A record number of 64 Centre College students interned during CentreTerm, a three-week January term that gives students the opportunity to explore unique topics and faraway places through immersive courses, studying abroad or completing an internship or research project. A total of 71 recently participated in the internship showcase, including the Centre-in-China and Centre-in-Washington, D.C. interns from the fall.
“The students are always a joy to work with—Centre students take their internships seriously, and it shows,” said Mindy Wilson, associate director for the Center for Career & Professional Development. “We often receive comments from supervisors that their Centre student is the best intern they’ve had. Centre students represent the school and themselves extraordinarily well in the workplace.”
Wilson said several new organizations hosted internships this term, including Colegio IndoAmericano in Mexico City, the Primate Rescue Center in Nicholasville and the Nashville Center for Hope and Healing.
History major and education minor Abby Skinner ’20 (Nashville, Tennessee) interned during CentreTerm at the Susan Gray School in Nashville, a fully-inclusive early education center committed to providing equal opportunities for children with disabilities.
The school is also connected with Vanderbilt University and hospital, which offers students and families access to resources such as physical therapy, occupational therapy and orthotic and wheelchair fittings.
“Developing strong relationships with the students was the most rewarding part of my internship,” Skinner said. “On my last day, the students in my classroom knocked me to the ground in a pile of hugs. Building strong relationships with the students was incredibly rewarding and meaningful.”
Political science major Tyler Chapman ’19 (Frankfort, Kentucky) presented his internship at the showcase, but participated in the Centre-in-Washington, D.C. program in the fall, working for Congressman Andy Barr.
“My favorite part was getting hands-on experience seeing the meetings and debate between members of congress, as well as their attitudes away from the media’s eye,” Chapman said. “My biggest takeaway is many people, due to campaigning and buzzwords, simplify politics to just ‘politicking,’ when it’s honestly much more complex and functional than the system is credited.”
Wilson added that she loves seeing Centre students participate in academic-credit internships, as it adds depth to what they’re experiencing in the field.
“To see so many students participate this year is exciting, as all of those students will return to the classroom with a new perspective in their field,” she added. “In addition, the experience will help them be competitive when they start looking for post-Centre jobs.”
by Kerry Steinhofer
February 7, 2019
Header image: Lorna Closeil ’20 and Tanisha DeLeon ’19 discuss their internship experiences during the CentreTerm Internship Showcase, Feb. 4.