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Student Success Stories

Meet some Dominican students who have participated in our for-credit academic Internship Program with businesses, non-profit organizations and governmental agencies throughout the Bay Area.
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Dana Blaine - Communications Major 

Dana is what we call a ‘superstar intern’. She participated in three meaningful internships throughout her academic program at Dominican and highly recommends that students complete more than just one internship, if possible. During her internship at Comcast SportsNet, she developed marketing skills, learned about public relations and was exposed a lot of sports content. This opportunity provided practical work experience in an area she loves. She recently accepted and started a new position as Associate Account Manager for a digital advertising and marketing agency in Marin County. She also plans to start DU's MBA program in Spring 2015. Dana has a well-rounded set of skills which, in addition to marketing and public relations, includes social media, graphic design and communication. 

 

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MeKenna Olsen - Communications Major

Mekenna is a natural networker and has been able to leverage her relationship-building skills both inside and outside the classroom. She gains value from her understanding of her sense of self and her relationship-building skills, particularly when she took a career exploration course where she discovered her passion for creativity and digital design prompting her to major in Communications. These discoveries contributed to her success as both an intern and employee at Chase Bank where she learned how to be flexible in a business setting while also meeting goals and balancing work/life. She received great support from her advisors and professors Brad Van Alstyne, Lise Stampfli, Gay Lynch and Frankie Frost to name a few. Much can be learned from Mekenna’s experiences.

 

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Leeanne Obilor - Biology Major 

Leeanne has always loved science and people. As a biology student, it is no surprise she pursued an internship with Santa Clara Valley Medical. During this 3-month internship, she gained some practical training including observing a surgical procedure, the first intrusive care where she didn't feel sick. She also had the opportunity to sit in on appointments and check-ups and communicate with patients, her favorite aspect of the internship. Leeanne's career goal is to go to medical school and pursue a profession in Pediatrics. She attributes her motivation to her relationships with Dominican's faculty and staff.

 

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Rachel Castro - Art History Major

As an archive intern at the Civic Center, Rachel was able to explore and hone in on an area she had always been drawn to. Her internship challenged her, helped her learn about herself and what a real work scenario is like. One of Rachel's greatest accomplishments during the internship was archiving 500 maps! Additionally, this internship further developed her research skills and sparked her interest in graduate school.

 

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Mellyna Romo - Business Major

Mellyna sees the value in maintaining good relationships with both academic and professional contacts and advises students to be more active on LinkedIn during their job search. She graduated with a degree in Business with a concentration in Marketing and gained valuable field experience during her internship with H&M. Mellyna is always up for a challenge and thrives when she takes on a lot of responsibilities. In fact, she now enjoys a Marketing Coordinator position for Alaniz Marketing. Her hard work and success at college has paid off. She strives to learn and grow with the motto, be happy but never satisfied.

 

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Brandi Tacdol - Biology Major

After taking on a couple of internships, Brandi found her true passion - making a difference in other people's lives, lifestyles and health choices. Many factors guided her in her decision to pursue the field of pharmacy, including her internship with Ross Valley Compounding Pharmacy. Brandi was very successful there and offered a position as a Pharmacy Technician, which she gladly accepted. The motivation for pursuing her passion was inspired by her mother, and Dominican alumni. Brandi plans on applying to Pharmacy school and hopes to become a Pharmacist in the near future.

 


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