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Internship Experiences

Internship Experiences

Internships are an integral part of the CHC educational experience. Our location in Philadelphia ensures a rich and varied selection of local opportunities. Below meet some of our students and read about what they have accomplished.


Internship in Hawaii
By Tyler Johnson
Posted: January 30, 2018
During week one of my internship in Honoka'a, Hawai'i, we learned everyone's names quickly as we spent a lot of time together working and building a community. My experiences included sleeping in a very wet cabana, eating endless snacks in the Food Forest and hiking into the extraordinary Waigo more

Megan Malvoisin '18

Clare Boothe Luce Undergraduate Research Scholar

Megan Malvoisin has spent two summers doing research as a Clare Boothe Luce Scholar with Karen Wendling, Ph.D., associate professor of chemistry. The first summer, she analyzed cannabinol concentration on currency and last summer she analyzed nicotine concentration and flavorings in the e-juice of electronic cigarettes.

"The Clare Boothe Luce Program has given me valuable research experience in the lab and has given me the chance to present that research," Malvoisin says. "I have learned many life skills here at Chestnut Hill College, not just what I’ve learned in the classroom."

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Brian Plunkett '15

Delaware Valley Intelligence Center

As an intern with the Delware Valley Intelligence Center in Philadelphia, Brian Plunkett worked closely with the Philadelphia Police department, FBI agents and ATF agents, understanding the anti-drug networks and anti-terrorism tools. After graduation, he was hired by the Department of Energy's security division. 

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Leeann Burke ’16

Linder Global Events

Leeann Burke spent a summer in Washington, D.C., interning with Linder Global Events which partners with international clients to produce and manage innovative and experiential events of up to 500,000 guests, making it one of the top firms on the East Coast for special events management.

“For my future, I hope to take what I learned at Linder and use it to get a position with Walt Disney Company, preferably in their Fantasy Weddings Event Program,” says Burke. “Ultimately though, I would like to end up at the White House in the Office of the Social Secretary.”  (Photo: Leeann Burke '16, left, poses with fellow intern, Emma, on top of the Hays Adams Hotel in Washington, D.C.)

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Nicholas Williams '13

l’Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris VI)

Nicholas Williams earned two prestigious summer internships through the National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (NSF-REU) program. He completed one internship at North Carolina State University and the other at l’Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris VI) in Paris, France.

Williams was also a recipient of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF-GRFP). Currently, he is pursuing a Ph.D. in chemistry at the University of Chicago.

“The internships were much more than good academic experiences,” says Williams. “They were great life experiences too. They gave me opportunities to be in new places with new people, new technology and new opportunities for research.”

According to Karen Wendling, Ph.D., associate professor of chemistry, having an internship is key to student success in the sciences.

“Undergraduate internship experiences have been shown to improve retention and are an important ‘bridge’ into graduate school and industry jobs,” says Wendling. “For the undergraduate student, internships can serve as an important tool in deciding on a future career. If the internship is a positive experience (which it usually is), the student will then focus on a specific career goal and begin working in that direction.”

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Desmond Lites '14

Marcum LLP

While at CHC, Desmond Lites experienced three different internships, including a tax internship at a small accounting firm in Philadelphia, an internship in the accounting department at the corporate office of Griswold Home Care and a tax intern position at Marcum LLP. 

His internships combined with being President of the Business Club and a math/accounting tutor provided him outstanding opportunities to prepare himself for his career. He now works as a Financial Institution Specialist at the FDIC. Desmond says: "I chose Chestnut Hill College because of its small class sizes and I felt that the curriculum and the professors would best prepare me for my future endeavors in accounting." 

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Laura Lupin '19

Matanuska Glacier in Alaska

Although not technically an internship, we couldn't resist adding this one! Laura Lupin spent the summer at Matanuska Glacier in Alaska where she worked with a team to ensure trails were well maintained and unguided groups were safe while exploring the glaciers.  As a forensic chemistry major, this was a great way to receive outdoors experience in her field.

"The overall experience was absolutely amazing, a 10-out-of-10," says Lupin. "The daily view alone beat working in an office all summer and I really learned a lot of things which were not limited to glaciers. Meeting people from all over the world, such as Poland, Germany, China and Russia and hearing about their adventures in Alaska was so enjoyable. Not to mention, I couldn't have asked to work with a better group of hardworking people."

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Michaiah Young '17

Montgomery County District Attorney's Office

Michaiah Young's interest in criminal justice landed her an internship with the Montgomery County District Attorney's office. She decided to prepare for a career in criminal justice and law to help make families like hers safer.

"Studying at Chestnut Hill College has changed my life. I have received a great education in my particular field of study, and I have also learned religious values for which I am extremely grateful", she says.

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Rachel Zander '14

United Nations affiliated organization, Global Education Motivators (GEM)

Rachel Zander interned with United Nations affiliated organization, Global Education Motivators (GEM) and, after graduation, worked there as a youth representative.    

GEM works in aiding both the local community as well as the global community to meet the constant challenges of an advancing, global society. As the youth representative, Zander says "I was able to work side by side with UNICEF and their Voices of Youth platform in reaching children from around the globe and creating conversation cross-culturally via the online platform.”  She is now a Research Analyst at the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

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