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Meet Laura

Laura BrookshireFor her MPA internship she worked for the Transylvania County school system in the child nutrition office in summer 2015. Learning about school lunch programs has been helpful for her job at Farm Aid because, “some of our grantee organizations work on farm-to-school and school garden programs and policies.”

Brookshire said all of her intern experiences were valuable learning experiences and encourages students to make the effort: “The internships allowed me to apply what I had learned in the classroom in real-world settings and also influenced my research topics. All together, my courses and internships rounded out my resume to help me get my current position.”

She said her professor, Dr. Mark Bradbury, repeatedly reminded students that internships were valuable in that they informed the student about work they did not want to pursue, as much as the other way around. Read more at:

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Meet Eric

Eric BurtonAn internship in a NOAA laboratory during Summer 2016 provided a lesson in the value of collaboration.

Eric Burton, geography major in Appalachian State University’s Honors College, was awarded the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship that included a summer internship between his junior and senior years at NOAA’s Princeton, New Jersey, facility.

Burton’s 10-week paid internship at the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory focused on checking weather models for accuracy and mapping predictions for the southern hemisphere. Specifically, Burton was monitoring tropical ozone concentrations in the lower atmosphere —“an air quality issue, and I examined it specifically in relation to the El Niño/Southern Oscillation and fire emissions.”

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Meet Sarah

Sarah AldridgeFor political science major Sarah Aldridge, the opportunity to complete two internships in Washington, D.C., during fall semester of her senior year showed how her interests in education, policy and social justice could intersect for a future career.

Aldridge spent 20 hours a week working with the Sustained Dialogue Institute (SDI), a nonprofit organization that teaches college students how to transform difficult relationships and create tangible change. She also spent 20 hours a week with the Senate Committee for Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.

“I had the chance to meet such amazing people at various organizations through briefings, receptions and coordinated meetings,” said Aldridge of Concord, North Carolina, who is a Wilson Scholar at Appalachian State University. “Before this experience, I wasn’t sure how I wanted to contribute to the field of education reform. My internships helped me discover how my strengths and passions can best work to create positive change in the world of education.”

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