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Internship gives Smith insight to life as a physician’s assistant

Senior biochemistry major Maddy Smith spent the 2017 January Term learning what it takes to be a physician’s assistant (PA) by spending every day job shadowing at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. Smith, who is from Littleton, Colorado, spent every day of the experience in the hospital or in an outpatient setting. She began by shadowing a nephrologist and learning about dialysis, then worked her way to the ICU; the ER; and, finally, to her favorite place: the operating room. In the OR she had the opportunity to scrub in on transplants and organ procurements, as well as ...Read more

Johnson dives into passion for music with internship

Jordan Johnson, a senior music major with a biology minor, spent her summer developing organizational, promotional and social media skills while being exposed to the music industry. As an intern for Hear Nebraska in Grand Island, Johnson worked for Brent Linder, owner of Wave Pizza, The Glass Bar and Sin City Grill, and Sharena Anson, owner of Chocolate Bar. Johnson’s duties included organizing and promoting on social media free concerts held in downtown Grand Island. Concerts featuring three bands took place most Friday nights all summer long. “I got to talk to the bands and get exposed to ...Read more

Holcomb crafts professional focus with Theatre Barn internship

Rebecca Holcomb can conjure a new world with a piece of fabric. The senior theatre major from Burr Ridge, Illinois, is well-versed in sewing, hand stitching, hemming and clothing alterations. After amassing almost six years of experience working in theatrical costume design and production, she can transform a pattern into a garment to fit any era, personality or fictional dimension. As head designer in the Hastings College Costume Shop, which is embedded in the Theatre Department, Holcomb has crafted clothing for eccentric French women in “The Madwoman of Chaillot,” Christmas elves in “ ...Read more

Jerabek develops cancer technology, professional skills with Biocept internship

As a junior in college, biology major Grant Jerabek is already taking steps to improve modern cancer technologies. Jerabek’s internship this summer with San Diego, California-based Biocept Inc. takes him into the lab, immersing him in experiments that can be used to develop enhancements for the company’s medical technology. Biocept, a molecular oncology diagnostics company, focuses on biomarker analysis in cancer patients. Its research has resulted in a unique method for liquid biopsy. “They’ve developed a microfluidic device that captures circulating tumor cells in human blood,” Jerabek said ...Read more

MacLeod applies psychology, sociology studies to nonprofit internship

Hastings College senior Brooke MacLeod has her sights set on making a difference in the world, and she is active in her efforts to make a positive impact. “My two goals are to get rid of food insecurity and homelessness. I’m always striving to reduce the number of those demographics,” she said. The sociology and psychology double major spent her 2017 January Term (J-Term) serving the communities surrounding her hometown of Burlington, Colorado, with her internship at the Colorado East Community Action Agency (CECAA). CECAA’s mission is to reduce and eliminate poverty in Cheyenne, Elbert, Kit ...Read more

Henry Doorly Zoo Aquarium fuels Ocander’s marine biology aspirations

An Omaha native and Hastings College wildlife biology major, senior Ashlyn Ocander dreams of rescuing and rehabilitating marine mammals. Her passion for marine biology blossomed when she was 13 and witnessed newborn sea turtles returning to the Gulf of Mexico. Since that day, she’s aspired to make a positive impact on aquatic ecosystems, despite her roots in the oceanless Midwest. “Sometimes when I tell people that I’m studying marine biology at a college in Nebraska, they ask me, ‘Where is your ocean?’” she said. Ocander found a Nebraskan ocean of sorts during her January Term (J-Term) ...Read more

Piper completes two internships in a single J-Term

Two internships are better than one. Or in sophomore biology major Geena Piper’s case, two internships during a single January Term. Piper has raised the bar and has already started preparing herself for a career after graduation. For the first half of J-Term, Piper, from Norfolk, Nebraska, spent her time shadowing the professionals at Valley County Health Department, a part of the Valley County Health System Hospital, in Ord, Nebraska. “They have four family doctors, three physician assistants (PAs) and a nurse practitioner,” said Piper. “I spent my time shadowing all nine of these medical ...Read more

Internship solidifies Vadeboncoeur’s passion for fitness

J-Term allows students to experience different classes and situations during the month of January that they wouldn’t be able to in a normal semester. For senior Michaela Vadeboncoeur, an Exercise Science major of Broomfield, Colorado, that meant completing an internship at the YMCA in Hastings, Nebraska. “I knew I wanted to do an internship during J-Term since I completed my required courses, so after talking with Kim Graviette from career services, we went to the YMCA to talk with Erika about interning with her,” said Vadeboncoeur. “She said that she would love to have an intern and it all ...Read more

Press internship with senator inspires Musgrave to pursue policy

After spending the summer as a press intern in the office of one of his home state senators, Nick Musgrave returned to Hastings College with a much more clear image of what he’d like his future to look like. “This summer really solidified my strong desire to go back to Capitol Hill and work as a staffer,” Musgrave said. “It really reinforced that I want to go back to Washington D.C., and if I do go back to D.C., I think I would want to work in government and in public service.” For almost three months, the senior political science and history double major from Parksburg, West Virginia held a ...Read more