During their four years at Centre College, 88 percent of students take advantage of the opportunity to test drive a career by engaging in research or an internship, one of three guarantees of the Centre Commitment. A sampling of those internships were recently shared during the Spring Internship Showcase, giving the campus community a chance to learn about the variety of experiences held throughout the term.
In its third year, the internship showcases occur four times a year, highlighting internships opportunities students have in the summer, fall, CentreTerm and spring.
This year, the Center for Career & Professional Development (CCPD) had a total of 38 interns participate, representing both in- and out-of-state opportunities. According to Mindy Wilson, assistant director of the CCPD, students participated in a variety of fields.
Khun Nyan (Joy Joy) ’17 was a research intern at the East-West Center in Washington D.C., an organization that promotes better relations and understanding among the people and nations of the U.S., Asia and the Pacific through cooperative study, research and dialogue.
Throughout the semester, he conducted research on a variety of topics for their projects and publications, as well as wrote articles for the Asia Matters for America publication, among other tasks.
Nyan explained how, as an international studies major, this internship helped him prepare for his future career in international affairs, as he was able to work for an organization that gave him insight as to how it works.
Carson Riley ’17 was a financial consulting intern at Hilliard Lyons, located in Danville. The firm specializes in planning issues, including retirement, business succession, trust and estate planning and education funding.
During his internship, Riley learned everything based on hypothetical situations, due to the confidentiality of their clients. He would provide an investment analysis and research for the situations he was given.
Riley was also provided the opportunity to do equity research, which is a career interest he wants to pursue after Centre, he said.
“A lot of students held internships directly related to what they want to do in the future,” Wilson said. “These experiences really help prepare students for life after Centre.”
by Kerry Steinhofer
May 8, 2017