The Gift of Opportunity

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In the 2018-19 academic year, 281 students, representing 32 majors, participated in internship experiences in 34 states/territories and eight countries. Of those students, 83 percent received full or partial funding from the Berea College Office of Internships. Generous gifts from our donors, friends and alumni make these life- and career-altering internships a reality for hundreds of Berea students each year. Here is a sneak peek into just a handful of our student internship experiences this past summer.

Portrait of Ronnie Sloan

Ronnie Sloan (Senior)

Major: Sustainability and Environmental Studies
Remediation Internship
Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TEDC). Nashville, Tenn.

Mallory Tenge with wheel barrowMallory Tenge (Junior)

Major: Agriculture and Natural Resources
Permaculture Internship. Kealakekua, Hawaii

Zoe Cowley interviewing a womanZoe Cowley (Junior)

Major: African and African American Studies
University of Kentucky Libraries Internship
Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History. Lexington, Ky.

Anne Otieno at GoogleAnne Otieno (Junior)

Major: Computer and Information Science
Global Technology Support Internship
Google. New York, N.Y.

Rachel Starnes hugging a group of childrenRachel Starnes (Sophomore)

Major: Education Studies
Girls Empowerment Internship
Starfish International. The Gambia, Africa

“It not only taught me about working with students of a different culture, but also taught me about myself and my goals in life. Because of this internship, my goal of being a teacher was enhanced and encouraged, and led me to the decision to become an English teacher at the postsecondary level.”

Gabriella Epley working at a deskGabriella Epley (Sophomore)

Major: Spanish
Law, Ethics and Society Internship
Restorative Justice. Louisville, Ky.

Xitlaly Rivera At King's Eye CareXitlaly Rivera (Sophomore)

Major: Biology
Optometry Internship
King’s Eye Care. Berea, Ky.

“There’s no way I would have been able to afford to go to New York and intern as a wedding photographer without
funding from Berea College. This was so important to me because during my time there, I discovered I wanted to have a career in wedding photography.”

Oluwatobi Adejumo assisting with a photo shootTobi Adejumo (Junior)

Major: Computer and Information Science
Wedding Photographer Internship
Jay Lim Studio. New York, N.Y.

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