During their four years at Centre College, 88 percent of students take advantage of the opportunity to test drive their career by engaging in research or an internship, one of the three guarantees of the Centre Commitment. Many of the students who participated in an internship this summer shared their experiences during the Summer Internship Showcase, giving the campus community a chance to learn about the variety of opportunities they engaged in across the globe.
The internship showcase occurs four times a year, highlighting internship experiences students have in the summer, fall, CentreTerm and spring.
This year, the Center for Career & Professional Development (CCPD) had a total of 65 students participate in internships, with 59 who participated in the showcase, representing both in- and out-of-state opportunities, as well as some abroad experiences.
Although many other students participate in summer internships, CCPD is only able to consistently track those who receive funding, credit or are in special internship programs. According to Assistant Director of CCPD Mindy Wilson, this summer, 54 students received funding, nine received Luce Foundation funding and nine participated in the Shepherd Internship Program.
“Internship funding allows our students to dream big about their summer experiences,” Wilson said. “Our funding program enables students to apply to internships away from home and campus and in locations that might provide a wider variety of professional and personal experiences.”
Over the summer, a total of 20 students interned abroad in a number of countries, including England, France, Ghana, India, Myanmar and Thailand.
With the goal of starting a career in international education, music and English major Jessica Haralu ’18 traveled to Assam, India, where she interned at the Assam Valley School. Working with grades fifth through 12th, she taught music theory, gave voice and piano lessons, as well as conducted the choir.
“The students work really hard to locate and apply for exciting internship experiences,” Wilson added. “The variety of internships this summer reflect the variety of interests for our student body.”
Along with a number of opportunities abroad, the remainder of the students interned either in- or out-of-state.
Psychology major and education minor Erica Arbuckle ’18 interned at the Congressional Office of Todd Rokita in Washington, D. C. She was responsible for a variety of administrative duties, giving tours and attending hearings and writing memos for the legislative staff.
Arbuckle explained that the hearings she attended were mostly focused on education, which was her primary interest, as she is leaning toward a career in that field. She applied for this internship in order to gain a different perspective on education policy.
“I decided this would be a good opportunity for me to see education from the federal government’s perspective, since I really only see it from the approach of going to Danville schools as a teaching assistant,” she said.
Arbuckle encourages other Centre students who are interested in going to a larger city to get out of their comfort zones and try something new.
“We encourage all students to work with their career counselors one-on-one to help locate and apply for the internships that fit their personal goals,” Wilson added. “CCPD does all it can to help support students’ career, professional and personal goals for life after Centre.”
by Kerry Steinhofer
September 1, 2017