Resume Builders: CLAS Students Share Their Summer Internship Experiences

Experiential learning is a cornerstone of a College of Liberal Arts and Sciences education. Internships help students explore careers, acquire professional experience and prepare for post-graduate employment. In summer 2018, CLAS students worked for a range of organizations, from leading corporations like Lincoln Financial Group to important nonprofits like Women Organized Against Rape.

Lauren DePiero is majoring in English.

An internship at Main Line Today magazine was ideal for writer Lauren DePiero ’20 CLAS (English). She conducted interviews for feature stories, wrote pieces for publications and assisted with the magazine’s “Women on the Move” photoshoot. She says her CLAS coursework prepared her not only because it was directly applicable, but also because it bolstered her confidence—specifically citing a poetry course she took with Colette Bryce, the 2018 Charles A. Heimbold Jr. Chair of Irish Studies.

“Before taking this class, I hadn't had much experience working with or writing poetry, but Professor Bryce's open attitude made me feel more comfortable exploring a new area of writing. This allowed me to feel confident and self-assured when delving into magazine writing, another style of writing that felt foreign to me, during my internship,” says Lauren.

Begum Galiv is studying psychology.

For Begum Galiv ’19 CLAS (Psychology) working at Women Organized Against Rape was the perfect fit for her professional passions. Begum wants service to be central to her career and says her goal is to eradicate sexual violence through education.

“I plan to educate people on how to the gain the skills to support victim-survivors of sexual assault,” she says. “Thanks to the internship position I held at WOAR, I am ready to pursue a career to educate and help people all while making a difference.”

Before her internship, Begum completed Sexual Assault Crisis Counselor training and Mental Health First Aid Training for Adults and for Youth. As a sexual assault counselor and crisis Intern at Woman Organized Against Rape, she provided crisis counseling information and referrals, offered direct counseling to walk-ins and accompanied survivors to medical and court appointments.

Jhane Gibson is majoring in Communication.

For Jhane Gibson ’19 CLAS (Communications), spending the summer working as a talent and development intern at Accolade, an employer healthcare consultancy, wasn’t just an education in developing real-world research skills but also in collaborating with colleagues. Her most significant project was working with a senior manager to create the company’s career development website.

“My internship experience was the perfect fit for me,” she says. “I’m now aware of the kind of company I would like to work at, the culture I would like to immerse myself in, as well as the work I want to do.”

Jhane also had the opportunity to develop a proposal for a mentorship program and conduct research to improve the company’s talent and development processes. She says the critical and analytical thinking from her CLAS curriculum set her up for success at Accolade.

 

Bryan White is studying Political Science.

Defensive lineman Bryan White ’19 CLAS (Political Science) is just as prepared off the field as he is on the field. Bryan has a career game-plan, and his summer internship at Lincoln Financial was an ideal first-play.

“After college I want work in sales and this internship gave me that first-hand experience,” Bryan says. “I enjoy the competitive nature of sales because it is easily relatable to football—you have to put in the work in order to hit your numbers.”

His main responsibilities were researching monthly product updates, stock market updates and tracking small and medium bonds.