Humanities Scholars’ experiences at UMBC are not confined to their classes. They step outside the boundaries of the classroom and apply what they have learned within a professional environment. Some examples of these internships include:
Dylan Elliott (class ’17)
- January-May 2016, Chambers of the Honorable Wanda Keyes Heard, Baltimore City Circuit
Supported the judge, administrative assistant, and the law clerk in the day to day operation of the courtroom. Processed defendants Motions for Modification or Reduction of Sentence and notifications of a Violation of Probation, providing a written recommendation to the judge about what actions should be taken. Researched and wrote a paper on the history and usage of plea bargaining in the United States.
- Summer 2015, January and Summer 2016, Dorsey Law Firm
Dylan handled personal injury cases writing demand letters to insurance adjustors, Communicated with clients, insurance adjustors, medical record companies, and doctors’ offices, wrote memos for case files when necessary, and took part in several court room observations.
- Summer 2015, Calvert County State’s Attorney’s Office
Dylan shadowed assistant state’s attorneys, helped attorneys prepare for trials by preparing trial notes and questions, as well as prepping docket files. He also assisted in courtroom with by organizing and obtaining documents, law books, and notes, communicated with other attorneys, the paralegals in the office, and witnesses, and conducted some case law research.
- Summer 2014, Collections Department of Historic St. Mary’s City
Dylan received an overview of the entire archaeological experience. He worked as an artifact cleaner—with a brush and water or dry brushing, and in database management: entering information from record cards such as who excavated the site, what artifacts they took out of the ground, and soil type.
Naomi Martínez (class ’17)
- Summer 2014, Medical Intern at Subcentro de Salud de Puerto Lopez
Naomi interned in a medical clinic in Ecuador to improve her Spanish and complement her anthropology studies by living in another country. She shadowed doctors, assisted the nurses, and worked on community health projects in the clinic.
Allison Feeney (class ’17)
- Summer 2016, Allison was a general intern at Altus Group, which provides State and local tax and advisory services to companies.
- Summer 2015, Allison was a Program Management intern at Textron Systems in Hunt Valley, MD. This internship entailed preparing and analyzing a number of documents in support of Textron’s UAV program contracts with the U.S. and International governments. The documents included Pricing and Estimating reports, Flight and Equipment reports for New Equipment Training, UAV Customer Requests, and Quality reviews to facilitate sales of $4 million.
Maggie Graham (class ’17)
- Spring 2016, The Malki Initiative, India — While studying abroad, Maggie worked alongside an NGO (non-governmental organization) in Biligirirangana Hills; the NGO’s focus is on tribal maternal health. As part of the team, I worked on an extensive literature review for The Mountain Institute India. I also completed my own research project, exploring how people in rural areas view health, disease, and care options and how these views affect health-seeking behaviors and the kinds of resources they seek out. I am hoping to develop a similar study back in America with families who immigrated from India, to turn this study into a cross-cultural exploration.
Ela Beck (class ’17)
- Fellow Imagineers (Fall 2015-Winter 2016) -Contributed to crowdsourced documentary about fans of the Finnish metal band Nightwish
Kelley Bennett (class ’18)
- Summer 2016 – Present, Kelley is serving as the social media presence for the publication of Dr. Mitch Yockelson’s fourth book, Forty-Seven Days.
Emma Barnes (class ’18)
- Summer 2016, Technical Writers, Inc, — Emma was full-time intern. This is a local company that does contracting for science/technology corporations, performing services such as documenting chemical analysis equipment, producing standard operating procedures and manuals, and software testing.
- Fall 2014 – Present, Undergraduate Researcher in Dr. Jeff Leips’ Laboratory, UMBC
At the lab, Emma worked independently on developing an identification guide for Drosophila fruitflies, She also utilized detail-oriented skills to clearly and concisely describe different species.
- Fall 2014 – Present, Writer at the The Helix, UMBC
Emma interviewed students of scientific fields about their research. She then organized the information from interviews into easily accessible blog entries. Beginning in Spring 2015, she is also managing the Helix as well.
Anthony Alberti (class ’18)
- Fall 2016, Bartleby, Staff intern for UMBC’s creative arts journal.
- Fall 2015, Part of a team researching the effect that video games have on community Anthony will be in charge of collecting data on who is playing the games and seeing if the games are bringing people together that otherwise wouldn’t have been or instead inhibiting the ways that they are socializing. Anthony has also been tasked with creating some of the narratives for the games.
Kelly Wan (class ’18)
- Summer 2015, STARTALK Chinese Summer Program
Kelly worked as a paraeducator for the STARTALK Chinese Summer Program, where she taught children Chinese language.
Julian Tash (class ’18)
- Fall 2015, Curatorial Internship Related to Asian Art, Walters Art Museum
The majority of work focused on object research. Julian investigated the histories of pieces in the WAM’s collection and contextualized them in the broader history of Asian art. He worked on subjects ranging from Chinese silk paintings to Japanese netsuke. Julian also created one major research project on Buddhist statuary which is currently in the process of becoming an exhibition at the WAM. While the group of pieces and their accompanying writing will be edited, he wrote all of the initial expository texts for this project and also organized an accompanying group of contemporary Japanese ceramics for this exhibition. Other responsibilities included updating label descriptions and recording object numbers for curators.
Flora Kirk (class ’18)
- Summer 2015, Roman Baths, Bath, UK
Flora catalogued and sorted coins from the recently discovered Beau Street Hoard, one of the largest Roman coin hoards discovered in Britain. She also designed and put together a display on coin imagery and meaning, using specific examples from the hoard.
Kate Gitter (class ’18)
- Spring 2016
Kate starts her third semester as a research assistant in Dr. Borrero’s Human Operant lab, assisting graduate psychology students at UMBC with their research on Applied Behavior Analysis. Her latest project was field research determining whether or not preschool children suffer from loss aversion and how that relates to current understanding of token economies. She hopes her work in the ABA field will provide insight into the ways people learn, to prepare her for a teaching career.
Morgan Zepp (class ’18)
- Summer 2016, Loch Raven Review Intern
Morgan will assist the editors of this local literary magazine with publishing content on their website and doing copy editing
- Fall 2015, Writing Center Internship
Morgan spent three hours a week being trained and mentored to become a writing tutor in UMBC’s Writing Center. Topics of training include how to work with ESL students, how to gauge the needs of students in order to be more directive or less directive, how to tutor in subjects with content knowledge we do not possess while still being helpful during the session, and much more. Internship ended in being hired to work in the Writing Center for Spring ‘16
Emily Grace (class ’18)
- Spring 2016, Assistant Editor and Online Editor at BrickHouse Books, Baltimore, Maryland
Emily’s position will include working with about five professional manuscripts, offering commentary and suggestions to the authors, and updating and managing the publishing house’s web presence, both on the website and on social media.
Zoe Russo (class of ’18)
- Summer 2016, Editorial Intern for Brickhouse Books
Zoe read and edited submissions by local authors throughout Baltimore, including manuscripts, collections of poetry, novellas and short stories, etc. Penned letters to authors giving them feedback on their work.
- Summer 2015, Social Media and Communication Intern for the office of Delegate Mary Washington
Zoe edited and wrote pieces for the delegate’s website and personally dealt with constituent concerns. He also drafted/edited materials relating to the 2015 legislative session, organized, filled, and conducted data collection. Enroll also made phone calls/sent materials for the delegate.
- Summer 2015, Editorial Intern for NewsUp
Zoe conducted research on current events (including foreign relations, pop culture, and the upcoming presidential election) and history. He also wrote and published quizzes for the website based on research, and promoted website and pushed quizzes via social media. Emory also monitored website traffic and user feedback and gathered data related to website traffic.
Megumi Gomyo (class ’18)
- Fall 2015, Disney College Program in Orlando, Florida
Megumi spent the Fall 2015 semester living in Orlando while she worked at the Walt Disney World Resort as a Theater Operations cast member. Her duties involved ushering guests in and out of the theater, helping guests make FastPass+ (Disney’s expedited wait time service) selections, and interacting with guests of various ages and backgrounds. She also was able to use her French speaking skills, as her nametag showed guests that she could speak French
Carrie Cook (class ’18)
- Summer 2016, Young Adult Writer/Researcher Intern, Washington Independent Review of Books.
Carrie researched and analyzed book reviews from a variety of publications, chose YA books to be reviewed and assign reviewers, communicated with reviewers and ensured reviews were turned in on time, and edited reviews in conjunction with senior assignments editor.
- Fall 2016, Bartleby
As a staff member of Bartleby, Carrie reviewed and chose student submitted pieces for publication in UMBC’s creative arts journal, and assisted in the editing process
Sage Burch (class ’19)
- Summer 2016, Communications Intern, St. Mary’s College of Maryland
Sage wrote press releases, tweeted, did general copywriting, and copywriting for the web.
- Summer 2016, Center for the Study of Democracy
Page wrote a 5~6 page annual review to showcase what the Center has done for the community
- Summer 2015, St. Mary’s College of Maryland
Helena Wachhaus (class ’19)
- Fall 2016, Section Intern for Bartleby
Mairead will help with the promotion of the literary arts journal and be tasked with reading and evaluating the pieces as they are submitted to Bartleby. Each written piece will be given a short report which will help the senior editors decide which pieces to include in the journal.
Bianca Washington (class ’19)
- Summer 2016, Fitness Fun Camp
Bianca will be working with camp counselors to teach techniques and the importance of being healthy, and how sports are more than just a way to exercise but build life skills that can’t be or aren’t being taught in a class room setting.
- Spring 2017, Friends School of Baltimore
Building and helping teach Africana Studies class curriculum. Mairead will be helping her mentor, Mr. Ghani Raines, development a curriculum that he will teach to his class. She will have the opportunity to create assignments and maybe teach some smaller lesson plans with his assistance.
Cliel Shdaimah (class ’19)
- Fall 2016 -2017 Hillel Shabbat Intern