Summer Internships Offer
Rich Experience For UNH Students
Contact: Lori Wright
UNH Media Relations
July 27, 2004
DURHAM, N.H. – If you think all college students spend summer
break going home and catching up with friends, think again.
For increasing numbers of college students nationwide and at the University of
New Hampshire, summer has become a time to gain valuable career experience and
a competitive edge in the job market. Most are now graduating with at least two
internships under their belts.
Internships not only help them learn what it’s like working in their prospective
field of employment, it also gives them a connection with a company that can
lead to a full-time position after graduation.
Journalism major Michele Filgate, ’06, of Barrington, is spending this
summer working for Ed Bradley and the production staff at CBS News’s 60
Minutes as a production intern. Filgate, who served as assigning editor at UNH’s
student-run newspaper, The New Hampshire last year, works with Bradley’s
producers, doing everything from shadowing them to coming up with interview questions
and conducting research for upcoming stories.
“It’s really fulfilling to see how it all comes together.
You’re transforming a news item into pictures and images,
or simple words into something captivating and informational at
the same time,” Filgate said. “It’s a challenge,
but one that I really enjoy. It inspires me,” she said.
French and international affairs major Eliza Chon, ’05, of
Salem, is spending this summer in Washington, D.C., working for
the global nongovernmental
organization (NGO), Youth Services America researching youth-oriented NGOs
to whom her organization provides grants.
Chon’s work has helped her to hone her research skills and focus her
career goals. “I hope to bring a lot back after this internship. I hope
to apply my research skills to my academic studies, especially with my honors
senior thesis. It’s definitely given me a bigger interest to get more
involved within the service community in Durham, and most importantly a sense
of direction of what my specific career interests are,” Chon said.
Electrical and computer engineering major Jason Dahlstrom, ’06, of Durham,
is working for the Northern Seacoast Division of PSNH. He’s responsible
for figuring out what needs to happen from an electrical engineering perspective
for any upgrades or repairs made to the northern seacoast area’s electrical
Working at PSNH has given him insight into the planning necessary to implement
large-scale engineering projects. “When you design something, so many
other people are involved in implementing it. I’m amazed at the diversity
of skills that are necessary to make thins happen,” Dahlstrom said.
For information on UNH internship programs and opportunities contact internship
coordinator Dierdre Foyle-Lyder, at 603-862-0271, or dierdre.foyle@unh