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Biology Major Has Had Two Internships
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Efrosine NikolaouEfrosine Nikolaou, a senior biology major, interned last year at St. Barnabas Children's Hospital in the Child Life Department, helping children feel comfortable with the hospital experience. She says, "Having a hands-on internship at St. Barnabas Children's Hospital was one of the best experiences that I have had".

To minimize the fear of hospitalization and reduce the stress associated with illness, she addressed the emotional and developmental needs of hospitalized children. "I played games and showed them their procedures with dolls so that they weren't scared." The relaxed and comfortable environment, and trusting relationships built with the patients was an important part of the intern experience. "I helped children maintain positive self-esteem,and assisted with their development of motor, intellectual, social and emotional skills."

Efrosine also helped with non-medical needs. Working with children, she learned that play is an important component of development and serves as a universal form of communication. "Each stage of development is different. Children who experience hospitalization need to continue their development and socialization through play, but it needs to be manipulated, due to the change of environment."

Efrosine's second intern experience was at Quantex Laboratory, a leading contract laboratory with over 20 years in the pharmaceutical, medical device, personal care product and cosmetic industry. She trained at the side of established chemists for several weeks and eventually ran experiments with state of the art equipment in the areas of chromatography, spectroscopy, titrimetry and physio-chemistry.

Efrosine encourages students to intern in an area in which they can see themselves in the future. She says that "an internship in the field that students are studying can help them decide what they want to do with their career." Taking full advantage of a unique set of internships, Efrosine has advanced in her career decision process.

For more information please contact:
Reesa Greenwald
(973) 275-2828
reesa.greenwald@shu.edu

 

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