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Here’s How Students Spent Their Summer

ALBANY, N.Y. (Aug. 29, 2017) – Whether it was studying mosquitoes in Central America, interning at the NBA, or building cybersecurity tools for Fortune 500 companies, many UAlbany students spent their summer vacation gaining valuable experience through applied learning opportunities across the globe.

Other students stayed on campus – researching, volunteering and building the skills necessary to launch successful careers.

Here’s a small sample of how students spent their summer:

  • Political science major Bradley Hershenson, ’19, served as a legislative intern with United States Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney in Washington D.C. He was assigned to constituent casework, drafting memos for legislative committee hearings/briefings and various civil engagement tasks
  • Seven UAlbany undergraduate students spent two months on the tropical island of Taiwan studying typhoons and other extreme weather. The students were recipients of an NSF PIRE Grant which paid for their travel and living expenses.
UAlbany student skydiving in Switzerland
Melanie Conte, a senior communications major, skydives while studying abroad in Interlaken, Switzerland.

  • Business administration major Harlan Ginsburg, ’18, supported the National Basketball Association in their business development practices as an intern in New York City. He was assigned to help broaden the scope of client development and partnership management while also working with other interns to present groundbreaking technology to the NBA and its fans.
  • Phensinee Haruehanroengra, a Ph.D. chemistry student, spent her summer in the lab of assistant professor Jia Sheng of The RNA Institute at UAlbany. Haruehanroengra is researching new drug candidates as a nucleicacid chemist.
  • Marketing major Ilene Rothman, ’19, served as a social media intern and content editor for The FADER – a music magazine and advertising company founded by UAlbany alum Rob Stone ‘90. She helped to created advertising campaigns for international brands and wrote Instagram posts for famous recording artists.
  • Sociology major Lauren Prosper, ’19, worked as a student assistant for the Center for Women in Government and Civic Society at UAlbany. She was responsible for creating newsletters and brochures that highlighted the center and their sponsors. She also met and networked with successful women in the Capital District.
  • Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity major Alex Meltzer, ’18, was a cybersecurity intern with NuTech Integrated Systems in New York City. The company sells cybersecurity tools to Fortune 500 companies.
  • Computer science major Joel Duran, '18, interned at IBM's Corporate Citizenship department in New York City. As a senior intern, he directly supervised more than 44 other interns for six weeks and hosted a successful expo at the end of the program where interns presented in front of IBM employees about their experience.
  • Kaitlin Driesse, a master’s degree student in epidemiology, spent her summer at the Smithsonian Tropical Institute in Panama studying mosquitoes that spread human diseases, including Dengue fever.

Learn more about UAlbany's internship and study abroad opportunities. Also, view the #UAlbanySummer hashtag on Twitter and Instagram.

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