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Career Development Center Hosts Annual Internship Essay Contest

Published: June 15, 2012

CSULB’s Career Development Center Internship Program recently hosted its 30th annual Internship Essay Contest Reception.

Each year the event recognizes contestants, one finalist from each of the seven academic colleges, and the university-wide winner. Contestants participated in an internship during 2011-12 and submitted an essay explaining how the internship impacted their career decision. College finalists received a certificate and a $500 award and the university-wide winner received a plaque and an additional $500 award.

Faculty and staff from across the campus judged the essays, including Donald Reish, Duane Jackson, Keith Fulthorp, Richard Haesly, Angela Locks, Elaine Touch and Peggy Murphy Hayden.

Finalists were:
• Daniel Becerra from the College of Business Administration, who interned at Un Faro de Luz;

• Navid Borjian from the College of Engineering, who interned at the Port of Los Angeles;

• Charelene Lou from the College of Education who interned at True Jesus Church, Dansui Branch (Taipei, Taiwan);

• Julie Huning from the College of Liberal Arts, who interned at Debra Bowen for Congress;

• Trisha Chan from the College of the Arts, who interned at Universal Music Ltd., Hong Kong;

• Christina Nguyen from the College of Health and Human Services, who interned Hoag Hospital through the Clinical Care Extender Program; and

• Natasha Jackson from the College of Natural Science and Mathematics, who interned at UC Irvine as a Stem Cell Research Intern with the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM).

Jackson also was the university-wide winner and the second person selected from the CIRM internship, which is part of CSULB’s Biotechnology Certificate program directed by Biological Sciences Professor Lisa Klig.

This year the Internship Essay Contest Reception included a corporate partner appreciation segment which recognized the following for their direct contributions and continued support of the Career Development Center: Sherron Hawkins from Enterprise Holdings, Chantal Shillingford from Kohl’s, Mikysha Tolbert from Northrop Grumman, and Sarinna Chavez from Southern Wine and Spirits.

–Erin Booth-Caro