Internships put students in ‘real world’ experiences

Summer Lilly Internships enable Maryville students to get first-hand experience in quality professional, non-profit or corporate work settings. Ten students are selected annually for the internships, which provide students with room and board and a stipend for their summer work. In addition to hands-on experience, the program places emphasis on reflection - thinking about the work accomplished. The scholarships are funded by Lilly Endowment Inc., and are a component of the college’s Initiative on Vocation.

“The internship is intended to be an opportunity for real-world experience, as well as a time for vocational reflection,” said Chad Luke, director of the Center for Calling & Career. “We are excited to see what emerges in the students’ thinking about their sense of calling as they explore issues of vocation together, despite being scattered around the world. The [Summer Lily Internship Program] allows students to ‘explore, reflect, and practice’ as they grow in their understanding of who they are meant to be and what they are meant to do.”

2008 marks the sixth year that students have been able to apply for the internships.

Below is a listing of students who were selected for this year’s program and a description of their summer-long exploration of vocation:

Chelsea Barker, a rising junior and international relations major, will be completing her internship with the Heifer International Education Center in Rutland, Mass. With Heifer, she expects to lead and facilitate tours, education activities and programs; assist with livestock chores, gardening, maintenance and program development; learn basic information about issues of hunger and poverty and the mission of Heifer International; and link Overlook Farm programs to Heifer’s work around the world. A 2006 graduate of Brentwood High School, she is the daughter of Tim and Beth Barker of Brentwood, Tenn.

Robbie Champion, a rising senior and political science major, will have two internships in the Washington, D.C. area. The first half of her summer will be spent with the College Republican National Committee. The second half will be spent in the office of Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee. While there, she expects to assist office staff with various administrative, clerical and legislative duties. Champion is the daughter of Tammy and Ken Workman of Herndon, Va., and a 2005 graduate of Trinity Presbyterian School in Montgomery, Ala.

Rising junior Elizabeth Embler will be interning this summer with the Episcopal Dioceses in Knoxville. Her responsibilities will include organizing and assisting in daily office tasks of the Youth Ministry Office, including communication with parishes in the diocese. She will also shadow the dioceses’ youth coordinator during meetings and visits to camps and parishes. A 2006 graduate of Karns High School in Knoxville, she is majoring in international studies. Embler is the daughter of Douglas and Mary Embler of Knoxville.

Senior April Martin has been accepted as a participant with the American Institute of Musical Studies and will spend several weeks in Graz, Austria, taking individual voice lessons, learning Italian and French diction and conversational German for musicians, attending classes for stage artistry and giving performances. She will also study the poetry and form of the German lied. A music education major, Martin is the daughter of Drs. Jack and Genie Martin of Burlington, N.C., and a 2004 graduate of Walter M. Williams High School.

The Knoxville Zoo will be the internship site for rising senior Emily Peery. A writing/communication major and history minor, Peery will be assisting staff members in the marketing/development and education departments of the zoo. A 2005 graduate of Heritage High School, she is the daughter of Scott and Vickie Peery of Rockford, Tenn.

Ransford Sarfo will be working with children in Sampa, Ghana. A rising junior and sociology major, he expects to work in cooperation with area churches to teach elementary- and middle-school children how to read and write English. He is a 2006 graduate of Alexander High School in Douglasville, Ga.

The Imagination Stage Summer Program of Bethesda, Maryland, is where senior Katie Stangarone will be busy working as a counselor, administrative assistant and Deaf Access ESY Program Assistant. A double major in American Sign Language and theatre, she expects to assist with all of Imagination Stage’s major camps, guide groups throughout daily camp activities, participate in arts-related classes and rehearsals and assist students who are Deaf/hard of hearing or visually impaired. Stangarone is a 1999 graduate of Chattanooga High Center for Creative Arts.

Biochemistry major and rising senior David Sullivan will live in Boston this summer, working as a research assistant at Tufts University’s Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences. He will be studying craniofacial and dental tissue development and regeneration with Dr. Pam Yelick. Sullivan is the son of Nita Moss of Dickson, Tenn.

Nina Verevkina, a biology major, will be interning at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis. While there, she will be contributing to and helping manage a clinical research project entitled “Assessment of Sleep-Related Disorders in Sickle Cell Disease.” The rising senior is the daughter of Tamara Pestina of Memphis and a 2005 graduate of White Station High School.

Kelsey White will be interning with CASA Centro Para Adolescentes de San Miguel de Allende in Guanajuato, Mexico. A rising junior and Spanish major, White will work in a center for adolescents on one specific project determined by agency needs. A 2006 graduate of Union High School, she is the daughter of Thomas and Ann White of Union, S.C.

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