My name is Austin Allen and I am rising senior majoring in business management with a concentration in finance and minor in marketing at Washington College. This summer I was fortunate enough to receive an internship offer from Hearst Television. I was able to receive this internship by first being accepted into the class of 2019 T. Howard Foundation. The T. Howard Foundation is a mission driven organization dedicated to increasing diversity in the media industry. Hearst is a national multimedia company and I am working with the finance team under Alex Mejía. The team and I have been working on the Long Range Plan which deals with forecasting for the company, Digital Commissions, and a Capital project for each station. These projects have giving me hands on experience with forecasting, and financial analysis within the company. I have also had the great opportunity to have 1 on 1 meetings with the President of Hearst, President of Broadcasting, and other top executives in leadership positions. For me personally, the individual meetings are the best part because it allows me to pick their brain, understand their unique pathway to where they are now, and receive guidance as well. Being at Hearst Television this summer has allowed me to make many connections and meet so many different people. This opportunity has really allowed me to experience the corporate world on an everyday basis and learn about the media industry as well. Combining business and media is something that has always been a passion of mine and I look forward to continuing that passion after college.
My name is Becca and I am an English major with a Journalism, Editing & Publishing minor going into my third year at WAC. This summer I am working as a copy editing intern at the Jackson Hole Daily, a newspaper in beautiful Jackson Hole, Wyoming. I emailed the editor of the paper on a whim inquiring about an internship opportunity, and, with the help of Dr. Elizabeth O’Connor and a generous grant from the Cater Society of Junior Fellows, I was offered the position! The skills I have learned in courses such as Intro to Journalism and Literary Editing & Publishing transfer to this internship perfectly and I am grateful that I am able to get first-hand experience for the new JEP minor. Even though I’m almost 2,000 miles away from WAC, there just so happens to be a Washington College alum working in the news office. Talk about a small world!
My name is Max Lambert and I’m a rising senior. I’m an environmental studies major with minors in Chesapeake regional studies and political science. I am currently interning at ShoreRivers, an environmental NGO dedicated to improving water quality on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. I am working on a variety of projects, including removal of invasive Water Chestnut from the Sassafrass River, helping to conduct testing on the effectiveness of drainage systems in agricultural fields, and interacting with local communities on educational projects. ShoreRivers is an incredibly dedicated group of people, and working with them over the past several weeks has been a spectacular opportunity to gain experience as part of an environmental non-profit and the varied responsibilities that entails.
Working in defense of local waterways and environmental health has been an amazing way to spend my final summer before graduation, and an internship at ShoreRivers is one I would recommend to anyone interested in protecting and restoring Eastern Shore waterways.
My name is Ellie Lienert and I am a rising senior majoring in physics. I am currently a medical physics summer fellow with the American Association of Physicists in Medicine, specifically performing clinical radiation therapy rounds at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and proton beam research at the University of Washington Medical Center. At Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, I work closely with the dosimetrists, physicians and radiation therapists. I assist in patient chart checks and patient specific plan checks for radiation treatments of specific cancers where we make sure the patients are receiving the correct radiation dosage and correct beam angles. At the University of Washington Medical Center, I am studying the biological effects of proton beams for therapeutic treatment compared to conventional open photon beams that are currently used in clinics. Proton beams are able to target high risk tumors inside the body and precisely localize the radiation dose, so the tumor site receives the most dose while limiting residual dose to adjacent vital organs and healthy tissue. Proton therapy could eventually provide a satisfactory solution for treatment of glioblastoma multiforme and pediatric medulloblastomas. This unique experience has allowed me to apply my knowledge of physics to the medical field, and I have really enjoyed working with this team of doctors, therapists and other medical physicists in providing the best care for patients.
Hello! I am Tamia Williams, a rising Junior with double majors in English and Communication(s) & Media Studies and double minors in Creative Writing and Journalism, Editing & Publishing. am currently interning at the Library of Congress Publishing Office as a part of the Explore America Summer Internship Program. Thanks to the Starr Center, I have been able to explore Washington, D.C. My summer work has included proofreading manuscripts, creating and organizing art logs, checking source citations, and researching while using the LOC catalog. After hours, I visit museums (like the National Building Museum’s ‘Secret Cities’ exhibit), enjoy nature (at the National Botanical Gardens), appreciate animals (while touring the National Zoo), and become acquainted with other LOC interns.
This summer I was fortunate enough to be awarded an internship in the SURE (Summer Urological Research Experience) program at the Brady Urological Institute at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. The lab team I have been working with, under the direction of Dr. Kenneth Pienta, is all about prostate cancer research and understanding the tumor microenvironment. The project I have primarily been working on has been to assess and characterize the role of tumor-associated macrophages in prostate cancer, in murine models. This experience has given me hands on training in mice handling and dissection, cell dissociation, genotyping, cell culturing(cancerous and non-cancerous cells), as well as an in-depth education of urogenital cancer. In addition to the hands-on lab work, I was also able to attend weekly seminars, journal club discussions, and watch several robotic surgeries.
The biology courses at Washington College, including immunology, microbiology, and biotechnology, gave me a great foundation that this experience has been able to build upon.
It has been incredibly exciting being at the front of some amazing translational research. This experience has really shown me what life in a cancer research lab is all about, and I cannot wait to continue the fight against cancer after graduation.
My name is Sarah Collins and I am a rising sophomore from Worton, Maryland. I am a Sociology major with minors in Public Health and Marketing. I am currently working as a Junior Apprentice & Social Media Intern at Washington College’s GIS Lab on-campus and also working off campus as an Animal Care Technician at the Animal Welfare League (AWL) of Queen Anne’s County. As a person who has always had a passion for service, I am enjoying working at two jobs which allow me to make a difference. Since May, I have been working on the Maryland Highway Safety Office (MHSO) grant at the GIS lab. The MHSO grant primarily focuses on providing impaired driving analysis and traffic records improvement. The comprehensive analysis tools available in GIS give law enforcement personnel the opportunity to proactively plan by understanding the trends in impaired vehicular crashes and citations. The GIS lab has helped me improve my analytical and critical thinking skills while also allowing me to make an impact on the safety of others.
There has never been a time in my life when I haven’t been surrounded by animals, it has shaped the person I have became and fueled my passions. For over a decade I volunteered at my local Humane Society, which led to part-time internship then to a paid job early last year. There is truly nothing else that makes me happier than working in animal welfare. A few weeks ago I accepted a part-time job offer to work at AWL and cannot imagine loving a job more than I do right now. Working as an Animal Care Technician allows me to gain hands-on animal care experience, strengthen my talent as an animal advocate, assist with marketing projects in non-profit communications and make dreams come true for homeless pets. To me, passion is the difference between having a job or having a career, I have hopes of working in the animal welfare field after I graduate.
My name is Mari Mullane and I’m a senior majoring in History with a minor in German Studies. This summer, thanks to the Starr Center’s Explore America Summer Internship Program, I have the absolute pleasure of interning in the Mount Vernon Education Department. Part of my duties include writing content emails that are sent out to educators across the country and creating sample itineraries for teachers. The big program I’ve worked on so far has been the George Washington Teacher Institute Alumni Reunion which was a celebration of twenty years of residential professional development programs. I’ve also been working on this year’s Teacher Institute programs where I’ve been leading examples of classroom activities and in a few weeks will be delivering a presentation of my own design on POWs in the American Revolution for our professional development week themed around George Washington in the Military. I’ve also been able to do research for my senior thesis in the Fred W. Smith Library which has been amazing.
My name is Sean Garin and I’m a biology and chemistry major going into my senior year. This is my second summer at the Naval Research Lab doing biochemical research in the Center for Biomolecular Science and Engineering Division. I found this opportunity through a professor at Washington College and have been able to use the skills I learned though my courses for practical research. I love my time at the lab, as I feel accomplished using newly developed techniques to explore mechanisms of the cell previously untapped.
My name is Douglas Kurtz, a rising Junior at WAC, and I’m entering my fourth week in my NOAA 5 Colleges internship with the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Naples, Florida. My placement is with the Sea Turtle program, which specifically deals with locating and protecting Loggerhead sea turtle nests along the Cape Romano beaches complex. Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve monitors sea turtle nesting in four locations within the reserve: Sea Oat & Coconut Islands, Kice & Cape Romano and assists US Fish & Wildlife in the Ten Thousand Islands. As of June 3, 512 nests have been discovered along area beaches. That is 206 more nests than last year at the same time! We are busy at work recording data and placing cages over the new nests to help protect them from predators such as raccoons and bobcats. We will monitor the nests to prepare for hatching season in the coming months! I’m so grateful for the opportunity to protect wildlife and gain valuable, enriching, fieldwork experience!
My name is Betty Yirga and I am a rising junior, majoring in Business Management and International Studies. I am currently a Capital Markets intern at Corbin Advisors in Farmington, CT. I was first introduced to this internship at the Washington College Career Fair. After going through a thorough interview process I was able to secure this summer internship. As a Capital Markets intern at Corbin Advisors, my duties include: transcribing and editing institutional investor and analyst interviews, assisting with the firm’s quarterly market sentiment research reports, the general company and industrial research as well as administrative tasks. Even though it has been a few weeks since I began my internship, I have developed my knowledge and understanding of investor relations and capital markets. I also have learned research methodology and execution in addition to enhancing my verbal and written communication skills.
My name is Olivia Oakley and I am a biology major. I am interning along with Adrienne Chase, a biology major with psychology and chemistry minors. This summer we are working under Dr. Terumi Kohwi-Shigematsu, a WAC alumna, in her research lab at the University of California, San Francisco. The lab focuses on cancer research, specifically the SATB1 protein that regulates gene expression. We are learning techniques relating to molecular and cell biology. We also get to explore the city on the weekends! We heard of this opportunity from the bio department and the Career Center and were able to interview for the positions on campus. This research is exciting and the skills we are learning will help us as we pursue careers in the field of biology.
My name is Justin Nash and I’m a rising junior majoring in English and Communication & Media Studies with a minor in Journalism, Editing, & Publishing. This summer I’m spending my time at Copper Canyon Press, one of the foremost independent publishers of poetry in the country. I first found the opportunity at the annual Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) Conference in Tampa, FL—which I had the privilege of attending with the Rose O’Neill Literary House—where Copper Canyon had a booth. I applied never thinking I’d actually get a position, but here I am! Over the course of the summer I’ll be working in every department, from book production to fundraising, marketing, editing, publicity, reader engagement, and whatever else comes my way. It was a bit daunting coming in, but Washington College couldn’t have prepared me any better.
My name is Stephaney Wilson and I am a Senior majoring in Biology and Theatre with a minor in Public Health. I am currently a Research Assistant at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in the Berger Lab. The lab is focused on understanding the molecular components involved in the organization, preservation and flow of genetic information.
I am assisting postdoctoral fellows and graduate students by genetically-engineering and cloning plasmids to assist with the development of protein structures. Such as topoisomerase’s an enzyme involved in the starting the replication of DNA. This enzyme is targeted in recent chemotherapy drugs by inhibiting it from binding to DNA ultimately leading to cell death in cancerous cells. The research performed in this lab is at the forefront of new drug discoveries to fight cancer.
I found this research position by cold emailing the principle investigator, expressing my interest in joining his lab and it just so happens that one of the post-doctoral fellows working in his lab happened to be married to a Washington College Alum! The best summer experience happened to me unexpectedly.
My name is Abby Wargo; I’m a rising senior majoring in English with minors in creative writing and journalism, editing & publishing. This summer I have the pleasure of interning at the Kent County News in Chestertown for the second year in a row. As the Editor-in-Chief of The Elm, I am automatically offered the opportunity thanks to the Harwood Grant, which funds the internship. I enjoyed my time there last summer so much that I wanted to come back, and since I will be serving as the EIC again next school year I was able to do so! I have most of the duties and responsibilities of a regular reporter; that is, covering events, taking photos, conducting interviews, and, of course, writing stories. Becoming more familiar with Chestertown and Kent County outside the confines of Washington College has been super fun and beneficial, as well!
My name is Ashley Maczka and I am a rising senior majoring in psychology on the premedical track. This summer, I am working for the Washington College GIS program as a Junior Apprentice. I chose to intern with the GIS program because I wanted to learn a new skill and gain exposure in online mapping. Learning how to use the ArcGIS system will help me greatly in my prehealth and public health career paths due to gaining the background skills necessary to do epidemiological research. While interning at GIS, I have been working on the Maryland Highway Safety Office (MHSO) grant which works to analyze and map out vehicular crashes and citations due to impaired driving (i.e. driving under the influence). I’ve currently been working on Fourth of July Holiday Maps for various counties in Maryland to help law enforcement understand trends in impaired vehicular crashes and citations surrounding the holiday. So far, I have enjoyed every minute of my internship and am excited to see what the rest of the summer holds.
At Public Citizen I work as a grassroots organizer on the Democracy is for People campaign which is fighting for the preservation of constitutional rights for people - not corporations. As a grassroots organizer it is my responsibility to do community outreach, work with activists around the country to get them involved in the campaign, host rallies, and to attend bill hearings.
I’m so grateful that I am involved in a campaign that is fighting for the protection of our democracy.
My name is Mitchell, and I am a rising senior undergraduate at Washington College majoring in Communications and Media (CMS) Studies who is interested in a career in the Environmental Communications field. This summer I am enjoying an intern placement at STROUD™ Water Research Center located near Kennett Square, Pennsylvania thanks to the Career Center placement at WAC. The freshwater research center’s mission seeks to advance knowledge and stewardship of freshwater systems through global research, education, and watershed restoration.
I currently work with both Citizen Science and Development. After three weeks, I’ve experienced many beautiful streams and rivers, worked on video editing, processed samples in the lab, helped to implement a large fundraising event, and attended a picnic to honor the 2019 intern staff. This work experience is a perfect fit for me who hopes to work in Environmental Communications with conservation issues in my home state of Hawaii. The internship is allowing me opportunities to use my CMS skills in an office setting, in the laboratory, and out in the field. It’s a fulfilling job working with a team to contribute to research focused on bettering the condition of our most precious natural resource, fresh water. The staff is very welcoming and I am looking forward to what is coming next!
My name is Olivia Butler and I’m a rising junior. I’m an environmental science major with a Chesapeake regional studies and biology minor. I am currently interning at the University of North Florida through a Research Experience for Undergraduates program. I am working with my mentors Dr. Nikki Dix and Gabby Canas at the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve. Here, I am conducting a research project on whether benthic microalgae biomass changes under different vegetation types out in the salt marshes. Black mangroves are migrating poleward into salt marshes as there are less cold snaps to kill them in these northern ranges, and this study allows us to see if the base of the food web (algae) is being affected by this change in vegetation. This internship has given me amazing research and field work experience and I can’t wait to see the end results!