BEVERLY, Mass. – Endicott College is a pioneer in requiring comprehensive internship experiences in every program of study for undergraduate students. Here's a look into men's ice hockey student-athlete and mathematics major Kyle Thibodeaux's (Glastonbury, Conn.) internship experience at Holten Richmond Middle School (HRMS).
ECGULLS: Describe your overall internship experience.
THIBODEAUX: For my internship, I joined a sixth-grade math classroom at Holten Richmond Middle School in Danvers, Mass. During my three weeks in the classroom, I had such an amazing experience getting to know each one of my students while also assisting them with their academic needs in the classroom. During the duration of my internship, the students worked on a "Shark Tank" project where they would present to the class their sales pitch on a product they created. It was amazing to see how creative the students were when coming up with ideas for their products. During the course of the project, we were able to slip in math components like finding the volume of the package that their product would go into or finding the percent of the companies' worth they wanted to request from the sharks. This project was so much fun to be a part of because the students were engaged in the math processes while also having a great time doing it.
ECGULLS: What have you learned from your internship?
ECGULLS: How will this internship help you in your career moving forward?
ECGULLS: What kind of networking have you done at your internship?
ECGULLS: Do you have a favorite experience or story from your internship? If so, what was it?
THE ENDICOTT INTERNSHIP MODEL
A philosophy of "learning by doing" permeates the college curriculum in which students are encouraged to integrate theory and practice in all of their studies.
Through their experiences in internships students will be prepared to:
- Apply, integrate, and evaluate knowledge within a particular academic discipline
- Develop competencies for careers and community service
- Explore career options and gain field experience
- Foster personal growth through increased self-confidence, interpersonal skills, an understanding of self and others, and a heightened awareness of ethical standards
- Improve the ability to learn in a self-directed manner
(Photo Credit - Kyle Thibodeaux '21)