The Senior Internship program provides seniors the opportunity to combine individual passions and talents as they conduct research, engage with experts, and work in the field (April 30 – May 25) while contributing to their personal growth and the betterment of their communities. Through this process, students practice self-advocacy, navigate uncharted territory, apply design thinking, collaborate with peers and professionals, communicate through a variety of media, and build skills in a specialized field.
Here is a list of our seniors and their internships:
Jace Cardona and partner, Katia Mendez, have created an interdivisional mentorship art program to cultivate cognitive ability and enhance positivity through a variety of art processes and techniques, specifically 2-D design. The program constitutes a collaborative teaching internship, at Brentwood by the Bay, where teens and the elderly will have an opportunity to share their passion for the arts.
Yiwen “Avery” Chen is learning the ropes of public relations and marketing with Rocky Hill School’s own Director of Communications and Marketing, Peter Hanney. Her internship is focused on graphic design, multi-media strategy, event organization, and promotions.
Yuxuan “Catherine” Chen is exploring her interests in business management, marketing, and fundraising at Space for Humanity, a non-profit organization dedicated to democratizing space by sending 10,000 private individuals to space over the next ten years. Catherine is assisting in the management of conferences, translations, and research.
Katlyn Conforti is looking to make a very personal and meaning connection as she serves as mentor and coach at Foster Forward in Providence.
Abby Costantino is interning at Hands in Harmony where she is exploring how music can be used as a therapeutic medium and learn about the inner workings of a business based around music. Abby’s internship is an extension of her seminar topic which focused on songwriting as a tool for mindfulness and restorative mental health.
Olivia DePasquale continues her research on the uses of drama as a therapeutic source for people with disabilities at Trinity Repertory Company, collaborating especially with the TRAIN program—a theater collective that works with children with varying disabilities. Her work includes preparing lesson material, props, set, and costumes, as well as assisting classes.
Alex Dubs persevered to secure her internship with R & D Technologies, to have an immersive experience in 3-D printing and additive manufacturing, in preparation for her studies in computer science and engineering.
Madelyn Dutilly’s internship in a pre-school class with Creative Child Care Inc. gives her the opportunity to combine the focus of her seminar research on children with disabilities with her interest in the education of young children with varying learning profiles.
Maddie Fine further explores the genre of sketch comedy she presented at the seminar and expanding her passion for acting and love of the theater with the members of The Wilbury Theater Group in Providence. Within this experimental milieu, Maddie hopes to create a Second City environment focused on new workshops for teens.
Kyle Finn Is extremely excited with his internship with Classic Entertainment and Sports, where he is learning the fundamentals of organizing events and communicating with business and organizations to sponsor and televise major events. This internship brings together two of Kyle’s passions and aspirations: sports and live broadcasting and will help him decide his major in college.
Brandon Gregory is learning the fundamentals of property management during his internship at NA Ventures, an opportunity that fuels his passion for real estate and gives him first hand experience of what it takes to sustain properties and navigate customer relationships.
Shan Huang has the wonderful opportunity to continue her passion for design and business at Blakely Interior Design; having studied industrial design at RISD and economics and business at Columbia University the last two summers, Shan is ready to add to her impressive list of skills.
Austin Jandrucko juggles two internships for the National Parks: one at the Boys and Girls Club of New Bedford Historical Whaling National Park, where he performs and teaches the art of illusion; and at Roger Williams National Parks, where he assists in land restoration.
Reese Jennings is enjoying a dual internship as he divides his time between the South Kingstown Land Trust and the South County Museum, each to which he contributes his previous studies in sustainable energy practices and conservation.
Hannah Lawson is excited about her internship at Contrology Physical Therapy; having long had the dream of entering the medical field, Hannah hopes her experience will help determine the career path she chooses to follow.
Sizhe “Lester” Li has secured a much sought-after internship opportunity with Thomas Serre at the Serre Lab at Brown University, where he has joined a team whose research is focused on visual recognition, specifically computational models of biological and machine vision.
Xin “Amy” Liu is enjoying her internship in the Development Department at Waterfire, where she pursues her interest in community fundraising.
Nick Mangiamelli is working as a TA with Ms. Lauren Savoia, Rocky Hill’s Middle School art teacher, learning about artmaking, art education, program development, and event planning at the Boys and Girls Club in New Bedford, and the Youth Leadership Academy at the National Parks.
Katia Mendez in partnership with Jace Cardona, has designed an educational art program that highlights the benefits of art and the artmaking process. During their collaborative teaching internship at Brentwood by the Bay, Katia and Jace coordinate several activities; Katia’s personal goal is to create a meaningful connection with the residents and truly provide a beneficial outlet for them through the art of creation and reflection.
Alec O’del interns at the Social Enterprise Greenhouse, Rhode Island’s first social enterprise co-working space, where he is expanding his knowledge about business, learning the dynamics of social entrepreneurship, and researching its future in Rhode Island.
Ding Pang pursues his passion for the environment as he interns with The Nature Conservancy, assisting the marine team with two monitoring projects: The Providence River estuary and the oyster reefs within the coastal ponds along southern Rhode Island, as well as a program monitoring the threatened Piping Plover’s nesting areas.
Tom Ricci works for a cause after he joined the South County team of Habitat for Humanity, in their Restore department.
Tina Richards makes a very personal and meaning connection serving as mentor and coach at Foster Forward in Providence.
Charlotte Roch has been introduced to early childhood education when she interns in a first-grade class at John Wickes Elementary School in Narragansett.
Michael Santos is enjoying his internship at Citizens Bank, specifically in assisting the Data Analytics team; Michael hopes not only to further his education in accounting, but also to learn more about consumer banking, which in turn will help him determine the path he wishes to pursue in college.
Brianna Segerson will use her internship, focused on strategic marketing and innovative business strategies, at DiLeonardo International, to determine whether marketing and business management may direct her course selection at college in the fall.
Ruochen “Scarlett” Shen continues her interest in mindful workspace design and research in related fields. Scarlett enjoys the first hand experience of the design process at DiLeonardo International.
Nate Talbutt is expanding his vast theater repertoire where he joins Ana Bess Moyer Bell ’06, drama therapist, founder of C.O.A.A.S.T (Creating Outreach About Addiction Support Together), and Rocky Hill’s spring Artist-in-Residence, by assisting in programs using drama therapy to teach substance abuse prevention and help aid in recovery.
Hannah Wahl-Dunnigan continues to pursue her interest in arts and healthcare at the Brown University of Public Health. Her internship is a continuation of her seminar research and presentation on how exposure to the visual arts can aid in the development of skills crucial to practicing medicine and have a long-term impact on the mental health of medical practitioners.
During her internship with Legacy Construction, Andrea White has the opportunity to be part of the planning, scheduling, and estimating, as well as the implementation and monitoring of a construction project. This immersive experience is a continuation of her research into green building technology and eco-friendly building materials.