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.
This year, the Center for Career & Professional Development (CCPD) had a total of 61 interns participate in internships, representing both in- and out-of-state opportunities. According to Mindy Wilson, associate director of the CCPD, this is a record number of spring interns in a record-setting year for academic-credit internships.
Students interned at several organizations in a variety of fields. And this semester, two new Kentucky organizations were represented: Haven Care Center in Danville and Magnolia Bank in Elizabethtown.
Four students participated in the Centre-in-Washington program, where they completed internships and took courses that focus on the art and architecture of Washington D.C.
“This was a great group of interns who consistently impressed their supervisors and colleagues,” Wilson said. “We have at least three of our seniors who have been hired for full-time positions after graduation at their internship organizations. It makes me happy to see our students’ contributions during their internships lead to post-graduate opportunities.”
Hans Stromberg ’19 (Lexington, Kentucky) interned at Kentucky Trust Company as a research analyst.
During his internship, Stromberg assisted his supervisor with updating the stock and bond approved lists for the company by researching new stocks and bonds and comparing them with the current list.
“I learned some of what it means to be a certified financial planner and some of the responsibilities that job has,” he said. “I also learned how to act in a professional setting. This experience was very valuable to me, because it helped me better understand what I want to do with my life after I graduate.”
Rebecca Markham ‘20 (Abington, Pennsylvania) participated in the Centre Uniting with Ephraim McDowell Health Program (CUE), an internship program geared toward pre-med students who are interested in learning more about medicine and providing care to the local community.
She spent 120 hours shadowing and observing at a variety of departments and locations associated with Ephraim McDowell Health.
“This internship has exposed me to new fields in medicine that I would like to continue to explore as potential career options,” Markham said. “Specifically, I would like to explore addiction and recovery specialists. The connections that I’ve made with physicians, nurses, techs and patients have given me confidence in my decision to pursue a career in medicine.”
by Kerry Steinhofer
May 14, 2019