CELS Fellows Program
Student advisers help with the internship and job search process. The CELS Fellows program provides a highly trained paraprofessional student staff to augment the services of the professional CELS advisers. The student staff's expertise includes ePortfolio development as well as resumé and cover letter critique. CELS Fellows assist at all workshops and they are available for individual appointments. Are you a current Connecticut College student interested in becoming a CELS Fellow? Talk to your CELS Adviser.
Michael Amato '16
Junior CELS Fellow from Manchester, Conn. History major, minor in economics
Mike studied away at ISI Palazzo Rucellai in Florence, Italy, last fall. Around campus, Mike is part of the History Student Advisory Board, takes music lessons in double bass, and has played in the Jazz Ensemble, Bass Ensemble and Chamber Orchestra. He is also an active member of student music in MOBROC, performing regularly with his on-campus band. Post graduation, he is looking at law schools.
Drew Andre '16
Junior CELS Fellow from Concord, Mass. Music and technology major, minor in ethnobotany, scholar in the Ammerman Center for Arts and Technology
A junior studying Music and Technology through the Ammerman Center for Arts and Technology, Drew is a passionate musician and an experienced audio technician. In the fall of 2014, Drew’s funk/rock band, “Montreal Protocol,” performed with the school president, Katherine Bergeron, and her husband, Butch Rovan of Brown University’s music department, for members of the student body, faculty, and staff. Drew also sings in “Co Co Beaux,” an all-male a cappella group, and spent the summer of 2014 singing with the “Vineyard Sound” — an a cappella group based out of Martha’s Vineyard. Some of Drew’s favorite activities include frisbee on the green, exploring the depths of the arboretum, and free styling in his home studio, located in his room in Windham. This summer Drew is planning on interning for a theater company through the CELS Funded Internship program and hopes to expand his knowledge of audio engineering and performance production.
Shelby Bourgault '15
Senior CELS fellow from Old Orchard Beach, Maine Double major in international relations and East Asian studies, with a focus on U.S. foreign policy toward China
In 2013, Shelby completed two semesters studying intensive Mandarin Chinese at the Beijing Institute of Education. Her experience abroad has given her great cultural insight, and she hopes to visit China again this summer. Since her first year on campus, Shelby has been involved with Slavery Ends Today, an anti-human trafficking student organization, and has been treasurer of the club for the last three years. Shelby completed her CELS-funded internship at CET Academic Programs, a study abroad company, where she helped prepare students for their semesters abroad.
Natalie Calhoun '16
Junior CELS Fellow from San Francisco, Calif. Double major in environmental studies and government
A scholar in the Goodwin-Niering Center for the Environment (GNCE), Natalie is preparing a senior integrative project on municipal solid waste reduction strategies as well as the waste stream at Connecticut College. She is a three-year varsity member of the women’s rowing team and enjoys spending time out on the Thames River. Last summer she completed a twelve-week internship with waste resource management company Recology Inc., in Portland, Oregon, where she worked in the government relations office researching business growth opportunities and collecting best industry practices. In her free time, Natalie plays the ukulele and writes fiction.
Aleksandr Chandra '16
Junior CELS Fellow from Milford, Conn. Double major in psychology and English
A scholar in the Holleran Center for Community Action and Public Policy (PICA), Alek’s current area of interest is the transformation of the Indian home as an agent for generational polarization. Alek internationalized his education by spending a semester abroad in Delhi, India, where he studied both Industrial/Organizational Psychology and Child and Adolescent Development. This past summer he completed an internship at the Positive Emotion and Psychopathology Laboratory at Yale University. On campus, Alek is a Holleran Center Fellow and is the manager of the Sages & Seekers® intergenerational contact program in New London, Connecticut. He works in the Office of Student Life and enjoys participating in the annual Eclipse show on campus. Post graduation, Alek hopes to attend graduate school for cultural psychology.
Kaitlyn Crescencia '15
Senior CELS Fellow from New Providence, New Jersey Economics major, minor in government
Kaitlyn dedicates much of her time to the women’s basketball team at Connecticut College as a fourth-year varsity member and is also a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee. In Summer 2014, Kaitlyn completed her CELS-funded internship with the New Jersey Panthers as a coach for the AAU organization. After graduation she hopes to pursue her passion for coaching at the Division I level.
Cassie Desjourdy '15
Senior CELS Fellow from Medfield, Mass. Double major in psychology and English
A scholar in the Holleran Center for Community Action and Public Policy (PICA), Cassie studies the effects of race and socioeconomic status on referrals to special education services. On campus Cassie is a peer educator in PEeps and also serves on the executive board for the Psi Chi Psychology Honors Society. She studied for a semester in Copenhagen, Denmark. Last summer Cassie completed her CELS-funded internship at the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office and hopes to pursue a career in law after graduation.
Julia Goldman '15
Senior CELS Fellow from New Rochelle, New York Major in government, minor in environmental studies
A scholar in the Holleran Center for Community Action and Public Policy (PICA), Julia's current area of interest is in integrating healthy and sustainable food into American public schools. This past summer, Julia was an Education Programs Intern at Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture. She is working as a senior fellow in the Office of Sustainability for the New London County Food Policy Council. On campus, she is also the Co-Chair of Sustainability for SGA. Julia studied abroad for a semester in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Cameron Johnson '15
Senior CELS Fellow from Westford, Mass. Biochemistry major, minor in government.
Cam is the chair of the Chemistry Student Advisory Board and the president of the Pre-Health Club, as he is an aspiring surgeon. He spent the summer after his sophomore year working in a urological cancer research lab at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. In the summer after his junior year, he worked in an Interventional Radiology operating room at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, New York, for the University of Rochester Medical Center. Outside of the classroom, Cam spends a great deal of time in the pool, swimming for Connecticut College’s nationally ranked varsity swim team. He is a three-time Academic All-American and is also a NESCAC champion. Along with swimming, he plays intramural soccer and is an avid golfer.
Anthony Kwak '16
Junior CELS Fellow from Chicago, Ill. Sociology major, minor in psychology
As a sociology major and psychology minor, Anthony holds multiple leadership roles on campus including being a Posse scholar and the president of the sociology department's Student Advisory Board. He is involved with Unity House, the multicultural center on campus, as a “Big Sib” and mentor to first generation college students. He is also involved in the Men of Color Alliance to support men of color on campus. He serves with a perpetual smile, as a driver and coordinator for the Office of Volunteers for Community Service (OVCS) and enjoys playing basketball and volleyball. During his summers at home in Chicago, Anthony has worked at a bank to recruiting firms and last summer worked at an executive search firm as a recruiting department intern. After graduating Anthony hopes to pursue a career in human resources and attend graduate school for business.
Gabriela Lopez '15
Senior CELS Fellow from Bronx, New York Behavioral neuroscience major, member of the Science Leaders Program
Gaby has been involved in various Connecticut College health, service and multicultural-based organizations such as the Pre-Health Club, Habitat for Humanity, and Unity House-affiliated programs. She also works in the Office of Admission as a Senior Admission Fellow and Admission Ambassador. Throughout her college summers, Gaby has interned at various hospitals and conducted behavioral research in the Jackson Laboratory. She is a student researcher in the behavioral neuroscience department. For her CELS-funded Internship, Gaby went to San Jose, Costa Rica, to volunteer at the Hospital Nacional de Niños, Costa Rica's national children's hospital. Alongside the children's hospital, she also volunteered in El Hogar San Pedro Claver, a nursing home providing medical services as well as physical and occupational therapy. Gaby is currently applying to medical schools to conduct biomedical research as a research assistant for two years. She then hopes to attend graduate school to pursue a Ph.D. in Neuroscience.
Jenna Pittleman '15
Senior CELS fellow from Weston, Conn. Psychology major, with a focus in sports psychology, minor in Hispanic studies
Many of Jenna's experiences on and off campus have been a result of her central interest in sports. On campus, Jenna is the Connecticut College Women’s Basketball manager while also focusing her psychology major with an eye towards sports psychology. Interested in combining her interests, Jenna studied abroad in Seville, Spain, in Fall 2013 and was selected for a bilingual sports psychology internship with the World Congress of Sports Psychology. When Jenna returned back to Connecticut College, she shifted her interest to sports business and landed a summer internship at Manhattan Sports Business Academy (MSBA) in New York City. Jenna continues to work remotely for MSBA and will be moving to New York City after graduation to work full time.
Alexa Rothenberg '16
Junior CELS Fellow from Westfield, New Jersey Sociology major, double minor in economics and U.S. government and politics
Allie just returned from spending her Fall 2014 semester studying abroad at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. This past summer, she interned at a financial services firm, Depository Trust & Clearing Company, in the Global Operations and Client Services department. On campus, she volunteers as a community gardner at FRESH New London. After graduation, Allie plans to spend a few years experiencing the working world and then attend law school.
Leah Swinson '16
Senior CELS Fellow from Rowley, Mass. History major, minor in Latin American Studies
As a scholar in the Holleran Center for Community Action and Public Policy (PICA), Leah studied abroad via the SIT Chile: Comparative Education and Social Change program during the spring of 2014. That summer, she returned to the Ipswich Museum where she had prior experience conducting research on the history of the local public schools, which was funded by a grant from the Mellon Foundation. As an education intern in 2014, she implemented educational arts workshops for local children and assisted in the development process for a new summer arts program to debut in the summer of 2015. When not writing her honors thesis, Leah also writes for The College Voice, the on-campus student newspaper. After graduation, Leah intends to continue her work with museums and other cultural organizations before attending graduate school.