Mia Farinas National Family Farm Coalition

Mia Farinas National Family Farm Coalition

Through funding from the Berry Career Institute, I was able to intern this summer in Washington, D.C. with National Family Farm Coalition. Throughout this experience, I used my research skills that I learned in my classes at Cornell to help me research the topic of Farmland Investment and its impacts on the livelihood of farmers. This internship helped me to explore future career options as I am interested in work that supports policy change in the issue areas of food sovereignty and agriculture. This internship was significant for me as I learned how my research skills that I learned at Cornell can be directly applied to work done by organizations to support change in the area of food and agriculture. This opportunity gave me insights into our political process as I was able to see how family farmers from across the nation are able to come together and advocate for policy change on a national level. I also had the opportunity to watch hearings on relevant topics, be a part of meetings with Senate staffers and attend an FAO meeting. Overall, this experience was amazing for me– I saw how useful the skills I learned at Cornell will be in the real world, gained insights and experience in the field that I am passionate about and got to explore the great city of D.C.!                                     

Olivia Lohmann Little Huskies Child Development Center

Olivia Lohmann Little Huskies Child Development Center

My summer working with Little Huskies Child Development Center proved to be an invaluable addition to my liberal arts education.  Through this internship I refined my interpersonal skills and was given the opportunity to network with other professionals in fields parallel to my own.  Building meaningful connections with kids aged 0 to 5 filled my heart with so much joy and provided me mirrors to be introspective of my own inner child. I largely credit my successful internship experience to the well rounded foundation that Cornell has laid for me.  Engaging with this experience gave me a deep confidence in my ability to branch out into the world beyond graduation from Cornell.                                                                     

Abby Kierst Waypoint Services

Abby Kierst Waypoint Services

My internship at Waypoint Services gave me a better understanding of what it’s like to work at a nonprofit organization. This is a career path I have been very interested in and the experience I gained in the field is invaluable for future career opportunities. Every day I got to connect with underprivileged members of my community that I might not have otherwise known. I learned how to help them in a meaningful and lasting way that will enhance my understanding of civic engagement going forward. Without funding from Cornell, I would not have been able to stay in Cedar Rapids all summer working on this internship. The hands-on experience and personal connections I made have given new meaning to my studies at Cornell and was made possible by the ongoing support of the Berry Career Institute and the Civic Engagement office.

Lindsay Smith Parks and Recreation

Lindsay Smith Parks and Recreation

This summer I had a 10-week internship with a Parks and Recreation office in my
hometown, and it wouldn’t have been possible without the assistance of the Barry Career
Institute. I found my internship through the website Handshake that the BCI promoted to
students last fall. This website has been very helpful for searching for internships and for jobs
after graduation, and I plan to continue using it throughout my final years here at Cornell. I
applied for internship funding from the BCI last spring, and I was granted a very generous
amount of money. Without the BCI funding, I wouldn’t have been able to have had the amazing internship experience I did. The funding completely covered my transportation costs and the majority of my meals. Without the funding, I probably wouldn’t have been able to pursue my internship because of how long my commute was.

My internship experience was amazing, I learned a lot about the public service sector and
the general operations of the office. The block plan really prepared me for the workplace because my time management skills and ability to multitask allowed me to excel during my internship. Cornell College has played a key role in preparing me for life after college

Kate Gielas – Classical Roman Arts Foundation

Kate Gielas – Classical Roman Arts Foundation

The time I spent abroad in Italy was an experience I will never forget. I lived in Rome for two months this past summer. While abroad, I interned for the Classical Roman Arts Foundation as a “creative assistant” researching various locations in Rome and compiling them into information suitable for a walking tour; I also created Instagram and Facebook accounts for the foundation and marketed an event we had. While interning, I also took a Multicultural Workplace Seminar which focused on how different cultures behave, specifically in the workplace. I was able to explore the city and overcome public transportation difficulties in between working and having class. I saw famous locations such as the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, the Colosseum and Roman Forum, Castel Sant’Angelo, as well as Vatican City – frequently visiting St. Peter’s Square. I also went to the Barbarini Palace and the Corsini Gallery, both of which house famous artworks. I was fortunate enough to be able to travel; I visited San Marinella, Pompeii, and Naples. I also rode a bus for 8 hours all the way to Venice, because I had to go to the Biennale. The Venice Biennale is an international contemporary art exhibition that is hosted in Venice every two years in the summer. Seeing all of the art, frequently political art, was very emotionally overwhelming. The art that I saw in Venice, all over Rome and in their museums, and inside the Vatican were completely breathtaking and an inspiration to my art. In addition to all of the art I saw while abroad, I made strong friendships from my roommate, coworkers, and the Indonesian family I spent the day with in Pompeii. I have gained so much by going abroad, including the new friends, knowledge of the city, art enrichment, and gained cultural awareness. Having the ability to travel to and live in Italy this summer was completely life-changing and I will cherish the experience for the rest of my life.