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William F. Connell School of Nursing

Students to benefit from summer internships

Connell News



CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. (May 2014) --

As the end of the semester looms — the summer job search is in full swing. For many students, that will mean exploring the possibilities of summer internships.

Six students from the William F. Connell School of Nursing have been given an opportunity to pursue their nursing interests with the help of summer internships — made possible by donor Fred Flynn, who said he has long had a vision of establishing an oncology nursing internship program with the school of nursing.

Flynn said he modeled his pilot program after the renowned Carl Ghiloni Oncology Nursing Fellowship program at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA. As a result, he said, this summer he will sponsor a total of 11 interns — including six from CSON.

Meaghan Finn ’15 will be working at Massachusetts General Hospital. Finn said that she has been involved in fundraising and raising awareness of cancer in her community from a very young age, and she realized this was a passion she wanted to further develop, as she got older.

Lauren Guerra ’15 will be working at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, MA, rotating through the different areas of inpatient and outpatient oncology to get a comprehensive understanding about the care that is offered to patients at Dana Farber.

Julia Melvin ’15 will work at Greenwich Hospital in Connecticut as an oncology nurse intern. Melvin said she’s been personally involved with several relatives affected by cancer, so oncology nursing has always been an interest of hers.

Karlee Rajaniemi ’15 is headed to Stamford Hospital’s oncology unit in Connecticut for eight weeks. Rajaniemi said she hopes the program helps her become a more confident nurse, and she believes it will help her prepare to take on the RN role after graduation.

Kaitlin Campbell ’15 and Kayla Costigan ’15, currently studying abroad this semester, have also been awarded summer 2014 internships through Flynn’s program.

For more information about how to find an internship, you can visit the Boston College Career Center.


-- O. Angela Bowser, Communications Specialist