Feature Stories

August 18, 2010
Life in the LabCaitlin Smith, '12, spent her summer preparing for a career in the biology lab
Caitlin Smith, ’12, hopes to pursue a career in biological research. She learned firsthand what such a career would be like as she spent her summer in Dr. Laura Runyen-Janecky’s biology lab doing full-time research.
Jennifer Loughnane, '11Internships 2010: Job with WorldTeach an opportunity to explore life abroad
After doing an internship in the U.S., Jennifer Loughnane decided to intern with WorldTeach Namibia to gain practical experience abroad and figure out what she wants to do after graduation.
Matt Bruning, '03Alumnus turns undergraduate opportunities into a successful career in government service
Matt Bruning, ’03, is serving as a senior member of Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell’s policy staff.
Emily Prior, '11Internships 2010: Confronting issues of gender and discrimination
A Robert L. Burrus Jr. fellowship gives Emily Prior, ’11, a chance to tackle issues such as human trafficking, female genital mutilation, and domestic violence.
August 13, 2010
Civic FellowsSummer internships offer range of experiences for Civic Fellows
From launching new business ventures to teaching African drumming, Civic Fellows use internships to connect their academic interests to community involvement.
Statistically SpeakingStudents conduct statistical analyses for high-profile state agencies
Students discovered the relevance and complexity of working with real-world data when they conducted statistical analyses for the Office of the Executive Secretary of the Supreme Court of Virginia on issues ranging from same-sex marriage to immigration to globalization.
Kerstin Soderlund, Associate Dean To aid and guide students, mentor and teacher has an open door and open mind
"Student development is about developing the whole student — intellectually, emotionally, spiritually, physically, and socially," says Kerstin Soderlund, who meets with parents and students during Orientation and beyond.
August 11, 2010
Reilly Moore, '11Internships 2010: Following in his broadcaster father's footsteps and making his own path in the new media landscape
For his internship, the editor of the student newspaper honed his multimedia skills at urban radio powerhouse Radio One. He plans to use some of what he's learned at The Collegian.
August 10, 2010
Mike Liedtka, '11Intern gains lobbying experience at Ford Motor Company
Working at the intersection of business and politics has sparked Mike Liedtka's interest in the field of government relations, and this summer, he landed the perfect internship to further his career goals.
August 9, 2010
Melissa Collins, '11Internships 2010: Governor's fellow sees state government from the inside
This summer, rising senior Melissa Collins is interning in Virginia's highest leadership office — that of Gov. Bob McDonnell.