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2018 Summer Internship Blogger Feature

Introducing the 2018 Summer Internship Bloggers!

Have you ever wondered what kinds of internships iSchool students take over the summer? Look no further than following our 2018 Summer Internship Bloggers.

Who are the summer internship bloggers? They’re are a group of undergraduate and graduate students from all iSchool programs who will share their unique experiences as they work over the summer. Let’s meet our 2018 bloggers!


Maya AlstonMaya Alston

Interning with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

Double major – B.S. in Information Management & Technology and Forensic Science

My name is Maya Alston. I’m a rising junior, double majoring in Information Management & Technology and Forensic Science with a minor in Global Security Studies.

I was born and raised in the Washington, D.C. area and attribute my interests in technology, law, national security and civil rights to the exposure this city offered while growing up. During my senior year of high school, I interned for the Maryland State General Assembly and fell in love with the idea of working toward policy change, on a local level.

My interest in law further developed during a two-week shadow with The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). Although both experiences varied, they allowed me to recognize fields I would like to pursue.

Because of these experiences, I wrote down a list of places I would like to work before the age of 40. On that list was The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). During my first semester at the iSchool, the FBI held an information meeting and I was immediately hooked. After gathering information about their Undergraduate Honors Internship Program, I applied and was accepted!

I began working the fall of 2017 and will continue throughout the summer, as well as the next two years of undergrad. My goal of interning with FBI was achieved before I expected and I look forward to where it will take me.


Radhika BhangeRadhika Bhange

Interning with Wayfair

M.S. in Information Management, C.A.S. in Data Science

My name is Radhika Bhange and I am a second year graduate student, pursuing my Masters in Information Management with a specialization in Data Science at the iSchool. I am also a faculty assistant under Professor Jeff Hemsley. I love connecting with people, hiking and traveling.

I will be working as a Software Engineer Intern at Wayfair, which is an e-commerce company that sells home goods and furniture. I will be a part of their Customer Intelligence and Ad Tech department, working on big data at scale and world-class ad tech to drive phenomenal growth in a multi-billion dollar business. My job will be real-time tracking and personalization to engage millions of shoppers daily.


Chris ChomickiChris Chomicki

Interning with Amazon

B.S. in Information Management & Technology, minor in Global Enterprise Technology and Computer Science

Chris Chomicki here, a rising senior in the iSchool studying Information Management & Technology with minors in Global Enterprise Technologies and Computer Science.

I’ve been on the Division 1 Cheerleading squad here at Syracuse University for 2 years now, so bleeding Orange is more than just a passion of mine. Other than that, I’m big into nutrition/fitness and try to get to the beach as much as I can!

My internship this summer is with Amazon in Seattle, WA at their world HQ. I’m a software development engineer intern working in the marketplace tech organization. This organization is responsible for developing the online shopping experience for both businesses and consumers that many of you have probably shopped on at Amazon.com. More than 50% of sales on Amazon.com come from businesses and third-party retailers, so there is no wonder why this organization is growing significantly.

The specific team I’m on handles the processing and calculation of fees for businesses that want to sell items on the Amazon Marketplace platform. If you’ve ever bought an item off Amazon, there’s a good chance my team’s work has impacted that! I’ve never been more excited to start working somewhere and to see where this new opportunity will bring me.

Time to get to work.


Abby HoustonAbby Houston

Interning with the Cincinnati Museum Center

M.S. in Library and Information Science, M.A. in Art History

Abby is entering her third year as an LIS student at the iSchool and an Art History M.A. student at the College of Arts and Sciences.

Throughout her first two years, she worked at the Special Collections Research Center and the Learning Commons in Bird Library and now primarily serves as a teaching assistant for HOA 105 and 106. In her spare time, Abby enjoys being in the sun and spending time with her two cats.

This summer, Abby will be interning at the Cincinnati Museum Center in Cincinnati, OH. Working with the audio-visual curator, she will be re-housing and organizing a large general photographic collection, creating an inventory and finding aid for a cased photograph collection, and doing other work as needed. She looks forward to further bridging her two degrees throughout the course of this internship.


Hairol MaHairol Ma

Interning with Slack

Dual Major in Information Management & Technology and Advertising

Hello from foggy San Francisco! My name is Hairol and I’m a rising senior studying Advertising and Information Management & Technology.

This summer I’ll be back home in the Bay Area working as a brand copywriting intern at Slack. Over the next twelve weeks I’ll be contributing to select campaigns, honing my understanding of the Slack voice, and trying every La Croix flavor in the company fridges.


Roger MerrillRoger Merrill

Interning with the Dewitt-Jamesville Community Library

M.S. in Telecommunications and Network Management ’03, M.S. in Library and Information Science

Roger Merrill is a long-time SU community member – staff and student. He has been the IT Director and now Assistant Dean for Technology and Facilities here at the iSchool.  If not at his desk in the office he is likely in the classroom. If not on campus he is home tending his sheep, making hay, building something, or scouting the forest.

This summer he is an intern at Dewitt-Jamesville Community Library (www.cldandj.org) in Dewitt, NY. The Library has just come through a building program and has recently moved into its brand new facility. It’s an exciting time to be a part and observe as the library and the community discover all the possibilities this gem has to offer.


Jezrel SabaduquiaJezrel Sabaduquia

Interning with Southwest Airlines

B.S. in Information Management & Technology

Jezrel (Jez) Sabaduquia is a rising senior at the School of Information Studies majoring in Information Management and Technology.

Originally born in the Philippines, Jez and his family moved to New York City in 2007 where he attended Aviation High School. He is passionate about travel and the airline industry. Recently, he studied abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark where he visited 21 new countries, upping his total count to 40 visited countries.

Editors note: You can learn more about Jez’s study abroad experience here.

This summer, Jez is working at Southwest Airlines in Dallas, Texas as a WiFi and Inflight Entertainment Intern in the marketing department. He is collaborating with a small but mighty team that manages the airline’s relationship with Internet service providers, ensures consistency, and evaluates performance.

In addition, the internship program includes a series of professional development events like a capstone project, networking opportunities, and lunch and learns. Jez is also excited about the travel privileges that come with the internship. He is already planning to visit cities like New Orleans, San Diego, Mexico City, and San Juan.


Emily SimensEmily Simens

Interning with the Federal Reserve Board

B.S. in Information Management & Technology

I’m a rising junior in the iSchool, from Hewlett, NY. In the past I’ve worked at Girls Who Code and ITS at SU. On campus I’m involved in Hillel, the Information Security Club, and the iSchool’s Peer Advisors

This summer I’m an IT Intern at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors in Washington, D.C. I’m on the Network Infrastructure team which works on things ranging from firewalls to data storage. I’m really excited to help them with coding along with learning all about networks.


Want to know more from the summer internship bloggers? Feel free to ask a question in the comments below!

Katie Rook

Katie Rook

Co-Editor of InfoSpace, Digital Content Manager for the Syracuse University iSchool, and staff advisor for BLISTS: Black and Latino Information Science and Technology Support.

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