From Classroom to Conference Room: Internships Give LAS Students a Leg Up

Multi-faceted College of Liberal Arts and Sciences students are a good fit in corporate, nonprofit and research environments 

08.02.13 VILLANOVA, Pa. — These summer internships aren’t about making copies or coffee. While interning with organizations like WABC-TV, the United States Golf Association, The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Villanova University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences students have gained significant real-world work experience that utilizes the independent thinking, analytical and communication skills honed in the classroom. This summer they have taken on key responsibilities and made significant contributions to their organizations—while further pinpointing their career paths.    

Oriana Sengos ’15 LAS (Communication major) is spending her summer as an intern in the Programming Department of WABC-TV in New York. She sat in on tapings of “Live with Kelly and Michael” and “Eyewitness News,” writes FCC summaries of weekly-aired public interest shows and assists producers with transcribing interviews and forming scripts for specials that will air on the channel. “I’ve seen what goes on in a control room of a live televised show as well as what happens in the studio,” Oriana says. “I’m getting unprecedented experiences and lessons in the field.”

Kevin Pulsifer ’14 LAS (Math and Psychology double major) is an intern with the United States Golf Association this summer. “My internship revolves around handicaps and statistics,” he says. He’s been out on golf courses measuring drive distances and accuracy on certain holes and determining accurate tee placement and hole locations. He plans on using scores and information acquired from players themselves to work through some of the statistics behind how golf is scored and how handicaps are created.

At Villanova, Diandra Navarro ’15 (Communication major) helps manage the Villanova men’s basketball team. This summer she is an intern with The Hoop Group, which hosts basketball tournaments and camps for elite high school-aged players. As an intern for the Department of Team Tournaments, her duties include tournament organization and preparation and handling logistics. “I’ve learned to not overlook the little things and to pay attention to detail,” she says. “In a business in which you’re constantly in contact with important people, it’s key to always stay on top of things and make sure all runs smoothly.”

For the last two years, Celina DeLuca ’15 LAS (Political Science major) has worked as a program coordinator intern at the Westfield Group, a New Jersey firm that organizes and plans meetings and events for pharmaceutical and life science companies. She creates meeting materials, organizes shipping, and writes and edits meeting agendas and travel information for clients. “From my experiences, I have acquired team building, customer service and event management skills and great relationships,” Celina says. This fall she will study abroad in London.  

While searching for internships, Samantha Marinelli  ’15 LAS (Communication major) applied to the Greater Delaware Valley chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in memory of her aunt, who passed away from MS. As an event publicist intern for the organization, she handles public relations for Bike MS: City to Shore, the Society’s largest event. Cyclists will bike from Cherry Hill, NJ to Ocean City, NJ to raise money for people living with MS. She develops and writes articles to pitch to the media, creates and maintains contact lists, drafts Public Service Announcements and press releases and more. “My experience … has been a fantastic one,” Samantha says. “I have learned so much about working in both the communications industry and at a non-profit organization, and I look forward to applying those skills to my studies at Villanova and in the future.”

Benjamin Kramer ’14 LAS (Physics and Chemistry double major) independently designs and conducts experiments for cancer-related researchas an undergraduate research fellow in the Summer Undergraduate Research Program at the University of Pittsburgh Medical School in the Department of Pharmacology and Chemical Biology. In his experiments, Benjamin examines how the regulation of Caveolin-1, a type of protein, changes when cells are under stressful conditions. “This program has helped me develop a stronger work ethic, independently function in the research laboratory setting and explore the field of academic research,” Benjamin says. At the program’s conclusion he will give a presentation on his findings to the department.

After spending five weeks in the Communication Summer in Greece study-abroad program, Mark Mullany ’15 LAS (Communication major) interned in Villanova’s Human Resources Department. “I enjoyed getting to know the staff, learning their specific jobs and getting at the heart of how HR is vital to an organization’s success,” Mark says. He shadowed various department directors and completed projects for Employment, Benefits and Training/Development. His projects included working on completing background research for Employment and assisting with the New Employee and Benefits Orientations. “I learned how important it is to be detail-oriented, analytical, and patient—not only for working in HR, but for anything I do in life,” Mark says.

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