Communications leader Sally Susman ’84 to give keynote address at Commencement
This summer, 319 members of the Class of 2018 traveled across the country and around the world for Connecticut College-funded internships, exploring careers ranging from environmental policy to fine arts.
Each year, more than 75 percent of rising seniors take part in the College's funded internship program. It's one of the most comprehensive funded internship programs in the country, providing every student the opportunity to receive up to $3,000 for a career-related internship between junior and senior years. The internship is part of a four-year career preparation program that focuses on helping students connect their liberal arts majors to professional opportunities and graduate study.
In August, The Princeton Review named the College’s internship program one of the top five in the nation and listed Conn among the best undergraduate institutions in the country.
Majors: Economics and environmental studies
Hometown: Mount Kisco, New York
Internship: Treasury Partners, New York, New York
Treasury Partners is a wealth management team that provides advice and insight to clients. Sachs joined the team as a private wealth management intern and learned by working closely with clients and from weekly employee teach-ins.
I’m interested in working in either finance or real estate in the future, and this internship not only provided me with an excellent experience within the wealth management field, but has also been a great networking tool.
Hometown: Poughquag, New York
Internship: The Undiagnosed Diseases Network (UDN), Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
To explore a career in genetic sciences, Dillon spent her summer working alongside genetic counselors with the Undiagnosed Diseases Network in Boston. A varied schedule took Dillon to Brigham and Women’s Hospital most days, where she worked closely with patients and specialists using genetics to solve medical mysteries.
Working closely with genetic counselors and members of the UDN has given me a better understanding of what the job entails and how geneticists from across the country work together to understand the inheritance of rare diseases.
Majors: Philosophy and classics
Hometown: Boston, Massachusetts
Internship: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts
As a public relations intern for the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Bole assisted with tracking and filing media mentions, and helped develop social media campaigns that advertise exhibitions and other offerings at the museum. She found her philosophy and classics studies also came into play.
My classics major has become extremely useful when promoting exhibitions and galleries involving the ancient world. I am exploring the possibility of working at an art institution after graduation, and my internship with the Museum of Fine Arts gave me the experience and credibility I need to pursue that option.
Hometown: West Hartford, Connecticut
Internship: Centro di Conservazione Archeologica (Archaeological Conservation Institute), Belmonte, Italy
Most of Fromson's time in Italy with the Centro di Conservazione Archeologica was spent out in the field preserving ancient Roman villas, with a primary focus on excavating and maintaining mosaic stones. An environmental studies minor, Fromson also learned about the impact of climate change on the deterioration of ancient ruins.
We were shown different techniques used in archaeological restoration, and were provided firsthand field experience carrying out the different phases of preserving ancient architectural remains. I also applied techniques acquired from my art classes at Conn to my work at the different sites.
Hometown: Falmouth, Massachusetts
Internship: The Office of U.S. Representative William Keating, Washington, D.C.
Adams experienced the legislative process in action working in the heart of the national government. Whether answering constituent calls, attending briefings on various policy issues, writing memos and reports on important legislation, or giving tours of the U.S. Capitol building, there was always a sense of excitement as an intern on Capitol Hill.
It has been incredible conversing with so many bright and passionate people, and hearing various views on current national policy issues. As an intern, I was exposed to all aspects of the legislative process, allowing me to gain both professional and personal skills.
Hometown: Smithtown, New York
Internship: The International Tennis Hall of Fame, Newport, Rhode Island
Farrell’s internship with the International Tennis Hall of Fame meant helping to organize and execute a men’s professional tennis tournament, the Dell Technologies Hall of Fame Open. It was also an opportunity to research the development of an educational facility with an extended learning program for underrepresented youth.
I want to work in sports, so learning about what is involved in managing a tennis tournament, as well as the operations of other Hall of Fame business ventures, has given me invaluable experience for my future career.
Majors: Computer science and mathematics
Hometown: Fair Haven, New Jersey
Internship: Time Inc., New York, New York
At the Time Inc. headquarters in New York City, List helped create a secure code metric and developed a dashboard displaying real-time data as a global information security intern working with the company’s application security group.
Cybersecurity is needed everywhere and I have enjoyed working for such a large media company with brands like Time, People, Sports Illustrated and Fortune. The team I worked with was so helpful in sharing knowledge; I am really considering a career in security.
Major: Environmental Studies
Hometown: Cold Spring Harbor, New York
Internship: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, Washington, D.C.
During her summer with the NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, Lee worked on environmental policy, experienced Capitol Hill Ocean Week, attended Senate hearings, worked on an executive order, and helped launch the national “Get Into Your Sanctuary” Day.
Working in a government position has opened my eyes to the ins and outs of a turbulent time for the environment. I am an aspiring environmental lawyer and hope to not only go to law school but apply for a Knauss fellowship in my years to come.
Hometown: Southington, Connecticut
Internship: PR Consulting, New York, New York
At PR Consulting, Lembo was introduced to the public relations side of the fashion industry through its corporate fashion department. That meant organizing the company’s fashion closet and managing fashion styling requests from magazines and celebrity stylists.
I’m interested in going into the business side of fashion, so working for a fashion public relations company was a great fit to see what this field is all about. A cool aspect of my internship was getting to run errands and deliver clothing to some of the publications and brands when needed. I got a firsthand look in the fashion world and loved every second of it.
Majors: Government and economics
Hometown: Hingham, Massachusetts
Internship: FactSet Research Systems, Boston, Massachusetts
In the global consulting division of FactSet Research Systems, Rodiger helped clients use the company’s software and data to build financial models, conduct research, and generate reports on portfolios and the market. The daily experience working with clients and investment professionals has given him an early edge in the competitive financial services industry.
As an economics and government major, I anticipate entering a career in finance or law after graduating. Interning at FactSet has provided me with an in-depth look into the financial world and helped me develop the strong analytical skills desired by the industry.
Hometown: Aix-en-Provence, France
Internship: Universidad San Francisco, Quito, Ecuador
In the high-altitude Andean grassland parámo ecosystem of Ecuador, Martin conducted research that quantifies the amount of carbon stored in soil. On a typical field day, Martin took soil samples at different depths, altitudes and slopes from the low temperature and humid grasslands, and characterized the dominant plant species at each site.
We now know there is more carbon in those soils than in all the forests of Ecuador combined. This internship was a great way for me to get experience in ecology and conservation research that will have environmental and economical significance for Ecuador.
Majors: Psychology and sociology
Hometown: Mbabane, Swaziland
Internship: Open Minds, Taringa, Australia
To gain experience in the mental health field, Henderson worked alongside Open Minds staff to conduct daily client visits, which included providing support for daily chores and routine shopping, helping clients set achievable goals, and providing companionship.
I gained firsthand experience in providing mental illness and disability support services in a field that relates to my psychology major. This internship taught me a lot about my own goals and has helped me figure out if this kind of work is a good fit for me to pursue as a career.
Hometown: Short Hills, New Jersey
Internship: Delegation of the European Union to the United States, Washington, D.C.
As the global issues and innovation intern for the Delegation of the European Union to the U.S., Lee’s schedule varied—from attending hearings on the Hill one day, to drafting a speech for the EU ambassador the next. And to inform policy, he reported on budget hearings for the Department of Energy, and heard the World Bank CEO speak on climate financing.
My internship is right at the heart of European environmental policy, which is precisely what I'm exploring with my senior integrative project on Britain’s environmental legacy. Doing exactly what I want to be doing career-wise has been informative and relevant—I got really lucky!
Hometown: Zagreb, Croatia
Internship: NGO Domine, Split, Croatia
At NGO Domine, a feminist non-governmental organization, Gero helped raise awareness of women's rights while also seeking grants for projects that improve women's rights in Dalmatia county in Croatia, where she grew up.
I concentrate on women's rights in my studies, and this internship gave me insight into problems in my home country, as well as knowledge that will help me better Croatia in the future. I would love to continue working in a field that works toward bettering women's rights.
Majors: Biological sciences and anthropology
Hometown: Farmington, Connecticut
Internship: The Mongolian Bankhar Dog Project, Mongolia
Prunk worked closely with Bankhar, a traditional landrace of Mongolian livestock guardian dog, to help keep Mongolian nomadic herding culture alive. And the internship provided a chance to combine two of his passions, conservation biology and cultural preservation, on the field.
As an anthropology and biology double major, I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to conduct field work that pertains to both of my majors, granting me firsthand experiences in real-world issues that will also provide me with an internationalized lens to analyze my studies once back at Conn.
Hometown: Rye, New Hampshire
Internship: Canterbury Shaker Village, Canterbury, New Hampshire
For Nappo, each day at Canterbury Shaker Village brought a different experience. Maintaining educational exhibits, learning the craft of rug hooking, and researching the history of a building for a potential exhibit were some of her duties at the more than 600-acre living museum.
At the village I did a different job every day, and I learned to juggle those jobs well. In the future I would like to work in a museum—what better way to learn what a museum job entails then to be an intern at one?
Major: Environmental studies
Hometown: Falmouth, Maine
Internship: Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve, Wells, Maine
Working closely with researchers and scientists, Fenderson studied whether lobster shell rot disease affects the crustaceans’ ability to reproduce, and, subsequently, the fishing industry. The experience will shape her studies of environmental economics.
Seeing how this disease may affect our local lobster industry is important because so much of our fishing and tourism industry revolves around this one species. My senior integrated project is on how climate change is affecting the economy and culture of Maine fisheries.
Majors: Gender and women's studies and English
Hometown: Kent, Connecticut
Internship: Women's Prison Association, Manhattan, New York
The Women's Prison Association helps women before, during and after incarceration—a cause that resonated with Rimany as she pursues a gender and women’s studies degree. Rimany updated social media and wrote press releases, and conducted research on current legislation on women and the criminal justice system.
Conducting research was not only incredibly interesting and relevant, but it also helped inform the beginning stages of my honors thesis on treatment of HIV-positive women during incarceration. This internship was amazing and has exposed me to the real working world of gender and women's studies.