BAR HARBOR — College of the Atlantic’s in-depth internship program will be the subject of an upcoming Human Ecology Forum in the McCormick Lecture Hall on Tuesday, Oct. 14, at 4:10 p.m. The talk is free and open to the public.
During the event, five COA undergraduates will talk about their college-sponsored internships in health care, community development, natural resources and audio engineering.
Some 37 COA students took part in 10-week, full-time work experiences this summer, matching their academic and career interests and offering invaluable, real-world insight into fields of study while still in school. The experiences ranged from conservation biology to microfinance.
Linnea Harrold, a fourth-year student from Sutton Mills, N.H., who completed the first-ever COA student affiliate position at Mount Desert Island Hospital in Bar Harbor;
Shelby Carver, a fourth-year student from Lewiston who worked with the Lewiston-Auburn Pollution Control Authority;
Anyuri Betegon, a fourth-year student from Colon, Panama, who worked with the Amphibian Rescue and Conservation Project in Panama City, Panama;
Maddie Hoeppner, a second-year student from Madison, Wis., who worked with Finca Sagrada Homestead Community in southern Ecuador; and
Nicholas Sawyer, a third-year student from Blue Hill who worked with NAPA Recording Studio, Boston.
COA is one of the few educational institutions that require all students to complete an internship, according to Jill Barlow-Kelley, COA’s director of internships and career services.
“As every student’s academic program is self-designed and unique, so are their internship interests,” Barlow-Kelley said.
COA is well known for allowing students to design their own academic programs within the framework of a bachelor of arts degree in human ecology. This disciplined freedom also motivates students to seek out relevant work opportunities in a variety of fields and settings.
Dr. Edward Gilmore of MDI Hospital touted the benefits for his staff as well as for COA students.
“Students who think that they’re interested may find out that they are not, while others catch fire and really enjoy it,” he said. “And it benefits health care providers to have fresh minds around. Students can ask amazing questions. It’s very refreshing for their preceptors.”