Senior Project Offers Seniors Real-World Career Experience

On Friday, May 27, the Class of 2022 completed their three-week Senior Project internships at numerous organizations throughout the area. To culminate this graduation requirement, the students submitted a reflection paper which discussed topics such as how the internship was beneficial, what the student learned about herself, and why Senior Project is important.

The seniors began their preparations for Senior Project in early January by contacting potential sponsors and securing a site. Throughout the winter and early spring, each student had regular communication with their Senior Project site sponsor to discuss the types of work that would take place, planning the schedule, and completing any prerequisite requirements of the organization. All seniors work with a Holy Cross faculty/staff mentor and the program is coordinated by Senior Project Moderator Jean Cotter. This is the first year since the start of the pandemic that Senior Project internships took place fully in-person.

To conclude the internship, six seniors gave a presentation about their Senior Project experience at an all-school assembly on Friday, May 27. The presenters were: Cheyenne DeGross ’22, who interned at WJLA-7 with meteorologist (and Holy Cross alumna) Eileen Whelan ’05; Brennan Flynn ’22, who interned at Pediatric Associates of Alexandria; Kate Mason ’22, who interned at Fairfax County Forensics; Sydney Nolan ’22, who interned at The Children’s Guild DC PCA; Florence Sandbloom ’22, who interned at The Mitre Corporation, Adaugo Ume ’22, who interned at George Washington University Chemistry Department. In addition to sharing about their work, each offered advice to the students for navigating challenges they might encounter.

Senior Project has been a signature program of the Holy Cross educational experience since 1973.

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