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Matt.JPGDylan Matt, senior forensic science major 

Academic extern, Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation in London, Ohio 

Dylan Matt spent the summer of 2014 answering questions such as “can a person transfer DNA to another person by grabbing his or her wrist?” and “can DNA be transferred during the laundry process?” The senior forensic science major invested many hours in the trace lab of the Ohio Bureau of Criminial Investigation. 

He practiced identifying hairs and fibers using a comparison microscope and was trained to process cases of fracture matches in the way of professional forensic scientists. He helped to search and code a shoe tread database and learned how to collect oral and skin swabbings. Matt also performed a number of extractions and analyses of DNA, including the transfer by laundry and skin. He and a fellow extern co-authored papers outlining the results of the study. 

While at Waynesburg University, Matt has the opportunity to utilize professional instrumentation through experimentations and mock scenarios in his laboratory classes. These state-of-the-art instrumentation and tools include high and low power comparison microscopes, polarized light microscope and scanning electron microscope with energy dispersive spectroscopy, among others. Matt credits his experiences in his Waynesburg classes for preparing him for his internship. 

“I definitely learned a lot at Waynesburg University before going into this internship, and I also learned so much from this internship that will better prepare me for my future career,” Matt said. “I gained valuable knowledge and experience working in the field of forensic science. I also developed friendships and professional colleagues and experience working in a professional environment.”

 

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Phillips.jpgColin Philips, senior history and political science major

Public Liaison Intern, Ohio Governor’s Office in Columbus, Ohio 

When the Ohio Speaker of the House entered a meeting room in the Ohio Governor’s Office asking, “Who here goes to Waynesburg University?” Colin Philips proudly raised his hand.  

“My favorite experience was meeting with State Representative Batchelder, whose son also attends Waynesburg,” Philips said. “I had time to talk with him about Waynesburg University in front of the other interns.”

When he wasn’t meeting with prominent legislators and leaders, Philips helped with constituent affairs in the office. He handled data entry and organization of many large petitions and responded to constituent mail, all while gaining experience in a political office during a campaign year. 

Luckily, Philips is well-versed in Ohio politics as a result of last summer’s internship with Rep. Pat Tiberi from Ohio, as well as his many meetings, tours and classes as a Stover Scholar at Waynesburg. 

“My studies at Waynesburg, and especially the Stover Center, have provided me with knowledge of how one really makes an impact on those around them in a short period of time,” he said. “My studies allowed me to be knowledgeable with the things I worked on, while experiences with politicians through the Stover Center allowed me to see how to be most effective while in a political office.”

The Stover Center for Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership is an interdisciplinary scholarly center dedicated to bringing insights from the U.S. Constitution’s Founding Era and from Christianity to bear in the contemporary public square. Stover Scholars have outstanding opportunities to broaden their horizons and to deepen their understanding – from meetings with politicians such as U.S. Senator Bob Casey and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia to internships on Capitol Hill. 

 

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Tonks.jpgRJ Tonks, senior junior sports management major and marketing minor

Intern, Carrick Brain Centers in Marietta, Ga. 

When considering internship possibilities, RJ Tonks found a way to combine his passion for athletics and marketing with a very personal passion for health and rehabilitation. Tonks, who suffers from a rare virus that affects his hand eye coordination, mobility, speech, balance and fine motor skills, chose an organization he knows very well, Carrick Brain Centers. The Centers have treated his condition for the past three years and have dramatically improved the symptoms. 

He spoke with Dr. Ted Carrick, chief of Functional Neurology at the centers, about applying for an internship with the place that changed his life. Not only did he assist with the marketing activities of the Center, but Tonks also received rehabilitation treatments throughout the summer. 

As an intern, he happily shared his story with potential patients, distributed marketing materials to current patients, scheduled patients' appointments, filed paperwork and patient files and ran notes to doctors.  

“Waynesburg University helped me to be professional in an office setting and in compiling marketing materials,” he said. “The mission of the University guided me in my interactions with patients. Aside from gaining a bunch of knowledge about marketing, I'm even more compassionate towards individuals with disabilities.”  

 

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Giuliani.jpgHayden Giuliani, senior athletic training major  

Intern, Pro Performance RX in Morgantown, W.Va. 

Hayden Giuliani’s summer internship with Pro Performance RX, a regional leader for fitness training, sport training, rehabilitation and overall health training, was a natural fit. After observing there as part of her Waynesburg University athletic training clinical rotation, she proved to the training staff that she could succeed in a summer setting as well. 

“Being able to put a client through a workout on my own and see her progress from week to week was the best part,” Giuliani said. “It felt like I had proven myself, and all the work was worth it.”

Giuliani, who serves as the vice president of Waynesburg’s Athletic Training Student Association and who plays varsity basketball and participates in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, said that she entered the internship with a “very good foundation of knowledge” on strength and conditioning.

“Being an athletic training major gives me a step above exercise science majors at other colleges in some ways, because I must learn more about how the total body works and what can affect it,” she said. “I ended up making a name for myself with all the trainers and stood the test of being independent as a trainer, which was extremely encouraging and beneficial to my future.” 

 

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Ferko-2.jpgRobin Ferko, senior forensic science major

Intern, Allegheny County Fire Marshal in Pittsburgh, Pa. 

After a fire has struck a home, it is up to the county’s fire marshal to visit the scene, investigate the damage and determine the cause of the fire. Most people may find this job intimidating, but Robin Ferko finds it thrilling. 

Ferko spent her summer months as an intern for the Allegheny County Fire Marshal in Pittsburgh, Pa. A senior forensic science major, Ferko found herself applying what she had learned from Waynesburg University into her everyday duties and responsibilities. As an intern, Ferko was on constant call in case of a fire emergency. 

In one case, Ferko and the team found evidence of arson. 

“Someone got arrested based on the evidence we collected,” she said. “It was amazing to be able to contribute in that way and see my work make a difference.”

When arriving at a scene, she examined the buildings affected by fires to detect fire hazards and ensure that federal, state and local fire codes were met. As an investigator, she helped to determine the origin and cause of fires by digging through debris, taking photographs and sketching out the scene. 

“It is one thing to have mock crime scenes and practice at school, but it is another to actually put the tape on and collect evidence that will go to the lab,” said Ferko. “My studies at Waynesburg University definitely prepared me for the fire scenes I encountered.” 

 

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