Amidst a global pandemic, Elms students demonstrated incredible resilience in completing senior and junior internships.

The Elms mission asks students to “respond creatively to the demands of their chosen career.” For many graduating seniors in the class of 2020, internships were the perfect place to put this philosophy into practice — especially if they were completed prior to the spring.

For students forced to shelter at home due to the pandemic, their experiences ended up looking a little different than anticipated. The first phrase of the Elms mission, “embrace change without compromising principle,” rang true in these cases.

Below is a collection of stories demonstrating the resilience of Elms students and their efforts to shape a bright future for themselves and others.

Kayleigh Titor ’20

History and Art double major | New Britain Museum of Art

“My internship experience gave me a ‘behind the scenes’ look into how museums function while providing me valuable interpersonal skills.”

As an intern with NBMA, Kayleigh learned how museums fund their educational programs and archive special collections. She also supported adults and children during art workshops. Kayleigh’s experience will strengthen her applications to graduate programs in museum studies, she said.

Keiry Marquez ’20

CITS major | National Ambulance

“This experience has been extremely beneficial to me. It has allowed me to understand how to build and initiate a network for an expanding business, something in which I can provide to a future employer.”

Working at National Ambulance gave Keiry a firsthand look at information technology in a medical setting. She assisted IT staff in designing an expansion plan for the organization’s network, so that new office space would be fully integrated with the existing infrastructure.

Clare Rief ’20

English major | The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum

“The literary-themed activities and crafts made a nice connection to my major. Having this internship on my resume will benefit me in the future because it will show my experience working in a museum.”

Prior to the outbreak of COVID-19, Clare gained experience as a museum docent by interacting with visitors in the Cat’s Corner. After relocating home due to Massachusetts public health guidelines, she adapted to her new circumstances and created an original collection of arts and crafts ideas for future visitors to enjoy.

Keara Moulton ’21

Accounting and Sport Management double major | Oakmont Regional High School

“This amazing opportunity…cemented the fact that I want to be a running coach in the future.”

Keara’s internship as a co-ed high school indoor track and field coach confirmed what she has known all along: she wants a career in coaching. For over 3 months, Keara coached 20 girls and 35 boys at her alma mater. She created practice plans and workouts, while also offering her student-athletes advice about applying to college.

For more information on internship experiences at Elms, visit our experiential learning page.