Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

David Perelman

A new perspective: I have always been passionate about being active in promoting services for children with special needs, but Wheaton certainly provided me with a more comprehensive picture of what that entails. One of the most important courses I took was Special Education with Professor Marge Werner. We discussed everything from laws regarding free and appropriate public education as a right, to how to address the needs of children who possess particular physical, learning, and behavioral difficulties.

Drama for thought: As a Psychology major and Theatre minor, I have always been interested in acting and in how human beings interact in order to achieve their goals. Theatre has always been a passion that I found to be very relevant to my Psychology courses in social, health, and political psychology. Majoring in Psychology has allowed me to study research methods and statistics, which have given me the quantitative background necessary to succeed in research analysis. I hope to combine my two areas of study and apply them to positions in marketing and children’s policy advocacy.

Hands-on learning:  Last summer, I interned part-time at the Lionheart Foundation in Needham, Mass., where I focused on outreach work for The National Emotional Literacy Project for Youth-at-Risk. In Summer 2010, I was a Wheaton Fellow and a full-time intern engaged in paralegal and special projects-related work for the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law in Washington, D.C. Both experiences have provided me with insights into the function of nonprofits and the roles they can play in social justice and equality.

After graduation: I will intern with May Institute in Randolph, Mass., where I will provide data processing and entry as well as analysis of long-term patterns towards fundraising goals. I look forward to making presentations of my findings to colleagues and prospects, as well as promoting the Institute’s mission of serving individuals and their families.

Best foot forward: Ben Chalot from Career Services at the Filene Center knew May Institute was hiring interns. He played a crucial role in helping me develop my résumé and cover letter, as well as with preparing for the interview and the follow-up process.