Bridging scholarly and professional interests.

December 2016 – At Drew University, out-of-classroom experience is a must have.

Juniors and seniors in particular are encouraged to complete an internship. To that end, academic departments and the Center for Internships and Career Development connect students with opportunities that bridge scholarly and professional interests. Here’s a look at the six of the coolest internships this year.

jena.sqJena Angeliadis C’17

Major: Economics and French

Office: Securities and Exchange Commission, New York

Duties: “I worked in the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations with the examination team. I looked over financial statements, researched stock activity and wrote analytic reports on my findings. I visited a firm, sat in on interviews with top executives and discussed it with my co-workers.”

What I learned: “Completing an internship at the SEC immediately after participating in the Drew Wall Street Semester was incredible. During the Wall Street Semester, I listened to executives share their perspectives and experiences with the SEC. Few people can say that they have experienced both sides of this type of examination.”

haviland.sqHaviland Atha-Simonton C’18

Major: Theatre Arts

Office: A Free Bird, Brooklyn

Duties: “I planned major fundraising events and worked with the founder to help innovate new programs and find new sponsors. I also ran multiple social media pages for the organization and worked with collaborating artists.”

What I learned: “Being connected to your company’s mission is the most important part of doing effective work. If you love the company and what it serves to do, the work will essentially do itself.”

fulreader2.sqRachael Fulreader C’18

Major: Biology and Spanish

Office: International Rescue Committee, New York

Duties: “I scheduled mandatory refugee health assessment appointments for new refugees, helped them find the office and receive interpretation services. In my new role, I help clients settle into life in America by empowering them to eventually be self-sufficient and self-advocating.”

What I learned: “The face of refugees in sensationalized media does not represent the people I work with every Monday and Wednesday. In almost every interaction I have had with our clients, I have seen more similarities than differences between us. Also, the struggles of refugees and asylees do not end once they come to the U.S.”

engy.square2Engy Gadelmawla C’18

Major: Political Science and Spanish

Office: New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, Newark

Duties: “I worked within the Preparedness Bureau, where I completed inter-bureau and inter-agency projects, shadowed staffers and provided assistance in various capacities.”

What I learned: “My dedicated supervisors helped me find a path that blends my academic and professional interests. Exploring the role of a government agency in topics ranging from financial terrorism to maritime security helped me see my passion for counterterrorism be carried out as a professional career.”

Sollod.sqJoseph Sollod C’17

Major: Environmental Studies and Sustainability

Office: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Arlington, Va.

Duties: “I worked in the Office of Land and Emergency Management doing work with conservation and recovery. I wrote case studies of recent storms and updated a document for state and local emergency management organizations to use as a guideline on how to mitigate waste during a disaster and how to manage it post disaster.”

What I learned: “I contacted regional EPA officials and state officials who dealt with waste management process of bad storms. I learned about what they did and what kind of wastes were produced. I will be a published author once the document is released.”

jonathan.sqJonathan Van Dongen C’17

Major: Psychology

Office: U.S. Senator Cory Booker, Newark

Duties: “I handled front desk staff support, casework assistance for staffers, research projects, event planning for constituent outreach and more.”

What I learned: “Tasks can be unappealing until you stop to consider how this work literally feeds families, helps undocumented residents attain citizenship, supports veterans and ultimately changes lives. Public service is a challenging, yet meaningful career.”