The University of Connecticut’s Center for Career Development has awarded its annual Intern of the Year to Emily Snodgrass. Emily was chosen for the 2014 Intern of the Year Award for her internship with the Minnesota Memory Project due to her dedication to the organization, academic excellence, and leadership on and off campus. Pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Allied Health Sciences, Emily is a senior, graduating in May 2015.
Emily was nominated by Jared Fine, Research Associate at the Alzheimer’s Research Center at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, MN, and Judy Brown, Associate Professor in Residence at UConn. Fine commented on Emily’s likability in the Minnesota Memory Project, “I remember telling her during her exit interview that she was one of the most likable people I’ve ever encountered. Her positive can-do attitude and social skills made her a team player and a desirable and valuable intern.” Brown praised Emily and her efforts, stating, “She demonstrated creativity and independence to design and complete an external internship, she has continued to integrate the skills and knowledge gained from the internship into her research process, and the work products she has already distributed, and is now developing, will undoubtedly be of value to the aging population and their health care providers.”
As a research intern, Emily worked on a longitudinal study focusing on dementia in adults. Her tasks included proctoring memory assessments, data entry, and designing an annual newsletter.
In addition to her academic excellence, and internship experience, Emily is actively involved in on-campus programs and athletics including severing as a mentor and tutor for the UConn Counseling Program for Intercollegiate Athletes, volunteering with the Husky Reach Community Outreach Program, and playing Division I ice hockey.
The Center for Career Development has also selected two second place winners for the Intern of the Year Award: Paige Gregory and Brianna Church.
Paige Gregory has been acknowledged for her work with the Whirlpool Corporation as a Brand Marketing Intern. Pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing with a minor in Mathematics, Paige is a senior, graduating in May 2015. Paige’s internship consisted of her analyzing Whirlpool’s performance, recommending improvements, developing business plans and go-to-market strategies for new product launches, and much more.
Brianna Church has been awarded for her work as an intern with the US Geological Survey Branch of Geophysics this past summer. Pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Engineering, Brianna is a junior, graduating in May 2016. In her internship, Brianna created bedrock maps using seismic data to estimate movement of contaminated groundwater and built low-cost permeameter used to test the hydraulic conductivity of micro-porous sediments.
The Center for Career Development also awarded four honorable mentions; Lisa Maresca, a Communication major, for her work at TRCo Marketing, North America; Karen Sgarlato, a Marketing major, for her work at the Estee Lauder Companies, Tom Ford Beauty; Marya Fratoni, Communication and English double major, for her work with UConn Athletics; and Nicholas Tamburini, Duel-Degree in Turfgrass and Soil Science and Civil Engineering, for his work at TPC River Highlands Club.
The Intern of the Year award is open to all UConn undergraduates who complete an internship within a specific 12 month period.