Students share internship experiences at fall showcase

As part of the Centre Commitment, every Centre College student is guaranteed an internship or research opportunity, and this fall, 31 students held internship positions in various companies and offices, government agencies, non-profits and schools. Thirteen interns presented their work at the Fall Internship Showcase held at the Norton Center for the Arts, Nov. 30.

“This semester has been one of the most diverse falls that we’ve had, between our local internships and our study away options,” said Mindy Wilson, assistant director for the Center for Career & Professional Development.

Wilson said that, in addition to on-site internships, there were virtual opportunities that were new to the students. These included New Heartland Group and ViaSat.

“About half of our students interned in or around Danville, while the other half interned as part of the Centre-in-China and Centre-in-Washington programs,” she added. “I love that our students have the opportunities they do in the local area as well as the option to be away from campus to intern.”

Behavioral neuroscience major Emmely Ovalle ’19 interned at Danville Orthopedics and Sports Medicine.

In her role, she observed physical therapists, helped lead patients through exercises and performed different types of treatment modalities. In addition, she researched cupping therapy, in order for the clinic to start utilizing this innovative technique more often.

“In the beginning, I was a little skeptical about physical therapy, but I have gone through it myself, so that’s what initially sparked my interest,” Ovalle said. “This internship definitely sold it for me.”

Taylor Limbach ’18 interned at Hogsett Elementary School as an intern with the school’s guidance counselor.

She helped prepare posters, taught guidance lessons and attended Individualized Education Plan (IEP) meetings.

“I always wanted to work with kids, but I didn’t know if I wanted to be a teacher or work as a counselor or social worker,” Limbach said. “After this internship, I am definitely looking into school counseling.”

Psychology major Russell Mansfield ’18 learned about the functions of a local health department as an intern at the Boyle County Health Department.

During his internship, he built the website for Boyle County’s Agency for Substance Abuse Policy (ASAP), and he also did research for a paper he’s writing about the Boyle County Syringe Exchange Program at the health department.

“Last semester, I still wasn’t sure where I wanted to go career-wise with my major,” Mansfield said. “Over the summer, I interned with the State’s health department, but I wanted to have a local perspective, and this internship has been really helpful.”

by Kerry Steinhofer
December 1, 2017