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Experiential summer

Students making most out of break with college-funded internships, research jobs

Wheaton students make the most of their summer breaks. Now through August, students are engaged in internships and research positions across the country, from Maine to California, and around the world in locations such as China, France, Spain, South Africa and Tanzania.

They will be shadowing and assisting physicians, therapists, veterinarians, business leaders, attorneys and government officials; promoting concerts; managing theater productions; and organizing social media campaigns. They will work in labs and in the field, assisting experts in their research into memory, the immune responses of amphibians, how music affects dementia, and many more fascinating topics.

And thanks to several Wheaton funding opportunities, many of these students will receive financial support in their endeavors. The Wheaton Edge guarantees that every student, starting with the Class of 2019, will have access to internship funding before the start of their senior year. It’s a commitment that amounts to more than $1.2 million from Wheaton every year.

Here’s a look at some of the places Wheaton students will be working this summer:

Davis International Fellowship

The Davis International Fellows Program awards undergraduates a $5,000 stipend to cover the costs of an unpaid, international internship, volunteer opportunity or research project. The fellowship was established by Trustee Emerita Diana Davis Spencer '60 with funds from the Shelby Cullom Davis Foundation.

Tenzing Andrugtsang ’18, a business and management major from New York, N.Y., will intern with the Comprehensive Rural Health Project in Jamkhed, India, an organization that promotes community health and development.

Chisomo Billy ’18, a double major in economics and Hispanic studies, from Lilongwe, Malawi, will be a social work intern with the Minjeni Women’s Group, through World Unite Intercultural Experience, in Moshi, Tanzania.

Julia Corey ’19, a double major in international relations and African, African American, diaspora studies, from Fairhaven, Mass., will intern with the Cape Town Refugee Centre in Cape Town, South Africa.

Maria Matrango ’18, a neuroscience major from West Yarmouth, Mass., will shadow physicians and teach English to community members with the Atlantis Project in Alcazar De San Juan, Spain.

Trelawny Robinson ’19, an international relations major from Petersham, Mass., will intern with the Cape Town Refugee Centre in Cape Town, South Africa.

Emma Peterson ’18, a neuroscience major from Yarmouth, Maine, will assist veterinary surgeons and work on game capture, rehabilitation, conservation and reintroduction as an intern with the SAVE Foundation in Cape Town, South Africa.

Wabei Saboi ’19, a double major in economics and Hispanic studies, from Mongu, Zambia, will be a social work intern with the Minjeni Women’s Group, through World Unite Intercultural Experience, in Moshi, Tanzania.

Shahd Fahoum ’18, a double major in political science and anthropology, from Oxford, U.K., will intern with ARDHIS, an organization based in Paris, France, that provides legal counsel and other support for France’s LGBT citizens.

Theoni Varoudaki ’18, a double major in psychology and theatre and dance studies, from Chania, Greece, will study brain injury outcomes in the lab of Dr. Jacqueline Anderson at the University of Melbourne’s School of Psychological Sciences, in Melbourne, Australia.

Porter Cleveland Fellowship

Established in 2005 in honor of Nancy Lyon Porter ’43, the Porter Cleveland Fellows Program funds community-based summer internship and volunteer experiences in Cleveland, Ohio. Students receive a $3,500 stipend, plus paid housing at Case Western Reserve University.

Kalgaal Issa ’19, an international relations major from Lewiston, Maine, will intern at the Cleveland Leadership Center.

Ebony Kennedy ’19, an international relations major from Brooklyn, N.Y., is participating in the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland’s Summer Associate Program, where she will assist with public relations and outreach.

Caitly Reynoso ’19, a double major in film and new media studies and business and management, from Brooklyn, N.Y., is participating in the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland’s Summer Associate Program, where she will assist with public relations and outreach.

Justina Ramlakhan ’18, a double major in urban studies and African, African American, diaspora studies, from South Ozone Park, N.Y., will intern with the Cleveland Leadership Center.

Wheaton Fellowship

Supported with gifts from numerous benefactors, the Wheaton Fellows Program helps undergraduates pursue meaningful experiences, both domestic and abroad, that connect back to their academic or career interests. Students receive a $3,000 stipend for experiences that run from six to eight weeks over the summer.

Audrey Aka ’18, a double major in biology and education, from Pittsfield, Mass., will work as a lab assistant in the Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, studying the immune responses of amphibians.

Adaeze Anaebonam ’18, a film and new media studies major from Burlington, Mass., will work as a social media intern with BLEND, a news media site and tech company in New York City, started by Maricielo J. Solis ’14.

Rachael Barbaresi ’18, a psychology major from Medfield, Mass., will be an occupational therapy intern at St. Coletta Day School in Braintree, Mass.

Jillian Bodreau ’18, a double major in political science and Hispanic studies, from Quinebaug, Conn., will intern with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Office of Chief Counsel in Hartford, Conn.

Serafina Bon Tempo ’18, a double major in international relations and Italian studies, from Milford, Mass., will intern with the International Institute of New England-Lowell, in the English for Employment department, in Lowell, Mass.

Kelsey Buckley ’18, an environmental science major from Gilford, N.H., will work as a guided discoveries assistant intern at the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center in Holderness, N.H.

Jesse Charpentier ’19, a neuroscience major from Killingworth, Conn., will study electroencephalogram and anxiety at the Yale Child Study Center in New Haven, Conn.    

Krittika Chatterjee ’18, a women’s and gender studies major from Cincinnati, Ohio, will work as a marketing and promotions intern at PromoWest Productions, a concert promoter based in Columbus, Ohio.

Michelle Connolly ’19, an environmental science major from Stoughton, Mass., will intern with the Coastal Waterbird Program at Mass Audubon in Cummaquid, Mass.

Madi Cook-Comey ’19, an art history major from Shelburne, Vt., will spend the summer conducting intensive research in Wheaton’s Gebbie Archives and Special Collections.

Carly Costello ’18, a business and management major from Holyoke, Mass., will intern at Management Recruiters of Springfield, Mass., working on client and customer support and other duties. Costello has received the Keefe Family Foundation Business Fellowship, part of the Wheaton Fellowship program.

Alivia Cross ’19, a theatre and dance studies major from Searsport, Maine, will work as a collections assistant through the Nancy Hemenway Whitten Barton '41 Fellowship, organizing, inventorying and cataloging artwork and archival materials from Barton’s collection in preparation for an exhibition, to be held at the University of New England Art Gallery this fall.

Nancy D’Haiti ’19, a double major in business and management and Italian studies, from Brooklyn, N.Y., will intern with New York City-based real estate company Eisenberg Exclusives. D’Haiti has received the Keefe Family Foundation Business Fellowship, part of the Wheaton Fellowship program.

Jennifer Elwell ’18, a double major in music and psychology, from Stratham, N.H., will work alongside Assistant Professor of Psychology Katherine Eskine in Wheaton’s Cognitive Neuroscience Lab, investigating the effects of music on the cognitive abilities of people suffering from mild dementia.

Yaohang Fan ’19, a business and management major from Beijing, China, will intern with iTV Media Inc. Fan has received the Keefe Family Foundation Business Fellowship, part of the Wheaton Fellowship program.

Thomas Fenu ’19, an international relations major from La Celle Saint Cloud, France, will intern with the Office for Refugees and Immigrants in Boston, assisting with communications and outreach.

Roger Freeman ’19, a studio art major from Bronx, N.Y., will work as a media intern at Eye Am Records Inc. in New York City.

William Funk ’18, a double major in history and creative writing, from Keene, N.H., will intern with the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization at the University of Washington in Bellevue, Wash., assisting with the study and digitization of 19th century diaries.

Wesley Gallant ’18, a double major in history and political science, from Sherborn, Mass., will intern with the Homeland Security Division of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety in Natick, Mass.

Beemnet Gebreeqziabher ’19, a biology major from Cambridge, Mass., will work as a service excellence intern and unit greeter at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.

Haben Girmay ’20, a biology major from Boston, will work as a patient and family assistant in the MPS Family Resource Room at Boston Children’s Hospital in Boston.

Neil Henry ’18, an environmental science major from Beverly, Mass., will work as a marine biology intern at New England Coastal Wildlife Alliance in Middleboro, Mass.

Marisa Hexter ’19, a history major from North Haven, Conn., will work as a museum and archives studies intern at the North Haven Historical Society and Museums.

Adam Hinthorne ’18, a biology major from Medway, Mass., will intern with the Tiger Creek Wildlife Refuge in Tyler, Texas.

Lauren Hunt ’20, a double major in psychology and early childhood education, from Jefferson, Maine, will intern with Mobius, a nonprofit organization in Damariscotta, Maine, that provides a variety of services to people with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

Chanelle Irakoze ’18, a neuroscience major from Portland, Maine, will intern at the Frannie Peabody Center in Portland, assisting with material translation and interpretation and HIV education and outreach.

Andrea Jelaska ’18, a biology major from Brookfield, Conn., will work as an education/research intern at Cape May Whale Watch and Research Center in Cape May, N.J.

Karalyn Kickham ’18, a psychology major from Walpole, Mass., will intern with the Total Achievement Program, a therapeutic activities program for children with emotional, social, and behavioral challenges, through the Justice Resource Institute, based in eastern Massachusetts.

Arielle Klopsis ’18, a double major in neuroscience and Hispanic studies, from West Islip, N.Y., will work as a research assistant at New York University's Center for Neural Sciences, conducting research on the cellular and molecular mechanisms of memory foundation.

Jacob Kydd ’19, a computer science major from Arlington, Mass., will work on computer programming and engineering for Nara Logics Inc., a Cambridge, Mass.-based company that uses artificial intelligence to help other companies connect data and customers.

Sabrina Leahey ’19, a history major from Winchendon, Mass., will work with Wheaton Associate Professor of History Kathryn Tomasek, transcribing and digitizing a 19th-century ledger.

Wenyi Li ’20, an economics major from Beijing, China, will intern with Beijing-based Baidu Online Network Technology Co., the largest Chinese search engine in the world.

Xinru Liu ’19, a double major in mathematics and computer science, from Shanghai City, China, will intern with Wheaton’s Lexomics Research Group.

Nicole Lussier ’20, a biology major from Providence, R.I., will intern at the West Place Animal Sanctuary in Tiverton, R.I.

Sarah Maliarik ’20, a double major in theatre and Hispanic studies, from Novato, Calif., will intern with Marin Summer Theater in Marin County, Calif., serving as the assistant director for the company’s production of “Heathers: The Musical,” based on the 1988 cult classic “Heathers.”

James Marcucella ’19, a biochemistry major from Reading, Mass., will intern with the Massachusetts Audubon Society, based in Lincoln, Mass.

Jessie Martinez ’18, a business and management major from Jersey City, N.J., will intern with the wedding planning team at Chancey Charm New England in Boston. Martinez has received the Keefe Family Foundation Business Fellowship, part of the Wheaton Fellowship program.

Sol Martinez Guevara ’19, a double major in sociology and Hispanic studies, from Portland, Maine, will work on an independent project of rebuilding the Latino Center in Portland.

Jordan McKay ’18, a business and management major from Newton, Mass., will intern with Brockton Rox Baseball in Brockton, Mass., assisting with game day operations, ballpark management and other duties. McKay has received the Keefe Family Foundation Business Fellowship, part of the Wheaton Fellowship program.

Georgia Michalovic ’18, a biology major from Lebanon, N.H., will conduct an independent research project on campus, studying health care delivery at Wheaton.

Olivia Milne ’18, a political science major from Marstons Mills, Mass., will work as a development intern at GLBQT Legal Advocates and Defenders.

Erin Moynihan ’18, a neuroscience major from St. Paul, Minn., will intern with the National Kidney Foundation in St. Paul, helping with kidney screenings, outreach, research and other projects.

Claire Ober ’18, a biology major from Watchung, N.J., will intern with the South African Shark Conservancy in Hermanus, South Africa.

Elizabeth Oliveira ’18, an English major from Thorndike, Mass., will intern with the Wheaton College Lexomics Group.

Lily Ongkiko ’19, a political science major from Joliet, Ill., will work as a housing and testing intern at the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination in Boston.

Catherine “Katie” Peters ’18, a psychology major from Medway, Mass., will intern with the Rhode Island Department of Public Health’s Center for Food Protection in Providence.

Torielle Popstein ’18, a psychology major from Port Jervis, N.Y., will assist students with special needs as a teacher’s aide at Kimi Ora School in Wellington, New Zealand.

Xavien Powell ’18, a studio art major from Brooklyn, N.Y., will intern with Boston-based fashion design company Lactic Incorporated, helping to manage the studio space, assisting with shows and photo shoots, and exploring the technical aspects of garment construction.

Victoria Renner ’18, a philosophy major from Stroudsburg, Pa., will work as an equal opportunity intern in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity.

Andreina Rojas ’18, a double major in political science and Hispanic studies, from San Juan, Puerto Rico, will intern with Junta Metropolitana de Protección de la Niñez y Adolescencia in Quito, Ecuador, assisting with recording testimonies, legal and court procedures, and other projects.

Heather Rotman ’17, a psychology major from Duxbury, Mass., will intern with The Nan Project, a Lexington, Mass.-based nonprofit organization that focuses on suicide prevention and education.

Ben Sarat ’18, a double major in theatre and dance studies, from Amherst, Mass., will work as a production intern with Above Average Productions, a multi-disciplinary entertainment company based in New York City.

Morgan Shields ’19, a psychology major from Hamden, Conn., will work as a research assistant at the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington, Conn., exploring why some children develop problematic behaviors following exposure to family violence.

Emma Steffens ’19, a computer science major from Cambridge, Mass., will intern with the Wheaton College Lexomics Group.

Kaylee Sye ’19, a business and management major from Acton, Mass., will intern with the Boston Breakers in Boston, Mass., assisting with women’s professional soccer game operations, sales, marketing, communications, logistics and team administration. Sye has received the Keefe Family Foundation Business Fellowship, part of the Wheaton Fellowship program.

Adam Waks ’19, a biology major from Acton, Mass., will job shadow physical therapists at NovaCare Rehabilitation in Concord, Mass.

Molly Witten ’18, a psychology major from Bethesda, Md., will intern with Urban Peak, an organization that provides services to homeless young adults in Denver, Colo.

Joshua Wolfe ’19, a mathematics major from Port Charlotte, Fla., will intern with the Wheaton College Lexomics Group.

Andrea Wood ’19, a neuroscience major from Middleboro, Mass., will intern with the Autism Program at Boston Medical Center.

Hannah Zack ’18, a sociology major from Brookline, Mass., will work as a leadership training intern with Disability Action for America, an issue-based political action committee focused on disability rights, in Jamaica Plain, Mass.

Jiali Zhu ’18, a biology major from Suzhou City, China, will work as a research assistant to Wheaton Professor of Biology Bob Morris, conducting biomedical research at the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory in Maine.