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2019 Summer Internships Span Geography, Disciplines

CONWAY, Ark. (July 19, 2019) – More than 100 Hendrix College students are spending the summer of 2019 participating in internships through the Office of Career Services.

Just over half of the interns advised by the Office of Career Services have remained in Arkansas for the summer; others have fanned out to 16 states and the District of Columbia, or as far as the Galapagos Islands, Rwanda, and France. The summer opportunities to work with for-profit and nonprofit entities enable students to gain insight into fields as diverse as public health, film production, law, politics, faith communities, accounting, scientific research, economic development, and environmental sustainability.

“Securing an internship can influence a student’s career path like no other experience, and we’re thankful that a number of programs here on campus provide stipends for internships that would otherwise not offer compensation,” said Leigh Lassiter-Counts ’01, director of career services at Hendrix. “It makes accepting internships possible for many students who rely on summer income to provide for their expenses during the school year. We love having so many students exploring work that truly interests them.”

Victoria Chu ’20, a psychology major from Harrison, Ark., has a summer internship in the pottery studio at Holden Village in Chelan, Washington.

“My time at Holden Village has come with several new and interesting experiences, the least of which is learning how to teach ceramics to new and budding artists,” Chu said. “The ability to explore how I best teach and how others best learn has allowed me to really envision my life as an art therapist, working with young and old, as my future career.”

2019.07.19 Summer Internships2King.pngKennedy King ’20, an English-creative writing major from Hot Springs, Ark., spent two months based in Dallas working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

“I was able to participate in tasks that were directly related to the land acquisition process of large-scale federal works, in addition to receiving career advice from various members of counsel within the organization. This experience has provided me with a much more accurate representation of the pathways available to me as I look towards law school following my senior year at Hendrix,” King said.

Audrey Mutoni ’22, a biochemistry-molecular biology major, returned to her hometown of Kigali, Rwanda, for a summer internship with the National Reference Laboratory (NRL) of the Rwanda Biomedical Center.

“The main goal of the NRL is assessing Rwanda’s health standards. NRL sets policies for quality assurance and epidemic disease control for all laboratories in the country,” Mutoni said. “I am learning how NRL contributes to the nation’s health system by working in the lab and gaining connection with people involved in the biomedical field.”

“An internship offers an engaged learning opportunity that fits beautifully with the liberal arts experience,” said Tricia Burris ’94, the College’s coordinator of employment and internships. “In addition to what students learn at their various internship sites, they also receive academic and professional development support from our faculty and staff. Hendrix students leave these experiences with greater clarity about their educational and career goals — and with tools to help them make those plans a reality.”

About Hendrix College

A private liberal arts college in Conway, Arkansas, Hendrix College consistently earns recognition as one of the country’s leading liberal arts institutions, and is featured in Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges. Its academic quality and rigor, innovation, and value have established Hendrix as a fixture in numerous college guides, lists, and rankings. Founded in 1876, Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. To learn more, visit