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b2ap3_thumbnail_Cochran_20141205-150814_1.jpgIsaiah Cochran, senior biology (pre-med) major

Catalyst SCRPT intern at Harvard University in Boston, Mass.

Isaiah Cochran spent the summer of 2014 interning at an institution where many scholars dream to study and research. The senior pre-med major gained both research and hands-on experience as a Catalyst SCRPT intern at Harvard University. 

Cochran worked mostly in the laboratory alongside Dr. Charles Nelson, a cognitive neuroscience professor, where he studied the 4:1 male to female ratio seen in neurological disorders. In addition, he assisted with clinical observations in regards to Autism Spectrum Disorder, completed a biostatistics course and shadowed physicians. 

Cochran, who interned at Yale University in the summer of 2013, attributes much of his success and the opportunities presented to him to Waynesburg University. 

“I have learned so much at Waynesburg. The professors give us a support system. They know you and they know what will make you successful,” Cochran said. “I have had this fire in me to change the world since I was in eighth grade. With the opportunities that I have been given, I know that it is just a matter of time before I do.”

 

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Joshuah Dains, senior business management major

North America accounting/finance intern at Mylan, Inc., in Morgantown, W. Va.

When Joshuah Dains was searching for internship opportunities last winter, he was not only looking for an organization that had a great global reputation, but also a place where he could make a difference in people’s lives. Dains was able to accomplish this at Mylan, Inc., in Morgantown, W. Va.

As an accounting/finance intern, he worked with the Existing Product Forecasting Department. Throughout his internship, Dains met with various departments within the organization to collect data, created reports to send to end users and performed the economic forecast for the coming quarter. 

In addition, Dains and another intern were given the responsibility to work with a Mylan product and improve its performance in the public’s eye. 

“The finance team assigned us a product to research, analyze data and make a recommendation on what we would do with this product in the future to increase sales,” said Dains. “This project gave me the ability to reach out to different departments and really get an in-depth look at what it takes to sell a successful pharmaceutical product.” 

Through his internship at Mylan, the current president of Waynesburg’s Student Senate learned how to incorporate his faith into his work in the corporate setting. Dains is now confident in expressing his faith in any situation.

“Before my internship began, I researched the attributes of a Christian businessman to figure out what it would take to carry my faith into the professional work place,” said Dains. “Now that my internship experience is completed, I can approach any work with earnest, knowing that the decisions I make at work further enhance my personal faith and what I have learned in classes.” 

 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Feldner.jpgLuke Feldner, senior forensic accounting major

Assurance intern at Ernst & Young in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Most hours of an accounting internship are spent behind a desk, possibly within a cubicle, in an office completing various tasks. However, Luke Feldner’s internship at Ernst & Young in Pittsburgh, Pa., allowed him to gain experience outside of the office as well by traveling to the “happiest place on Earth”: Walt Disney World. 

Feldner traveled to Orlando, Fla., to attend the International Intern Leadership Conference that Ernst & Young hosts annually for its interns around the world. During the weeklong conference, Feldner listened to speakers and attended workshops where he gained invaluable knowledge as an accounting pre-professional. 

In Pittsburgh, where he spent the majority of his internship, Feldner was assigned to audit teams for various corporate clients. He traveled with Ernst & Young employees to the clients’ headquarters to review their public financial statements for accuracy and reasonableness in accordance with a year-end audit. Some of the clients Feldner worked with include: American Eagle Outfitters, Inc., Rice Energy, Inc., Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies (Wabtec) and Westinghouse Electric Company. 

Feldner says that his internship “exceeded his expectations.” He acknowledges God, his classes and co-curricular activities at Waynesburg University for his rewarding time as an intern. 

“I felt prepared to work with audit teams due to the team aspect of the cross country and track and field teams I am a member of, as well as the knowledge I learned in the classroom,” said Feldner. “God granted me the opportunity to take a tremendous leap of faith. Through it, God never let me fall.” 

 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Rearick.JPGCorey Rearick, 2013

Medical student at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in Pittsburgh, Pa.

After graduating from Waynesburg University with a degree in biology (pre-med) and a minor in chemistry, Corey Rearick spent the next few months studying for the Medical College Admission Test in order to be accepted into medical school. While working a shift as a pharmacy technician at a local pharmacy, Rearick learned he had been accepted into the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, where he recently started graduate classes in August.

While a student at Waynesburg, Rearick was selected from more than 1,000 students to be part of the Mayo Clinic’s student research fellowship program. The Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit medical practice and medical research group that was recently voted the third best hospital in the United States. 

After his experiences at both the Mayo Clinic and Waynesburg, Rearick is confident he wants to do something with scientific research as a career one day. Rearick attributes Waynesburg University for leading him down the correct path to become a successful researcher. 

“I think the biggest opportunity Waynesburg afforded me was in research,” said Rearick. “It was during my research at Waynesburg that I fell in love with discovery. It started as something I was doing for my résumé and turned into something I want to do for the rest of my life.”

 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Brett-Gage.jpgBrett Gage, 2011

Physician assistant (PA-C) internist at Monongalia General Hospital in Morgantown, W. Va.

After spending five weeks at Monongalia General Hospital doing surgery rotations, Brett Gage worked up the courage to ask the physician if the hospital was hiring physician assistants. Gage received the answer he was hoping to hear.

Gage, a 2011 Waynesburg University graduate with a degree in forensic science, soon transitioned from observing and assisting in surgery rotations to becoming a physician assistant (PA-C) internist at Monongalia General. As an internist, Gage examines patients, diagnoses injuries and provides treatment for illnesses and infections.

“There is just something so magical about being able to help someone by removing a sick gallbladder or a piece of colon that is stricken by cancer,” said Gage. “Surgery is not just about cutting someone open and fixing them. You have to be able to manage them postoperatively through the use of medicine. That is why I have chosen to be in this field.”

Gage, who recently graduated with a Master of Science degree in physician assistant studies from Marietta College, credits Waynesburg University for preparing him for graduate school as well as the real-life experiences he encounters in the hospital.

 

“I believe a combination of both my classes and professors that I encountered during my time at Waynesburg contributed to my success in graduate school and the work force,” said Gage. “I have to give credit to my professors for encouraging and helping me realize my potential to succeed and figure out how to learn on my own through research and reading.”

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