10 Summer Internships You Wish You Had

10 Summer Internships You Wish You Had

Abi Polzup, Florida Oceanographic Society intern

Abi Pozulp, Florida Oceanographic Society intern

This summer College of Charleston students are touring solar power plants, teaching literacy in Mumbai and impacting public health.

They’re gaining professional experience and having the time of their lives.

Try not to be jealous of these 10 amazing internships held by College of Charleston students during summer 2014. (start planning now, there’s always next year!)

1. Nike Intern

Graduate student Cara Howley worked on the global communications team at Nike, focusing primarily on basketball. Her first project was the Kevin Durant launch event showcasing the new KD7 basketball shoe. She even got to fly to Washington D.C. and New York for the launch.

RELATED: Read how Cara balanced Division I volleyball and graduate school.

2. Environmental Intern

Biology major Ben Sagara spent his summer in the Charleston area as an environmental intern at Santee Cooper, a public utility company. While there, he toured coal, solar, hydroelectric, wind turbine power plants, as well as researching the potential to integrate solar power into the grid affordably and reliably. He presented his findings to the CEO.

3. Set Designer

Theatre major Samantha Dahabi helped professor Charlie Calvert design the set for the Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey’s production of ‘The Learned Ladies.’ The New York Times calls the design “witty” in their review. Calvert also has three other interns working with him on projects at other theaters up and down the East Coast.

RELATED: Read more about backstage theatre opportunities.
Amanda Gosine, Greenville Zoo intern

Amanda Gosine, Greenville Zoo intern

4. Zoo Intern

Biology major Amanda Gosine interned at the Greenville Zoo, where she assisted in the development of educational programs and even got to handle animals during programs.

Gosine participated in the Career Center’s internship certificate program, which is a non-credit program that allows students to stay affiliated with the College if they can’t earn credit.

5. Global Service Intern

Philosophy major Gabe Davidson spent his summer in Mumbai, India as a Klaper Fellow. Working with nine other young professionals from around the world, he provided support in nutrition, literacy and hygiene to people in the Kalwa slums. He also worked with the Jewish community in India.

6. Tech Intern

Computer science major Nora Grossman has interned for Google the past two summers, but this year, she is at DoubleDutch, a start-up in San Francisco’s Mission District. DoubleDutch created the first ever social event app and has raised more than $18.5 million in financing.

Alarie Latham and the other Break Away ABC leaders

Alarie Latham and the other Break Away ABC leaders

7. Alternative Break Intern

Sociology major Alarie Latham landed a highly competitive internship with Break Away, a national resource for schools with alternative break programs. She’s one of just three interns selected to travel around the country (from Baltimore to the Grand Canyon!) to lead Alternative Break Citizenships Schools.

8. Ecology Intern

Biology major Abi Pozulp interned at the Florida Oceanographic Society’s coastal center where she ran the daily education programming and developed her own presentation for visitors on native plant ecology. She also lead TeamOcean, a group of high school volunteers.

9. Public Health Intern

Public health major Joseph Tate interned at the Mobile County Health Department, where he shadowed food inspectors (and saw a restaurant owner throw away several pounds of food for not maintaining the right temperature) and learned about controlling infectious disease.

RELATED: Watch a video about public health at the College of Charleston.

10. Museum Intern

History major Marla Topiol was an education intern at the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia. She coordinated school and camp tour, and researched the best ways to teach concepts (like Street photography) in a history museum.