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February 2019
All About Internships: From Software Developer to Human Rights Investigator, Adelphi Students Explore Future Careers

As Adelphi students learn in their classrooms and labs, study in Swirbul Library, compete on our playing fields, and balance their many college activities, we all know there is one big thought on their minds—what will they do when they graduate?

I thought I would dedicate this issue of my newsletter to some of our students who are glimpsing their futures and getting a head start on their careers by taking advantage of our more than 1,000 internship opportunities for undergrads. More than 65 percent of our undergraduates and a quickly rising number of our graduate students are preparing for their future in this high-impact way. 


These internships all have something in common—they reflect each student’s goals, passions and talents. I hope you enjoy meeting these amazing Panthers! 
All the best,
Christine M. Riordan, Ph.D.
President


Making students career ready

Giving students the knowledge, skills and experience they need to hit the ground running is what Adelphi’s new Willumstad Winning Edge program is all about.
Ten unforgettable years: See how Jaggar internships are changing lives  
Adelphi’s Jaggar Community Fellowship Program has been giving students life-changing, paid summer internships at nonprofits for a decade now. It’s a program that has far-reaching benefits.
An intern who battles injustice and bias . Current senior Wensley Bynoe is in the middle of a yearlong internship at the New York State Division of Human Rights. It’s been an experience that’s strengthened his resolve to make a difference in the lives of others.
Self-described shy student lands a powerful internship . Christina Panouis, a junior majoring in business, was overwhelmed by the idea of finding an internship but turned to the director of internships at the Robert B. Willumstad School of Business and landed one with Merrill Lynch.  
Employment-based internships are expanding horizons : Colleen Itzkowitz and Mishka White are both working on master’s degrees in social work while holding down full-time jobs. Both also have internships that are helping them see their careers through the lens of their field.
Internships are career accelerators . Muhammad Aziz ’18 spent part of last summer on an ultimate internship for physics majors—joining scientists at the CERN laboratory, home of the Large Hadron Collider, the largest and most powerful particle accelerator on earth.
From intern to consultant, all before graduation . Computer science major Brian Seidl spent this summer as an intern at a software company. He became such a valuable member of the team that he’s now working there part time while finishing his senior year.
An earthquake and an extraordinary internship inspire a future doctor . Nootshy Romage survived the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, but the loss of her grandmother and sister in the catastrophe instilled in her a desire to become a doctor. She moved a step closer to that goal this past summer as a Jaggar Community Fellows Program intern at Northwell Health-Lions Eye Bank for Long Island.
Research at Adelphi: The lasting benefits of studying abroad
Every year, groups of Adelphi nursing students travel abroad during winter or spring break to work with—and learn from—indigenous peoples. Do the learning experiences have a lasting effect on the students’ cultural competency? Research by Clinical Associate Professor and Department Chair Maureen C. Roller, M.S. ’01, D.N.P., suggests they do. Read about the trips and her research in “ Travel Is the Best Teacher ,” a feature article in our Academic and Creative Research Magazine .
New semester, new field, continued classroom excellence
Our student-athletes are always busy! For example, they give back to the community like when our female athletes and coaches hosted a celebration of National Girls and Women in Sports Day o n February 2. They fit practice into their schedule the teams that play on Motamed Field began practice on the newly resurfaced turf. They also get noticed we honored all our student-athletes who achieved a 3.0 grade point average or better at our annual 3.0 Night.

Did you know that Panthers collectively posted a Fall 2018 GPA of 3.308 and currently boast a 3.28 cumulative GPA? In fact, Adelphi University has the highest percentage of student-athletes—79 percent—on the NE10 Conference Academic Honor Roll. 
Alumni making a difference: Dennis McDonagh ’78
Thank you to Adelphi University Board of Trustees member Dennis McDonagh ’78 for his generous gift that gave our student-athletes a new Panthers Fueling Station at the Center for Recreation and Sports. Trustee McDonagh is retired senior managing director and chief financial officer at The Blackstone Group. According to one cross country athlete, “We absolutely love the fueling station...a great addition!”
Momentum Tour 2018–2019
The Momentum Tour heads to warmer climes in February, traveling to Florida for stops in Sarasota on the 5th, Naples on the 6th and Delray Beach on the following evening. Then it’s off to California for more events on consecutive days, starting on the 16th in Los Angeles , then east to Palm Desert . I hope you will attend one of these great events for sharing stories and news with fellow alumni and the Adelphi team!