From government affairs to Ghana, CLAS students spent the summer exploring potential careers

Internships help students explore careers, acquire professional experience and prepare for post-graduate employment. These College of Liberal Arts and Sciences students spent the summer of 2017 working in Washington, D.C., at a Ghanaian hospital, for an executive research company, at an online media hub and at the Philadelphia Zoo.

Madeleine Daly

Madeleine Daly ’19 CLAS had the opportunity to not only work alongside vice presidents and policy analysts but also received invaluable mentorship during her internship at Thorn Run Partners, a government affairs firm in Washington D.C. Villanova’s Public Policy Society—a group of Washington, D.C.-based alumni working in public policy and government-related fields who support current students with professional development, internships and job placement assistance—helped connect Madeleine with the internship. Once there, she had the chance to work closely with Alex DelPizzo '98 CLAS, a partner at Thorn Run, cover Congressional hearings and experience first-hand how policy outcomes affect clients. As a Political Science major who wants to work in government relations, Madeleine had an ideal internship experience.

“It would have been hard to ask for a better experience than working for Thorn Run. From the hands-on environment to the meaningful exposure to policy hearings, Thorn Run has enormously prepared me for my professional career, which I aspire to continue in DC after graduation,” Madeleine says.
Kofi Asamoah

Kofi Asamoah ’19 CLAS gained diversified experiences in his six-week internship at Greater Accra Regional Hospital in Ghana. While working in the ER, he learned the symptoms of respiratory and cardiovascular system malfunction and its treatment methods. In the Medical Ward, he helped analyze the MRIs from patients with concussions and strokes, and in the Baby Ward, he gained exposure to treating infants. Kofi, a Biology major, is pursuing his passions.  

“As an aspiring anesthesiologist, I hope to open a clinic in the US and one in Ghana, that would help those who are underprivileged,” Kofi says. “I learned a vast amount from this experience that will help me in my future endeavors.”
Kyu Jin Jang

Kyu Jin Jang ’18 CLAS applied classroom curriculum to real-world experience during her summer internship with The Stevenson Group, an executive search firm in life sciences. Kyu Jin is majoring in Psychology and aspires to work in Human Resources. As an intern, she assisted with projects that would improve the company’s candidate sourcing, and she says her classes with Christian Thoroughgood, PhD, professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences, prepared her for this internship.

“It was an exciting experience to apply my classroom learning to my internship. In Dr. Thoroughgood’s class, I learned about staffing decisions, motivation in the workplace and company culture. It was illuminating to witness the application of these important HR practices,” Kyu Jin says.
Griffin Butterfield

Griffin Butterfield ’18 CLAS is the ultimate sports fanatic, and his summer internship at Hubbuzz combined his personal and academic passions. Hubuzz is a start-up discovery network comprised of various social media hubbs. Griffin managed the Hoopshubb content where he compiled articles, photos and videos that highlighted top basketball news. Griffin, majoring in Communications, found his internship directly reinforced what he learned in the classroom.

“Knowing your audience is one of the major points I’ve learned in my public relations classes. If I didn’t understand the fans of Hoopshubb, I wouldn’t have been able to cater to their interests and create a successful sports haven,” he says.
Amanda DeCruccio

Amanda DeCruccio ’18 CLAS spent her summer training species from goats to porcupines. Amanda, a Biology major, worked as an intern at the Philadelphia Zoo’s Kid Zoo U, which focuses on education and houses the greatest range of animal. She prepared enrichment programs—activities that preserve, encourage and challenge the animals’ natural instincts—such as food puzzles for birds of prey and a ball pit for an armadillo. The opportunity was a natural fit for Amanda, who has wanted to pursue a career working with animals for as long as she can remember.

“My current aspiration is to attend veterinary school, but I am continually exposed to new ways that I could have a positive impact on animals,” Amanda says. “This internship showed me paths that I did not know existed.”

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