Innovation Generation: Learning through Practice (videos)

Kerry Kidwell-Slak is assistant director of professional practice at UMBC’s Shriver Center.

Joshua Kurikeshu '12, IS and Visual Arts (Project Lead Intern, General Electric)While many UMBC students make their mark on campus, others choose to take their commitment to change into environments from Baltimore City to the wilds of Alaskan forests. Many of our students find these experiences by taking advantage of UMBC’s award-winning internship, co-op and research programs, offered through the Shriver Center.

These experiences encourage students to develop leadership skills, explore potential career paths and make connections with diverse professionals already working in the field. Further, these students have a tangible impact on their organizations and causes that matter to them. They lead children in community service projects, develop marketing campaigns, research how to cure diseases, and reinforce critical cybersecurity protocols.

Check out these videos from Summer 2012 interns Paulette Mensah ’12, Health Administration and Policy, and Molissa Udevitz ’15, Environmental Studies and Dance, who share their experiences and the impact they’ve made on the world.

Paulette and Molissa are just two of the 700 UMBC students who enrolled in the Shriver Center’s internship, co-op and research practica this summer. See UMBC’s web feature profiling 2012 summer interns to learn more.

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