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First-Year Internship Q&A with Women's Volleyball Student-Athlete Meghan Frederick

Meghan Frederick poses for a photo with a volleyball at her hip.

BEVERLY, Mass. – At Endicott College, a student's first-year internship lays the foundation for future success. It either reinforces early career decisions or creates a new path of thinking about life after graduation. In essence, it gets undergraduate students thinking about their future right from the start, putting them a step ahead of their competition. 

During the winter season, Endicott women's volleyball freshman student-athlete Meghan Frederick (Sunapee, N.H.) completed her first-year internship. Frederick gained valuable experiences through her first-year internship and offered up her perspectives to

Meghan Frederick
Sport Management

First-year Internship: Avitide

Describe your overall experience at your internship.

I had a great experience. The people who worked at Avitide were welcoming and willing to create tasks for me that were achievable but that needed time and special skills to achieve them. I worked with many different employees at Avitide that wanted me to design 3D parts for their different robots. Because I had to work with these different people it helped me with my communication skills and making different connections. 

Did your perspective on your chosen career path / major change? Do you want to further pursue this career path / major or do you think you might want to try a different area of your major or switch all together?

I will continue to study bioengineering because I loved what I was doing, however, I think that I will end up doing something a bit different in the future. I worked on 3D designing mechanical parts, but in the future, I want to work on 3D design anatomical parts for surgeries ex. tissue engineering. By working with Avitide I realized that I need an environment where I am not only sitting down at the desk all day but moving, experimenting, and communicating with others throughout the day.

What was the biggest lesson you learned from your first internship?

The biggest lesson I learned was (it sounds funny) that the internet will/can be your best friend. Because I was the only one in the department that knew how to work the 3D design program, I had to be independent and find solutions online. The internet is very accessible to everyone and if you know what to research you can solve your problem in minutes. 

What advice would you give to future students on picking their first internship?

Future students shouldn't be content with doing small menial tasks for their first internship. Start big by looking for internships that will help you put a foot in the door for what you want to learn. Look for places that will challenge and value your skills and push you to do something bigger than refilling the shelves.

Was your internship what you expected? If it was or wasn't how so?

My internship wasn't exactly what I expected. I thought that I was going to be following a worker around all day and learning about what they do every day, however, what I was doing was very independent. I did most activities by myself and before I thought that I was going to be doing very menial tasks like filling samples of cells but what I actually did helped the company very much. 

The Endicott Experience feature aims to highlight the entirety of the student-athletes' experiential learning journey throughout their academic careers. The student-athlete at Endicott is afforded the same opportunities as the general student population at the College as it relates to internships, study abroad, and postgraduate career pursuits. This philosophy mirrors the mission statement of the College which every student is encouraged to take intellectual risks, pursue scholarly and creative interests, contribute to the community, and explore diverse career paths. Read more Endicott Experience features by navigating the links below.   

INTERNSHIP: Fall 2015 | 2014-15 Internships Fall 2016 Semester-Long | Gulls "Learn By Doing" On Winter Break | 442 Student-Athletes Complete Internships During 2016-17 Academic Year

STUDY ABROAD: Studying Abroad as a Student-Athlete at Endicott | James Dwyer Focuses on Opportunities Abroad in Switzerland with Les Roches Global Hospitality | Endicott Student-Athletes Study Abroad in Asia | Holly Erbe Studies Abroad in London, Paris, Amsterdam | Andrea Courtemanche Gains New Perspectives Through Study Abroad Trip | 

ACADEMICS: Emily Sharpe and Eric Owens Balance STEM and Sport at Endicott | Kendra Walters, Creating Her Own Happiness Through Art at Endicott

CAREER OUTCOMES: Internships Lead To Career Outcomes | 2015 Graduates Find Immediate Success in Job Market

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