Fall Student Dish: Graduate Projects and Undergraduate Internships

Graduate students Janastasia Whydra and Kaitlin A. are both working on completing their advanced projects this fall. Janastasia’s is a non-fiction writing project in which she compares her life to that of pirates. Kaitlin’s literary project, she describes, is on “what writing conventions are coming out of academic conversations on Twitter.” Danielle Ely, our guest blogger in October, also completed her Literary Studies thesis on Wallace’s Infinite Jest earlier this fall. Exciting projects, grads!

Six undergraduate students have been placed in various internships this semester as a part of ENG 494, which is an English program requirement. The benefit of this requirement is it allows students to gain experience in their specific areas of interest, like writing or teaching. Here are the students and their placements for fall 2011:

Lauren Beale: The Albany Damien Center (non-profit organization)

Nicole DuBois: Alloya Corporate FCU (federal credit union)

Reshma Loaknauth: The Community Hospice of Albany (non-profit organization)

Nicole Melkun: Tumbling Tykes Early Childhood Enrichment (preschool)

Taylor Merrihew: Keep Albany Boring (online publication)

Suzelle Zamor: Equinox Community Services Agency (non-profit org.)

Here is what Nicole DuBois had to say about her internship experience so far and where she can see the experience benefiting her in the near future: “I am currently interning in Alloya Corporate Federal Credit Union’s marketing department under their communications writer. Interning in the financial industry has prepared me for the fast-paced nature of what is to be expected after graduation. My assignments vary from day-to-day giving me experience in a variety of areas which will be a great addition to my resume. This internship has opened my eyes allowing me to see how versatile an English degree is from The College of Saint Rose and has allowed me to experience first hand the different career types I will be interviewing for in May 2012.”

For more information about internship requirements and procedures, visit the English Department website or contact Dr. Newton, English Internship Coordinator, spring 2012.

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