How Students Spent Their UAlbany Summer 2023

ALBANY, N.Y. (Sept. 5, 2023) – Even when classes are not in session, University at Albany students find ways to gain valuable experience through a variety of summer internships, research, volunteer, and other applied learning opportunities.

A few months ago, we asked our students to share how they are spending their UAlbany Summer 2023.

Here’s a small sample of the experiences shared with us:

  • Haley Boom, a junior human biology major at the College of Arts and Sciences, traveled to Bologna, Italy to take part in the Doctors in Italy Fellowship Program, an opportunity for undergraduate students to shadow doctors and learn about Italy’s healthcare system.
    Bythaina Al Balushi gives a thumbs up with a hardhat on while working in Oman.
    Bythaina Al Balushi, a senior at the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, interned in Oman at Oman Environmental Services Holding company, a public firm focused on ways to conserve the environment for current and future generations.
  • Maxam Daniels, a senior history major at the College of Arts and Sciences, was a summer researcher for the Underground Railroad Education Center in Albany (UREC). He studied how the stories of freedom seekers who visited the Capital Region illuminated the role Albany played in the Underground Railroad. 
  • Marco Eugene, a senior biology major at the College of Arts and Sciences, joined a group of students in Bangladesh to study air quality, under the mentorship of Md. Aynul Bari, an assistant professor at the College of Nanotechnology, Science, and Engineering.
  • Maria Goebert, PhD student at the School of Education, worked through the STARTALK program to teach high school students Russian. The program took place virtually over Zoom and high school students from all over the U.S. took part.
  • Ben Marzouk, a senior at the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity, interned at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s Drug Taskforce Division.
  • Sarah Palmieri, a senior biology major at the College of Arts and Sciences, worked as a bird research field technician for MOFEP (Missouri Ozark Forest Ecosystem Project). She conducted point counts and monitored nests to study the effects of different forest management strategies on neotropical songbirds in the Missouri Ozarks.
  • A group of Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences students spent the end of their summer exploring the caves of Brazil to help scientists study global climate change over the last millennium. 
  • Aicha Akindele, an MPH student at the School of Public Health, interned with the Togolese branch of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), where she supported efforts to improve sexual and reproductive health, gender equality, and population data.

Interested in finding your next experiential learning experience? Connect with UAlbany Career and Professional Development and Study Abroad.