August 15, 2016
Michelle Adams O'Regan
Communications and Marketing
There is no better way to practice being professional and apply classroom learning to the real world than to do a summer internship – something many Saint Anselm students know well. Exploring career options and forging professional relationships early can be important to jump start a career later on; however, unpaid internship opportunities can sometimes create financial difficulties and prevent students from taking full advantage of them.
The Cole Fellowship was created last year by Marie (Horton) '78 and Ron Cole '78 to provide funding each summer to one student in good academic standing doing a full-time internship. With the help of guidance from the Saint Anselm Career Development Center, this year's recipient, Amanda Field '17, was chosen to intern at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Museum in Cambridge, Mass. Founded in 1971, the Museum's mission is to engage the wider community with MIT's science, technology and other areas of scholarship through exhibits and educational programs focused around its collections.
As an intern, Field worked on her own independent project, creating an activity for museum visitors that allows them to explore the scientific concepts behind the Hyperloop (an alternative transportation proposed by Elon Musk). She also engaged with visitors to the museum through drop-in activities (activities that communicate a variety of MIT-related science), and Idea-Hub activities (extended activities that introduce visitors to different engineering techniques).
But the learning experiences don't stop there. "The museum brought us to the International Public Science Engagement Conference earlier this summer where I gained countless resources and connections, and I've had up close and personal tours of the Koch Cancer Research Institute as well as MIT's Nuclear Reactor," she says. "I've also been able to work with an MIT Physics grad student on developing math activities to be included into classrooms worldwide."
On campus, the mathematics and education double major is also an accomplished flutist who has performed in many Dana Center shows. She's also the Director of the student IT group, HawkNet, where she oversees a staff of 20 students, including three managers who serve as customer support and technology assistants for the Office of Information Technology. "It's really more of a family than a staff, and my job would not be possible without the amazing leaders and the unending support of the IT Department," says Field.
Field can't wait to get into the classroom, where she hopes to make her future career as a STEM teacher. "My hope is to teach in an urban setting so that I can reach out to impoverished and immigrant communities. I'd also like to get my master's in special education and advocate further for the under-represented learners in those communities."
Interested in internship opportunities like the Cole Fellowship? Visit the Career Development Center.