Career Exploration & Development
Week of February 18, 2015
Two of Denison's most notable alumni, Hal Holbrook and Michael Eisner, talk about the power of a liberal arts education from Denison. Our takeaway: knowing a little about a lot of things is powerful in enhancing your professional path, whichever specialization you choose. What are your thoughts? Use the comment stream at the bottom to respond.
Introducing "Ask a Career Advisor"
Tues, Wed, & Thurs in Slayter
The CE&D office will now have career advisors present on the 1st floor of Slayter during middle of the week to answer any of your career-related questions!
Here is the schedule:
Tuesday: Ankit Shah, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Wednesday: Kirsten Fox, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Thursday: Michele Doran, 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
Internship Spotlight: Erin Keller ('15)
Name: Erin Keller ('15)
Majors: Psychology, Communication Studies
Position: Research Assistant, University of South Florida, College of Nursing
What were your day-to-day responsibilities?
I was a research assistant to Dr. Kip, who is currently studying the effects of Accelerate Resolution therapy on Military Veterans that suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. My day-to-day responsibilities included helping with patient enrollment, entering and coding data, and editing different research articles or grant proposals. The biggest chunk of my time was definitely coding and entering data. I would review and compare new data to old data to check the progression of the study.
What was one of the highlights of your internship? Any specifically exciting days?
I was extremely lucky to have an internship that I absolutely loved. Thinking back, there are two days in particular that were very interesting. One day my boss, Dr. Kip, let me tag a long to a city hall meeting where veterans were invited to come and speak about their experiences with the VA. It was eye opening to hear testimony of old veterans and new veterans and hear they types of changes they wanted to see within the Veterans Affairs systems. The other day would be when I was able to meet Laney Rosenzweig, the creator of Accelerate Resolution Therapy, which Dr. Kip was studying. Myself and another intern were able to sit in on a training session and see first hand how the therapy works.
What did you learn?
Too many things to even list… A good place to start though would be the entire research process. Dr. Kip wanted me to experience every aspect of research and be included in each step. I was able to sit in on different meetings, go to different mental health conferences, and even help run an EEG test on a participant. Aside from the technical aspects of research, I learned a significant amount about post-traumatic stress disorder and the implications it can have on a soldier’s or anyone’s life. This was definitely the most rewarding and useful knowledge I gained.
Did your liberal arts education contribute to your ability to excel in your internship? In what way?
Yes, my liberal arts education definitely helped me excel in my internship. In order to be successful I needed to be able to write well, articulate myself, and problem solve. My experience at Denison has shaped and molded all of those skills. The psychology program at Denison also places a huge emphasis on research, so I had a great foundation when tackling different aspects of the research process.
What are your hopes or plans for the future?
In the future, I hope to continue my education (after a year or two break) and work towards my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. Following that, I want to specialize in trauma and work with Military Veterans that suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. It’s going to be a long process, but I am very excited!
Any advice for the internship seekers of Denison?
My advice is to exhaust all options and use your connections. It can never hurt to ask.
Ask a Fellow!
Have a question for our fellows? Send your inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org with "Ask a Fellow" as the subject line. Your question could be featured in an upcoming newsletter!
This week's question:
"How long should my resume be when applying for internships?" -- Brian
Your resume should be one-page in length. Many recruiters and hiring managers will not look at a second page during their reviews of intern candidates, and some may even skip your application altogether if the candidate submits a longer document. -- Grant