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Discussion Centered on the Importance of Internships in Post-Graduate Education and Employment

Albertus Magnus College hosted a professional development day on Experiential Education at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo on Friday, October 20. Created for guidance counselors and other education professionals, the group was addressed by Sean Michael Green, vice president of Enrollment Management, Patrick Clifford, director of Career Services, Wiley Dawson, Internship and Career counselor, and Devon DeLallo, a Veterinary Medicine student at the University of Wisconsin—Madison.

As an example of a student who utilized this education concept to advance her studies, Devon DeLallo, an alumna of the Albertus Magnus class of 2017, leveraged internships at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo to earn admission into multiple doctoral programs in Veterinary Medicine. DeLallo graduated with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Chemistry, and is currently a first year student at the University of Wisconsin—Madison, School of Veterinary Medicine.

DeLallo interned for six animal-related organizations: Maritime Aquarium, Roxbury Animal Clinic, Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, Milford Animal Hospital, Yale University Department of Comparative Medicine, and Albertus Magnus College Research. She credits her extensive resume as well as her lab research work at Yale for her multiple acceptances to veterinary schools.

 “(College is) a lot of books and a lot of sitting down. I didn’t enjoy it until I discovered experiential opportunities, “ said Sean-Michael Green, vice president for enrollment management at Albertus Magnus and president of the board of directors at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo. After a stint in the Marine Corps., he went on to earn nine degrees, two of them in law. He has been both a student “with a deep intellectural curiosity,” and a professor.  He emphasized the importance of internships, study abroad, service learning, job shadowing and research to engage students and provide important experience to help shape their educational experience.

Statistics shared by the college:

  • 65% of students today will hold jobs that haven’t yet been created.
  • Students on average will hold 10 jobs before the age of 40.
  • Young people change jobs an average of four times in their first decade out of college.

Applying for an Internship at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo:

Internships are available in Animal Care, Education Programming, and Conservation & Horticultural Departments. You must be at least 18 years old, an enrolled college student, a graduate student, or a recent graduate (having graduated within two years.) Prospective interns should expect an application and interview. Prospective interns must also successfully pass a shadow day to be considered for the program. Internships are available throughout the year. Internships are unpaid; however, you may work out credit options with your college. For further information, contact Tracy Benham at tbenham@beardsleyzoo.org, or call 203-330-6046.

About Albertus Magnus College:

Albertus Magnus College, founded in 1925, is a Catholic College in the Dominican Tradition.  Built on a foundation in the liberal arts, the College offers 50 undergraduate programs and 11 graduate programs; it has an enrollment of 1,500 women and men. Albertus Magnus College provides an education that promotes the search for truth in all its dimensions and is practical in its application. Learn more at albertus.edu.