Applying Learning to Life
Through internships, liberal arts students apply their learning to life and gain skills they can take into the working world after graduation.Scroll down to see this issue's featured stories
Internships are one way that we teach our students to both think and do. As the 21st century progresses, both forms of knowledge are as important as ever, both to individuals and to society.
When Linda Cates – a two-time alumna and long-time donor – learned about the Center for Public Deliberation in 2014 she immediately wanted to support students who were learning deliberative dialogue skills – much-needed skills in today’s society.
Michelle Malenfant learns skills in collections management through her summer internship with the Gregory Allicar Museum of Art that she can apply to her future career at an art gallery.
Using guitar, piano, and voice talents, Sydney Steffen observed, co-treated, and led sessions with children and adults with varying intellectual and developmental disabilities for her music therapy internship.
Joanna Mosley participates in the Economics undergraduate research internship program with faculty mentor Stephan Weiler to add information about small business in Steamboat Springs to an economic dashboard for rural Colorado counties.
Recent alumni Walker Urban and Molly Moxness applied philosophy to business when they were Ethics Scholars interns for the Better Business Bureau in northern Colorado, helping local businesses with their application for the Torch Awards, and proving that philosophy has very tangible real-world applications.
Lula Tewolde and Olivia Lynch join Dr. Tom Cavanaugh at Restorative Justice Education to create a “culture of care” that trains educators how to foster culturally appropriate relationships and interactions built on equity with students in the classroom.
Riley Lynch, anthropology graduate student, worked with the Colorado Stormwater Center on the Rain Garden Pilot Program sourcing plants, communicating with residents, teaching a course, and installing the gardens with volunteers.
Undergrad Aidan Lyde worked on the Community Networks in Fire-Environment Resilience (CoNIFER) Project to improve the understanding of wildfire risk mitigation planning based on wildfire protection plans in Colorado during a CSU Extension summer internship.
For a new program called Spanish in Professional Environments, Abi Tekeste and Giselle Alpizar-Calixto use their summer internship with CSU Extension to understand the language barriers to healthcare, and to provide information and resources, in rural Colorado.
Senior Peter Wilson prepares for graduate school by spending six months on an internship with Professor Zach Hutchins doing archival research and looking at original sources for Hutchins’ book project about Harriet Beecher Stowe’s A Key to Uncle Tom’s Cabin.
Two history graduate students, Dale Mize and Addie Brian, help preserve the history of Routt and Grand Counties in the face of land development by creating oral histories of farming/ranching populations and interactive maps for the Colorado Encyclopedia through CSU Extension summer internships.
Tobin Gold documents the agricultural history of the Sterling Irrigation Company and Aubree Vecellio helps with geolocation and visualizing historic images of the Colorado River Compact for CSU Extension summer internships.
PhD student Joy Enyinnaya researches trends surrounding COVID information and vaccine hesitancy, providing education about herd immunity and documenting parents’ hesitancies about routine vaccinations in a summer CSU Extension internship in El Paso County.
Axel Sandoval Bravo, interdisciplinary liberal arts student, and geography professor Carrie Chennault, head to southwest Denver to record the stories of longtime residents experiencing redevelopment and gentrification in their neighborhoods.
Putting communication theory into practice, three PhD students in Communication Studies engage in Extension internships that result in a Middle Eastern cookbook, updated curricula for a local 4-H program, and increased awareness of Extension and the Colorado State Fair.
Ph.D. students Emilia Ravetta and Milagro Núñez-Solis connected food pantries with gardeners and youth with opportunities to strengthen their local communities in their CSU Extension summer internships with Grow and Give and the Family Leadership Training Institute.