New College students can take advantage of a wealth of internship possibilities.
Thanks to New College’s partnership with The Ringling, art history student Brittany Murray has been getting a literal hands-on experience next door at the museum, with an internship in the Conservation Laboratory — setting her art conservation grad school application apart from the rest.
Pictured here, she is surface cleaning a gilded bronze chandelier in the collections. (Oh, the partnership comes with a few more perks for New College students too — free admission to the entire museum and grounds.)
Neil Lacey, a 2016 New College graduate, received a prestigious two-year Cancer Research Training Award from the National Cancer Institute, part of NIH. He will be working with Dr. Luca Gattinoni, whose research focuses on T-cell-based immunotherapies – essentially modifying and training some of the body’s own immune cells to recognize and destroy a specific cancer.
Lacey received offers from multiple labs at the NIH, but chose this one for its potential as a game-changer.
“Luca’s research is incredible,” Lacey said. “People are racing to figure out ways to improve T-cell-based cancer immunotherapies. A number of the projects that Luca has offered me are high-risk, high-reward, and at this stage in my training, I can afford to take these risks.”
Third-year student Constance Sartor was a winner of the nationwide Ernest F. Hollings Scholarships for 2016. The scholarship provides two years of tuition assistance and a paid internship at a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration research facility. She was one of 127 winners nationally, and the only one from a Florida public college.
Sartor is a natural for the Hollings award. She has had a lifelong passion for science and environmental conservation. She’s kept her own insect collection since she was 10, and last year got a permit to capture invasive Burmese pythons in the Everglades. Now she’s often found at Mote Marine Aquarium, diving in the shark tank.
She also is part of a National Science Foundation-funded research program for undergraduates at Mote, and has traveled to Buck Island Reef, St. Croix, for a coral epidemiology project.
Dylan Pryor was one of several students who participated in the Semester in Tallahassee project. He spent spring 2016 in the state’s capital as an intern with the Herald-Tribune Media Group, reporting on the state legislature and the governor. Other students interned with the Sierra Club, Florida Education Association and the League of Women Voters.
“I often hear people talking about having to take action against various societal problems, but many do not make the effort,” Pryor said. “I witnessed firsthand how monumental change can be made in our Capitol by just showing up – even if that change is not desirable in some cases.”
He’s now considering pursuing a career as a policy analyst.