Internships—Mentors Guiding Students

September 16, 2015

Research tells us that academic internships are valuable experiences that supplement classroom learning. These partnerships have an irreplaceable role, providing hands-on learning opportunities, allowing students to collaborate closely with mentors, and strengthening ties between the school and the community.

We are grateful to Mary Gniadek, Esq., ’04 for instituting our summer internship program. Since the program’s inception, mentors have guided students in everything from engineering and economics, to business and child development. Students work closely with mentors, mostly alumnae and scientists, to gauge whether a career path is right for them. Eight rising seniors participated in the program this summer:

Kristen Austin ’16, mentored by Beth Botti ’97, was given real world experience in finance at AXA Advisors in Milford. She learned, “invaluable information about mutual funds, variable annuities, stocks, bonds, and managing portfolios.”

Mitali Banerjee Lab Picture 2Mitali Banerjee ’16 continued an internship from the previous summer in the Molecular Cardiology and Angiogenesis Laboratory in the Department of Surgery at the University of Connecticut Health Center, under the direction of Nilanjana Maulik, Ph.D. As part of her project, Mitali studied the effects of Prolyl hydroxylase-1 (PHD-1) deletion in promoting neovascularization and reducing ventricular remodeling following myocardial infarction.

Vanessa Brokaw ’16 interned in marketing and communications at the Wallingford Family WMCA. Under the guidance of the director of marketing & outreach, Vanessa engaged members, staff, and program participants in fitness classes, summer camp, and swim lessons.

Helena BuiHelena Bui ’16 conducted statistical analysis on the FLT3-ITD allelic ratio in hopes of finding some prognostic significance concerning acute leukemia overall survival through Kaplan Meier curve analysis at Yale. She also performed cost and labor analysis in comparing two methods of electrophoresis— the very new Agilent 2200 TapeStation vs. traditional agarose gel electrophoresis.

Samantha Kennedy ’16 worked with Paula Kavathas, Ph.D. in the Yale School of Medicine Immunology Department studying the effects of microRNA on CD8 T cell genes. She thoroughly enjoyed her laboratory experience and is grateful for the amazing opportunity.

Jenny Piciw ’16 participated in the Yale University School of Medicine’s Discovery to Cure Internship Program. Her project, “The Effect of Nanoparticle Aggregation on Encapsulant Release,” studied the importance of drugs being released over a period of time in the treatment of disease.

LizElizabeth Smith ’16 experimented with telomerase as a potential treatment for cancer in the Path to a Cure, 2015 Yale Research Summer Program, under the direction of Sandy Chang, Ph.D.

Gelsey Torres 16 interned at the West Haven Child Development Center in the role of teacher assistant, working side by side with teachers and nurse interns. She loved her experience with the children.

Those interested in mentoring a student in summer 2016 or learning more about the internship program should contact for information.

Check out the recent Catholic Transcript article about our internship program.

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