Internship Profiles

Internships are a valuable component to every student’s academic career at Ripon College. Below are just a few internship experiences we’ve chronicled to help you learn more about the opportunities available to Ripon students.

Chemistry major earns major two-year EPA fellowship

Michael Enright Michael Enright ’14 of Stevens Point, Wisconsin, was awarded a two-year United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Greater Research Opportunities Fellowship, and he conducted a research internship at the Western Ecological Division of the EPA in Corvallis, Oregon. Read more.

First-hand experience dealing with domestic violence invaluable for future registered nurse

Leighanne LacyBiology major Leighanne Lacy ’15 of Geneva, Illinois, served as the domestic violence intern at St. Agnes Hospital in Fond du Lac. Her internship was made by the Career Ready Internship Initiative grant program developed by Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation. Read more.

Herb planting inspires personal and social change for environmental studies major

Kaitlyn WelzenKaitlyn Welzen ’15 of Twin Lakes, Wisconsin, is the sustainability intern for Sodexo. She led the effort to construct and implement a campus hoop house on lower campus. Herbs and greens from the hoop house are served in the dining room during Local Greens Tuesdays. Read more.

Internship leads psychology major toward her goals

Emily ConnovichA summer internship and participation in the McNair Scholars Program at Ripon College are helping psychology major Emily Connovich ’15, of Marinette, Wisconsin, toward her goal of a better future. During the summer of 2014, she worked for the state of Wisconsin Area Health Education Center System program, focusing on public health, in Buffalo County. Read more.

Research in Ripon lab prepares student for medical school

Samantha PetroskiSamantha Petroski ’15 of Green Bay, Wisconsin, is a biology and German major and chemistry minor. During the summer of 2014, she assisted Associate Professor of Biology Mark Kainz with an innovative project examining microbiomes, a body’s commensal bacteria, of bluebirds. Read more.

McNair scholar uncovers patterns in hip-hop narratives

Garrison AndersonBy examining hip-hop, the music of his childhood, communication major Garrison Anderson ’16 of Amery, Wisconsin, developed a passion for research. This will give him a “leg up” as he approaches the process of applying to graduate schools, he says. He worked as a member of the McNair Scholars program. Read more.

Winery internship gives student a spirited summer

Kamelle Van Der LeestA 2014 summer internship at the local Vines & Rushes Winery allowed Ripon College student Kamelle Van Der Leest ’15 of Abbotsford, Wisconsin, to see firsthand how a young, small business operates. Her internship was made by the Career Ready Internship Initiative grant program developed by Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation. Read more.

For Matthew Schmidt ’14, internship came to him

Matthew SchmidtMatthew Schmidt ’14, of Neenah, Wisconsin, was approached for an internship at Oshkosh Corp. on the social networking site LinkedIn. In his job, he was responsible for business intelligence data. His experience opened the door to future full-time opportunities. Read more.

Summer research placement propels student’s career

Samantha AngellSamantha Angell ’14 of Watertown, Wisconsin, spent a summer at the Center for the Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning (CASTL), at the University of Virginia. She participated in Ripon College’s Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program. Read more.

Shemanski ’14 coordinates fitness programs at local academy and middle school

Sydney ShemanskiSydney Shemanski ’14 of Berlin, Wisconsin, had an internship coordinating fitness programs with Crossroads Academy and Ripon Middle School, funded by the Career Ready Internship Initiative funded by the Great Lakes Higher Education Guarantee Company. Read more.

McNair Scholar studies childhood obesity

Max RoyThe effects of socioeconomic status (SES) on childhood obesity was the focus of research undertaken by Max Roy ’14 of Fredonia, Wisconsin. Roy found a great deal of difference in the impact socioeconomic status has between developed, developing or underdeveloped countries. The exercise science major participated in the McNair Scholars program. Read more.

Saxon ’15 supports faculty research on biopolymers

Derek SaxonDerek Saxon ’15 of Iron Mountain, Michigan, conducted summer research on biopolymers with Professor Dean Katahira of the chemistry department at Ripon College. Saxon provides details of the experiments he performed during this experience. The work was part of his involvement with the McNair Scholars program. Read more.

Alumnus arranges law internship in Chicago

Reshma McHaleReshma McHale ’14 of Shorewood, Wisconsin, interned with Pavich Law Offices in Chicago, an opportunity arranged by Elliot Samuels ’66. McHale came away from her internship with a deeper knowledge of the legal field as well as the city of Chicago which she chronicles in her post. Read more.

Patt ’14 studies wireless sensor networks during REU at Texas State

Suzanne PattSuzanne Patt ’14 of Grafton, Wisconsin, a computer science major from Manitowoc, Wisconsin, studied wireless sensor networks at Texas State University as part of the McNair Scholars program. Read more.

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