Briggs '15, another student in the program, started looking for a summer internship, he knew he wanted to try something new. 

"As somebody who wants to get into international politics, I knew that to really stand out to graduate schools and future employers I had to go outside of my comfort zone in choosing where to be an intern for the summer," Briggs wrote in a blog entry.

A global studies and political science double major, he has done that by securing an internship with the International Governance and Risk Institute in London. He hit the ground running from day one, covering international economics, fighting against money laundering and working to combat financing toward terrorism and cybercrime.

"I am being pushed by GovRisk to do the same work that they do and to produce results that will help the company," he wrote.

Anastasia Frace '16, a biology major, is spending the summer interning at the Lehigh Valley Zoo in Schnecksville, Pa. Her daily work includes caring for the African penguins, river otters, fox, Mexican gray wolves, birds of prey, and porcupines.

"This is one of the coolest jobs I can think of doing," wrote Frace, who plans to pursue a master's degree studying animal behavior. "Some of my friends and family are actually jealous of what I get to do every day!"