Biology majors at The College of New Rochelle have completed internships throughout the area, and in a range of fields: camps, parks, industry, government agencies, hospitals, aquariums, research institutions, and more.

Blanca Paccha SAS’08

In the summer of 2005, Blanca interned at the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk, Conn., working in the Animal Husbandry and Education departments. She helped prepare food for marine animals, conducted water quality testing, and maintained tanks. She also helped translate the tour brochure into Spanish.

“Both departments provided me a wonderful experience! It helped me to learn more about marine life, to become more aware of certain environmental issues, and led me to discover that the strange-looking horseshoe crab is neither scary nor harmful, but rather beneficial to both the pharmaceutical and medical communities.

This internship was unique and interesting. I might pursue a career in education since I enjoyed that part of the experience the most. My internship at the Aquarium helped me figure out what I might want to do for the rest of my life.”


Rose Wardell SAS’07

rose wardellRose interned with Cattus Island County Park in Toms River, N.J., in the summer of 2006. She led programs for the public, including nature walks in the salt marsh and talks about the snakes and turtles on display at the visitors center.

She also created a brochure on the reptiles and amphibians of Ocean County, N.J.

Lacy Ann Landell SAS’06

lacy-ann-landellLacy Ann, a double major in Biology and Chemistry, graduated summa cum laude. In the summer of 2004, she interned at the American Museum of Natural History, working on a project titled, “Towards a Phylogeny of the Family Vibrionaceae Based on Non-Horizontally Transferred Genes.”

During the eleven-week program, I spent 45-50 hours per week working in the Molecular Systematics Laboratory in Dr. Rob DeSalle’s microbiology group. I worked most directly with Dr. Melanie Harasym, who has worked with this group since her sabbatical in January 2003. The project involved building a family tree showing the evolutionary relatedness of bacteria in the family Vibrionaceae, a group of organisms that includes the agent of cholera.

This experience was a new and exciting opportunity in which I was able to learn modern laboratory protocols, work with scientists, graduate and undergraduate students, and experience first-hand what graduate school could be like. The experience was so wonderful that I continued working on the project on Fridays throughout the academic year. The project has been very productive and we hope to publish in the near future.


Giau Nguyen SAS’05

In the summer of 2005, Giau was a REU intern in Dr. C. Kao’s lab at Texas A&M University. Her project was titled, “Visualization of Fluorescent Brome Mosaic Virus RNA3 in an In-vivo Environment.”

During my stay at Texas, I worked with a plant virus called Brome Mosaic Virus. In recent years, this virus has become a model system for positive strand RNA viruses.

The internship was a rewarding experience because it was my first time being exposed to scientific research on a larger scale. Within one lab there were at least 4-5 large scale projects going on. It was definately an “action-packed” environment for science majors.

Secondly, I was very amazed to see how these scientists were so dedicated to their work. The Post-doc that I worked under spent at least 12 hours a day in the lab during weekdays, and he was always in the lab on the weekends as well. Through this internship I found out that the lab is where I want to be in the future.

Giau graduated magna cum laude with a double major in Biology and Chemistry.


Cindy Bastien SAS’05

In the summer of 2004, Cindy worked as a research assistant at St. Francis College investigating the use of cranberry juice to eliminate a Simian rotavirus. The groundbreaking project was presented at an American Society for Microbiology meeting. In 2005, Cindy was an intern at the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, researching first-time donors.

The double major in Biology and International Studies also minored in Chemistry and graduated summa cum laude.


Other recent internship sites

  • Delaware Outdoor Adventure Center, Connecticut
  • Moose Hill Wild Sanctuary, Massachusetts
  • Cytec Industries, Inc., Stamford, Conn.
  • Environmental Protection Agency Region II Laboratory, Edison, N.J.
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, March of Dimes, New York
  • Sound Shore Medical Center, New York
  • Island Beach State Park, New Jersey
  • American Museum of Natural History, New York
  • Center for Urban Environmental Research and Education, Maryland
  • Baltimore Ecological Studies (BES), Maryland
  • Harvard University School of Public Health, Massachusetts
  • Institute of Ecosystem Studies, New York
  • Texas A&M University