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ACAchieves Spotlights

Assumption students – and alumni – understand the importance of applying classroom knowledge to real-world situations. You’ll find many of our students doing internships and research projects, which aid them in securing jobs and graduate school placements in their senior year. Learn more about the achievements of our students and alumni below.

Elizabeth DiLoreto
Biology with a concentration in Neuroscience '17
Internship: Undergraduate Intern of the Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology Department at UMASS Medical School

My internship taught me how little I know. Being around people who have been so immersed in their field for so long showed the passion that one can develop for their field. This application-based learning really helped me to have a greater appreciation for what I was learning in the classroom. It also helped me to be more comfortable in the class labs, allowing me to help others with the concepts I already understood.

Jessica Damour
English Literature and Secondary Education '16
Internship: Student Teacher at Mountview Middle School; Post-Grad Plans: Master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs at Salem State University and Assistant Area Director at Babson College

For the past three years, I worked as a Resident Assistant and Orientation Leader. Through these positions, I have had the chance to work with some of the best professionals in the Higher Education field. They helped me reach out of my comfort zone and learn about the importance of the academic and personal development of college students. My Assumption experience showed me that what you learn outside of the classroom is just as important as what you learn in your classes.

Nicole Bongiovani
English with a concentration in Writing and Mass Communications '16
Internship: Marketing and Communications Intern with YWCA of Central Massachusetts

My internship at YWCA taught me how to manage an engaging social media campaign through using platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Hootsuite. I learned how to analyze the campaign and how to edit it to improve engagement. I also assisted in the planning, coordination and execution of agency events in Worcester and was responsible for the production of all collateral materials such as the e-newsletter, employee bios and appeal letters.

Sarah Small
Economics '16
Internship: Community Insight Analyst at My-Take LLC; Post-Grad Plans: Ph.D. candidate in Economics at Colorado State University

My internship taught me valuable research skills. I learned that I love understanding how the world works, but also realized that I hope to apply these research skills not only in a corporate environment, but to the world around me.

Dr. Michele Lemons, Rachel Avard, Michaela Temple and Monika Rettler
Natural Sciences
Project Name: Molecular Mechanisms of Neural Development

“I enjoy working with Assumption students and unlocking new mysteries about neuronal development.  It’s extremely gratifying to carefully plan and execute a series of experiments with students and to ultimately (hopefully) obtain data that unveils a novel understanding about molecular mechanisms of neural development.  It’s thrilling to be the first to answer a scientific question that no one else has answered!  It is equally thrilling to see the ‘ah ha’ moment in students eyes as they make new discoveries in the lab after investing a lot of work and effort in their projects.   Research in the lab is challenging and Assumption students bring a source of energy, dedication and optimism that are important factors for success.” - Dr. Michele Lemons

Dr. Jessica McCready, Juan Toscano, Carmino Riccio and Robert Benjamin
Natural Sciences
Project Name: The role of Tumor Microenvironment in Pregnancy Associated Breast Cancer

"Conducting research highlights the importance of the material we teach in the classroom.  As science professors we try to stress the importance of what we teach to real life.  Once the student arrives in the research lab, he or she begins to see how important the lecture material becomes since we use our knowledge of biology all the time in the lab.  These research projects offer a great opportunity to work closely with a professor and we form close relationships with our research students that last beyond the students’ time at Assumption." - Dr. Jessica McCready

Molly Sweeney
English with a concentration in Writing and Mass Communications '16
Internship: Operations Intern at GO Mammoth

In London, I interned at GO Mammoth, a company that runs adult sports leagues. I had a very hands on experience and was able to put what I had learned in the classroom at Assumption into action in England.

Anne Zarembka
Marketing '16
Internship: Strategic Planning Analyst Intern at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Rhode Island

At Blue Cross I analyzed the current state of the marketplace trends to identify any gaps in the corporate and divisional plans. I developed white papers, memos, and presentations on various marketplace trends for stakeholders. I also aided in the development of current-state BCBSRI internal assessments.

Amanda Cefaratti
Global Studies and History '16
Internship: Marketing and Operations Intern with Assumption College Athletics and Recreation; Post-Grad Plans: Master’s in Higher Education and Student Affairs at Merrimack College

My experiences as a Resident Assistant, a member of the Student Government Association, Campus Ministry and my internship with Campus Recreation brought out a passion in me for student affairs. These co-curricular experiences have made me confident that I will enjoy a career in student affairs.

Hailey Walker
Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies '16
Internship: Career Development Unit Intern at Genesis Club; Post-Grad Plans: Master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling at Assumption College

My experience at Assumption College has enabled me to follow my passion in advocating for people with disabilities within my Human Services classes and in the community, from my leadership roles as a Co-President for the Assumption Disability Awareness Promotion Team and being on Student Government Association. These experiences only reinforced my desire to follow my path in the Human Services field and has prepared me to be a strong advocate for others.

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