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NIU selects Internship/ Co-Op Students of the Year

Published: Tuesday, April 27, 2010 7:07 p.m. CDT

Northern Illinois University Career Services has announced the recipients of the Internship/Co-op Student of the Year Gold, Silver and Bronze scholarship awards for 2009. NIU students Linda Huber, Cesar Bonilla and Megan McCarthy were honored at an awards ceremony on April 9. Target Stores and Tegrant (Alloyd Brands) donated the scholarship funds for 2009.

Career Services established the Student of the Month and Student of the Year awards to recognize outstanding internship/co-op students for excellence in applying their academic training in an internship or cooperative education setting.

Linda Huber, a psychology major, is the Gold Student of the Year recipient. Huber interned with the Prairie Clinic in Geneva as a support staff intern.

“Through this internship, my goal of becoming a clinical psychologist was reinforced,” Huber said in a news release. “It increased my desire to help educate individuals about autism. Direct contact with children diagnosed with ASD helped to further educate me about this disorder. I feel that working with Dr. Wahlberg has given me valuable experience that I might never have encountered in an academic setting.”

Silver Student of the Year award recipient Cesar Bonilla, an accountancy major, completed a Talent Development Program internship with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in Chicago.

“Overall, I feel that my academic studies helped me be successful during this internship,” Bonilla said in the release. “Through this internship, I have decided that I want to pursue a career in tax within public accounting because I feel that is where my skill set can really bring value to a public accounting firm.”

Megan McCarthy, an English major, is the Bronze Student of the Year award recipient. She interned with the village of Clarendon Hills. McCarthy also had a second internship with the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders in Naperville.

“My internship with the village of Clarendon Hills allowed me to apply my knowledge of proper writing concepts to completing their Narrative Analysis of the 2009 Community Needs Survey,” McCarthy said in the release. “Not only has the internship experience given me the confidence that I can accomplish my career goals, but I now have the professional work experience that companies look for when hiring new employees.”

For more information regarding these awards, as well as other programs offered by Career Services to students and employers, call 815-753-1641 or visit www.niu.edu/careerservices.

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