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Internships Success Stories

Pivoting During the Pandemic: Creating an Opportunity for Professional and Personal Growth

Jamie McKinney ‘21 did not let the pandemic stand in the way of her goals. After her initial internship site had to rescind her opportunity, the Business major with the goal of a career in Human Resources, set out to find a person-focused environment where she could refine her communication, organizational, and time management skills.

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At the Crossroads of English and Political Science: A Writing Internship Focused on Social Activism

For Katherine Ramsey ‘21 an unexpected internship opportunity with Remember Their Voices, a nonprofit organization focused on advocating for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) rights and fighting police brutality, led to an important discovery about combining passion with preparation.

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Beautiful Lessons: Interning at the Peninsula Fine Arts Center

As an intern with the Peninsula Fine Arts Center in Newport News, Virginia, she was able to experience all aspects of museum work, including exhibit creation and docent work.

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An Eye on IO: Interning with the Center for Applied Innovation, LLC

Zion Howard ‘20 spent his summer interning with the Center for Applied Innovation, LLC, a consulting firm that works with government officials to enhance performance in a variety of sectors, such as medical care, social work, and defense.

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An Internship in Veterinary Science: Building Connections in the Field

During the summer of 2020, Ukari Perkins '21 completed an internship at Brentwood Animal Hospital near her home in Maryland.

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A Lesson in Serendipity: Interning at the Chrysler Museum of Art

At Virginia Welseyan's Port Day on December 3, 2019, Jenah Creecy '21 presented on her summer 2019 internship at the Chrysler Museum of Art.

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Discovering a Passion for Sea Turtles through an Internship and Research

For biology major Annika Christenson, one of life’s most thrilling moments happened last summer when she helped a batch of sea turtle hatchlings emerge from their nest.

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From an Internship with NATO to an Internship in Spain

Majoring in International Studies and Political Science, Amber Matalus ‘20 journeyed on a path that led her from an internship with NATO-ACT’s Innovation Hub in Norfolk, Virginia

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Transfer Student Makes the Most of VWU's Opportunities

Dylan Ardinger ‘19 (Business) walked through Virginia Wesleyan’s doors as a full-time student for the first time in fall 2017.

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Experiencing Politics First Hand on Capitol Hill

For Gerni, landing a Capitol Hill internship and diving into the world of politics were lifelong goals.

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Connecting the Political Science Classroom with Campaign Organizing

During the fall 2016 semester, Sarah Pybus-Elmore ‘17 (Political Science) interned as a community organizer for Hillary Clinton’s grassroots campaign at the University of Akron in Ohio.

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From Study Abroad to an Internship with STIHL

Tanner Martin ‘17 (Business and German Studies) studied abroad at the the Goethe Institut in Munich, Germany in spring 2016.

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Putting Data Science to Work

Laura Robosto ‘17 (Mathematics) interned this past summer at the headquarters of Campus Crusade for Christ (Cru) in Orlando, Florida. Offering a wide array of programs for its congregation, Cru employs mathematicians who utilize business software and analyze user data to make decisions that benefit the ministry.

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Networking at CNN

Courtney Herrick ‘17 (Communication) attended the Management Seminar for College News Editors (MSCNE) in Athens, Georgia in July 2016. During the week-long seminar, she networked with professionals and peers from other colleges.

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Interning in the Rocky Mountains

Lightning crackled overhead. I ran down the mountainside until I finally reached the base of the trailhead, soaked to the skin. Only a few weeks into my National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) internship in Boulder, CO.

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Serving Communities: From Virginia Wesleyan to Teach for America

Whitney Symons '15 (Biology) teaches 7th graders at Risley International Academy of Innovation in Pueblo, Colorado how drugs affect their bodies. Symons is a volunteer with Teach for America, a program serving children in low-income communities...

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