Developing the Nation's Future Leaders

Each year since 1991, a select group of young men and women of outstanding talent and character have come to Boston College to embark on an integrated honors educational experience designed to embody the best of the University and its Jesuit heritage of educational excellence in service to society—the Boston College Gabelli Presidential Scholars Program.

The Gabelli Presidential Scholars Program works in tandem with the University's rigorous curricula, challenging Scholars over four years through summer programs focusing on service learning, international experience, and professional internships. During the academic year, Scholars interact with one another on a weekly basis. Each Tuesday night the Scholars gather to attend a cultural event, meet to discuss their academic disciplines, discuss career discernment, or to work on special projects. These gatherings are intended to nurture their development into the nation's future leaders. 

Opportunities

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Presidential Scholars have access to series and programs above and beyond those available to the University as a whole.

Tuesday Evening Meetings

On Tuesday evenings our Scholars meet from across the four classes to discuss their area of concentrations (science and pre-med, humanities, political science and international studies, and management, economics, and finance) to share experiences and find greater wisdom in applying for study grants, language programs, internships, and prestigious fellowships; and, to partake in the cultural life of Boston at the theater, the ballet, or at the symphony.

Fellowship Advisement

The Gabelli Presidential Scholars Program has close links with the University Fellowships Committee and can offer advisement and guidance on many fellowships available to undergraduate and graduate students. A special workshop is held for Scholars to learn about the proposal writing process so that they are fully prepared to apply for these opportunities. See a list of awards won by BC Presidential Scholars.

Learn more about the many opportunities available through the University's Fellowship program.

Summer PULSE Program

To fulfill the Jesuit ideal of being men and women in service to others, during the summer following their freshman year the Scholars explore the problems of hunger, homelessness, and educational inequity in the Boston area through participation in a program modeled after PULSE, Boston College's nationally acclaimed course of study and service. Through their work, Presidential Scholars are challenged to see themselves in relation to acute national problems, to think creatively about the roots of these problems, the nature and efficacy of society's response, and the response that these problems elicit in their own personal and professional lives. Placements in recent years have included the Spectrum Boys' Unit, the Suffolk County House of Correction, Rosie's Place, the Labouré Center, the Italian Home for Children, the Project Bread Hunger Hotline, Haley House, and St. Francis House. In parallel with their service, Scholars read and reflect on a variety of texts--from philosophy, social science, public policy, economics and theology--pertinent to issues of poverty and social justice. Weekly discussion sessions challenge Scholars to integrate these readings with their field experiences and to reflect on the implications for their personal values and professional goals.

Learn about PULSE

International Experience

During spring break freshman Presidential Scholars travel to a country in Europe, while the sophomore Scholars travel to a country in Latin America during winter break. These trips are intended to be the starting point in the Scholars' journey on becoming "global citizens." In their freshman year, they spend a week in a non-English speaking European country, so as to realize skills that meet the challenge of linguistic differences. In their sophomore year, they have an immersion experience of the social and economic challenges for our neighbors to the South.

In the summer following their sophomore year, they are expected individually to construct a minimal eight-week experience that combines language study with service learning, lab work or some other activity where they can become fully immersed into the culture and country where they are spending the summer. These summer experiences may be extended into their first semester junior year by studying abroad.

Below is a sampling of International Perspective & Language Program placements. International Perspective & Language Program reports are available upon request. Access to reports is restricted to current Scholars. Email sarah.gregorian@bc.edu to request an e-copy of any report. A hard copy of each report is available in the GPSP Library for current Scholars to read.

Summer 2018

  • Italian Language Study & and course on Environmental & Global Occupational Medicine, and Research Assistant to Dr. Roberto Lucchini, Division of Occupational Medicine, University of Brescia, Brescia, Italy
  • Intern Pangea (a start-up management consulting firm) Madrid, Spain
  • Intensive Chinese Language Course Harvard Beijing Academy, Beijing Language & Culture University Beijing, China 
  • Research Assistant Prof. Joseph Nugent Dublin, Ireland, And SIT Panama:  Community and Nongovernmental Organizations Internship Program, Panama City, Panama Research Intern
  • National Institute of Public Health Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico
  • Research Assistant to Professor Wren Lewis Paris School of Economics, And French Language Study Alliance Francaise Paris, France
  • Critical Language Scholarship Program Arabic Language Course Arab American Language Institute Meknes, Morocco
  • Fellow Sage Corps, Paris, France
  • Child Family Health International Reproductive & Sexual Health as a Human Right Program, Quito, Ecuador
  • Cultural Experiences Abroad Internship Program, Marketing, Asociacion Argentina de Cultura Inglesa, And Language Study at the Academia Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Research Assistant to Dr. Janak Nathan Sanjeev Clinic, Mumbai, India & Intensive French Language Program
  • CIEE Summer Arabic Language Program, Rabat, Morocco
  • French Language Study, Institut Linguistique Adenet (ILA), Montpellier, France
  • YueYang Hospital of Integrated Traditional Chinese & Western Medicine, And mandarin language study, Fudan University or at Shanghai International Studies University, Shanghai, China

Summer 2017

  • Semi-Intensive Intermediate German Language Course, and Volunteer Intern, German Federal Election, Berlin, Germany
  • Arabic Language Classes, Sijal Institute, Amman, Jordan
  • Arabic Language & Culture Program, American University of Beirut (through the Center for Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies), Beirut, Lebanon
  • Photojournalism Intern, Philippine Daily Inquirer, and Tagalog language study, Manila, Philippines
  • Intensive Spanish Language Course, Camino Barcelona Spanish School, Barcelona, Spain, and Intensive Spanish Language Course, Lacunza International House, San Sebastian, Spain
  • Georgian Language Lessons, Language Center of Georgia, Tiblisi, Georgia, and Shadowing doctors, Heads of Neurosurgery & Neurology, Achali Hospital, Tiblisi and Tskemi, Georgia
  • Spanish in Health in Latin America, International Center of Development Studies, San Jose, Costa Rica
  • EUSA Internship Program, Marketing Internship, Paris, France
  • German Language Course, Goethe Institute, and Independent Research on Refugee Integration & Identity Formation in Berlin, Berlin, Germany
  • French Language Classes, Sorbonne through the American Institute for Foreign Study, and Research Assistant, Etudes (academic journal), Paris France 
  • Russian Language Course, Higher School of Economics, Intensive Summer Language School, Moscow, Russia
  • Armenian Language Study, and Research on “Investigating the Effects of Armenia’s Parliamentary Transition of the Political Opposition” Yerevan, Armenia
  • Intern, Seeds of Progress, Matagalpa, Nicaragua

Summer 2016

  • Research Assistant, World Peace & Reconciliation, and studying Chadian Arabic, Classical Arabic, Modern Standard Arabic and Sudanese Arabic, Kampala, Uganda
  • Global Experiences Internship Program, Barcelona, Spain
  • Intensive Chinese Language Course, Harvard Beijing Academy, Beijing Language & Culture University, Beijing, China
  • Intensive Spanish Language Course, Enforex - Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
  • Intern, Mondo Agit (translation agency), and Intensive Spanish Language Course, El Instituto Cervantes, Barcelona, Spain
  • Intensive Spanish Language Course, Toucan Spanish School, And Internship, Kogi Mobile, Medellin, Columbia
  • Intensive Japanese Language Study, and Research on the Efficacy of Urban Infrastructure Regeneration, Seisen University and NGO Peaceboat, Yokohama City, Japan and The Suncheon Bay National Garden, Suncheon, South Korea
  • Internship Program, Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea
  • Intensive French Language Course, Accord École de Langues, and Discerning vocation by living with the Saint-Louis de Gonzague Jesuit Community, Paris, France
  • Intensive Spanish Language Course, La Escuela del Mundo, Jáco, Costa Rica
  • Intensive Spanish Language Course, and Research Program, The Foundation for Sustainable Development, Cochabamba, Boliva
  • Intensive Spanish Language Course, and Volunteer Nurse, at a local hospital, Mente Argentina Program, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Intensive Spanish Language Course, Hispaniola Language School, and Medical Intern, Hospital Robert Reid Carbral, and Research Assistant to Yale Medical School’s Dr. Marietta Vazquez’s research on HIV & other infectious diseases, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • Intensive Spanish Language Course, and Volunteer, Women’s Empowerment and Recovery Community Center, Mente Argentina Program, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Intern, Hermitage Museum, and Volunteer with the monks, Alexander Nevsky Monastery, and Intensive Russian Language Course, Apple Language School, St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Intern, MassChallenge Mexico (startup accelerator), Mexico City, Mexico
  • Korean Language Course & Research on the modern character of Korean culture, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea
  • Advanced Mandarin Language Course, Peking University, Beijing, China, and Sociological Research, kitchen appliances factory, Dongguan, Guangdong Province, China

Summer 2015

  • Research project studying the disparities in social services provided to residents in Quito Abuelitos de la Calle, Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Quito, Ecuador
  • AIL Madrid-- Instituto de Cervantes, Intensive Language Course, Madrid, Spain
  • Spanish and Liberation Theology course & Pastoral Volunteer; Maryknoll Mission Center & Language Institute, Cochabamba, Bolivia
  • American Bar Association’s Rule of Law Institute, Moscow, Russia and Woodrow Wilson International Center, Washington, DC
  • Intensive Spanish Language Course Academia Internacional de Linguas, and Spanish Law, Politics, and Economics, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Madrid, Spain
  • Intensive Study of Urdu; U.S. State Department Critical Language Scholarship Program; American Institute of Indian Studies, Lucknow, India
  • BC Madrid Internship Program, Intern at High C Consulting, Madrid, Spain
  • BC Paris Internship Program, Intern at Solidarite Roquette & Avocats, Paris, France
  • AIL Madrid, Intensive Spanish Language Course & Salsa Dance Classes; Madrid, Spain, and Intensive Spanish Language Course & Spanish Cooking Classes, Lacunza International House, San Sebastian, Spain
  • Global Health Research Program, Northwestern University's Global Engagement Studies Institute, Cochabamba, Bolivia
  • Intensive Spanish Language Course & Tango Classes, Mente Argentina Program, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Computational Intelligence Group and Advanced Statistics Data Mining Dept., Polytechnic University, Madrid, Spain
  • ABCHumboldt School, Intensive Language Course and Volunteering at Barcelona Centre Medic, Barcelona, Spain
  • CIEE Alicante Summer Intensive Spanish Language Course, Alicante, Spain
  • Research on Microfinance, Christian Microfinance Organization- Kallarisunchis & Spanish Language Classes, Proyecto Peru (Spanish Language School), Cusco, Peru; and Intern, CECAM Nourish International, Cochabamba, Bolivia
  • Camino Barcelona Spanish School, Intensive Spanish Language Course, Barcelona, Spain
  • BC Madrid Internship Program, Intern at Hospital Universitario Torrelodones, Madrid, Spain
  • Levantine Arabic Language Course, Safi Institute, And Research Intern, Aztag, And Volunteer at CAHL (a nursing home in Bourj Hammoud a neighborhood in East Beirut), Beruit, Bourj Hammoud, and Kfarabida, Lebanon

Summer 2014

  • Arabic Language Course, Spanish Institute in Casablanca and teaching French and English, Ecole Montessori Casablanca, Casablanca, Morocco and Volunteer, Transparency International, and Private Arabic Lessons, Rabat, Morocco
  • Global Health Perspectives (BC Program) and Spanish Language Course, Golden Gate Language School, Quito, Ecuador
  • ABCHumboldt School, Intensive Spanish Language Course and,volunteering at Barcelona Centre Medic, Barcelona, Spain
  • German Language & Culture Program, University of Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria AND University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria
  • International Volunteer HQ, Community Center and Daycare Volunteer And Spanish Language Classes, San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Hogar Bethel Orphanage, Cordoba, Villa Allende, Argentina
  • Spanish Language/Cultural Classes & Volunteer Opportunity, Academia Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Volunteer Partnership West Africa And Twi Language Courses, Accra, Ghana
  • Research in the field of Chinese and East Asian Security, Sino-US Relations and Military Transformation in the Asia Pacific Region, S. Rajaratnam Graduate School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • IES Abroad Program, Spanish Language Classes, Heredia, Costa Rica And Intern, Live the Osa, LLC, Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica
  • Study of Asante Twi Language And Research & photography Project - “Ghana Strong:  Portraits of Unrealized Ability” And Education and Intervention Project for children with disabilities in rural areas, Accra, Ghana
  • French Language Class, Community College of Rhode Island And Participation in French cultural activities, Alliance Francaise And On-line French Language Course, Mango Languages, Providence, Rhode Island
  • American Institute for Foreign Study, French Language Classes, University of Paris IV – La Sorbonne, Paris, France
  • Hogar Bethel Orphanage, Cordoba, Villa Allende, Argentina
  • Hub Bog & Apps.co, Bogota, Columbia
  • Instituto Mexico Americano de Cultura, Spanish Language Classes, Guadalajara, Mexico

Summer 2013

  • Intensive Study of Chinese, U.S. State Department Critical Language Scholarship Program, Suzhou University, Suzhou, China and Intern, United Family Hospital, Beijing, China
  • Spanish Language Course, Apple Languages School, Barcelona, Spain
  • Italian Language Course, University of Milan's campus at Gargnano, Italy
  • German Language Course, Goethe-Institut, Hamburg & Frieburg, Germany
  • Italian Language Course, Sant' Anna Institute, Sorrento, Italy and Research Assistant, Paleopathology Lab, University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy
  • Intensive Italian Language Course, Leonardo da Vinci School, Florence & Viareggio, Italy
  • French Language Course, Projects Abroad, Rabat, Morocco
  • Spanish Language Course, American Institute for Foreign Study, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
  • Spanish Language Course, Boston Language Institute, Kenmore Square, Boston, MA and Instituto Cervantes (4 month on-line curse)
  • Spanish Language Course, Instituto de Cervantes and Art History Course in Spanish, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Madrid, Spain
  • French Language Course, Temple University's Program at the Sorbonne and Independent Research, Paris, France
  • Boston College Summer Program - Drawing from the Venetian Masters, Venice, Italy and Italian Language Courses, Institute of Venezia, Venice, Italy
  • Volunteer, Hogar Bethel Orphanage, Villa Allende, Argentina
  • Colloquial Tibetan Language Course, Eshukia - Tibetan Language School and Volunteer Teacher, English Classes, Lha Charitable Trust, Dharamshala, India
  • French Language Course, Language Studies Institute and French Cooking courses, L'Atelier des Sens, Paris, France
  • Intern, Induction and Electric Fiberizing Team, Saint-Gobain Isover, Paris, France
  • German Language Course, Goethe-Institut, Munich, Germany
  • Swahili Language Course, Evangelical Lutheran Church Language and Orientation School, Morogoro, Tanzania and English Teacher, Bishop Kisanji's Girls School, Tabora, Tanzania
  • Spanish Language Course, Instituto de Cervantes, Madrid, Spain

Summer 2012

  • Language & Traditional Medicine and Public Health, Peking and Capital Medical Universities through Northwestern University's Program, Beijing, China 
  • Italian Language & Culture Course, Summer School Sapienza, Rome, Italy, Research Assistant, Solid State Chemistry Lab with Professor Marco Bettinelli, University of Verona, Verona, Italy
  • French Language Course, American University, Paris, France, Comparative Research on the Issue fo Immigration in American and French Courts, Bibliotheque Sainte-Genevieve, Paris, France
  • Intenstive Study in Persian & Tajik-Persian, U.S. State Department, Critical Language Scholarship Program, Dushanbe, Tajikistan
  • Research Assistant, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama City, Panama - See a video of this experience by clicking here
  • Spanish Language Courses and Program studying Ecological Conservation, Quito, Ecuador and San Cristobal Island, Galapagos, Ecuador 
  • Urban Course - Venice: An Imperiled City in Comparative Perspective and research on the role that environmental law has played in the Experimental Electromechanical Model project, Venice, Italy
  • Intensive Spanish Language Course, Maryknoll Language Institute and research towards thesis on empowering parents to help families cope with poverty, Cochabamba, Bolivia
  • Writing Course - Writing Out of Place: Creative Writing Workshop, Mussoorie, India
  • Intensive French Language Course, Centre International d'Antibes, Antibes, France
  • Mandarin Chinese Research Project, Center for Chinese Studies, Sanata Dharma University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia and Clinic Intern, International SOS, Beijing, China
  • Intensive German Language Course, Goethe Institute, Research under Dr. Dorothea Schafer at the German Institute for Economic Research, Berlin, Germany and Intern at Go Language Press, Munich, Germany

Summer 2011

  • French Language Course, Accord École de Langues and Self-directed creative writing, Paris, France
  • Culinary Course, Cooking School of Mente Argentina, Buenos Aires, Argentina and Archaeological Dig, Belize
  • Spanish Language Course, Colegio Espana, Salamanca, Spain
  • Japanese Language Course, International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan
  • Intern, Implanex (Marketing & Consulting Firm), Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • German Language, Philosophy & Theology Courses, Father Rupert Mayer, Dominican Monastery, Vienna, Austria and German Language Course, Goethe Institute, Munich, Germany and Magis Retreat/World Youth Day, Spain and Portugal
  • Intern, Microenfoque, San Salvador, El Salvador
  • Environmental Science Intern, Machalilla National Park, Puerto Lopez, Ecuador
  • Spanish Language Classes, Romance Language Department, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA
  • Global Health Course, Led by Prof. Joyce Pulcini, Connell School of Nursing, Boston College, Quito, Ecuador and Research Team Member, Archaeological Excavation, Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography, Novosibirsk, Russia
  • Medical Intern, Health Clinic, Puerto Lopez, Ecuador
  • Trans-Border Institute at the University of San Diego & the Universidad Iberoamericana, Tijuna, Mexico and Arabic Language Course, Qasid Institute, AMIDEAST Language Study Program, Amman, Jordan

Professional Internships

In pursuit of the Boston College tradition of education as instrument, Presidential Scholars work in demanding professional settings during the summer following their junior year. The internship provides Scholars with an initial exposure to a potential career path, and the opportunity to reflect on themselves as emerging professionals and leaders. Scholars spend six - ten weeks at their placements, where they are expected to function as full-time employees. Supervisors are encouraged to assign tasks that allow Scholars to work creatively and independently, and to provide them with as broad an overview as possible. In tandem with their practical work experience, Scholars develop:

  • a global awareness of the nature of the organization, the relationship between its goals and its internal structure
  • the nature of organizational leadership; the prevailing model of leadership and how this is reflected in its approach to professional development
  • the ways in which decisions are made, policies forged, and responsibilities delegated
  • how the organization relates to the wider society as well as to consider the meaning of work in Scholars' lives by exploring aspects of the spirituality of work

Internship reports are available upon request. Access to reports is restricted to current Scholars. Please email sarah.gregorian@bc.edu for an e-copy of any report. A hard copy of each report is available in the GPSP Library for current Scholars to read.

Summer 2018

  • House Caucus Intern for the 2018 Summer Semester, Washington, DC
  • Protagonist Technology, Washington, DC
  • Refugee Resettlement, International Institute of New England, Community Services Program, Boston, MA
  • Engineering Development Group, MathWorks, Natick, MA
  • Audit, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Boston, MA
  • The National Center for Disease Control & Public Health, Lugar Center for Public Health, Tbilisi, Georgia
  • Neighborhood/HELP, Miami, FL
  • thredUP, San Francisco, CA
  • Accounting & Marketing, KREWE, New Orleans, MS
  • Public Relations, Gladstone Place Partners, New York, NY
  • Association for Diplomatic Studies & Training, Washington, DC
  • Archives Unit, Harry S. Truman Presidential Library, Independence, MS
  • Translator & Public Relations, Office of the Human Rights Defender of the Republic of Armenia, Yerevan, Armenia
  • Refugee Patient Navigator, Boston Center for Refugee Health & Human Rights, Boston Medical Center, Boston, MA

Summer 2017

  • Intern, Middle East Institute, Washington, DC
  • Intern, Deloitte Consulting, Boston, MA
  • Research Intern, American Institute for Contemporary German Studies, Washington, DC
  • Clinical Research Intern, Surgical Outcomes Analysis and Research Team, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA
  • Research Assistant, Artavanis-Tsakonas Laboratory, Department of Cell Biology, Harvard Medical Institute, Boston, MA
  • Intern, Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office, Brooklyn, NY
  • Product Manager Intern, Caravan Studios, TechSoup Global, New York, NY
  • Intern, Environmental Voter Project, Boston, MA
  • Customer Insights Analyst Intern, Marketing Department, Bloomingdale’s, New York, NY
  • Research Assistant, Prof. Michael Tomko & Prof. Helena Tomko, Humanities Department, Villanova University, Philadelphia, PA
  • Deloitte, SHINE Marketing Internship Program, San Francisco, CA
  • Health Education Intern, Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program, HER Saturdays Women’s Clinic, Boston, MA
  • Nursing Intern, Summer Nurse Technician Program, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, Emergency Department, Washington, DC
  • Congressional Intern, U.S. House of Representatives, Office of Congresswoman Katherine Clark of Massachusetts, Washington, DC
  • Research Assistant, Prof. Stephen Bush, Religious Studies Department, Brown University, Providence, RI
  • Intern, Lookback (software company), Menlo Park, CA
  • Intern, Marketing & Design, Cools NYC (fashion start-up), New York, NY
  • Administrative Intern, Executive Level, regional Appliance Factory, and extended ethnographic study, Donggauan, China

Summer 2016

  • Intern, Disability Law Center, Boston, MA
  • Summer Analyst, Citigroup, Healthcare Investment Banking Division, San Francisco, CA
  • Intern, Arise Chicago, Chicago, IL
  • Intern, Office of Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, and Office of the House Committee on Homeland Security, Washington, DC
  • Building Opportunities for Leadership Development Internship Program, Google, Inc., Product Quality and Operations team, Mountain View, CA
  • Transcultural Psychiatry Research Unit, Vall d’Hebron University, Barcelona, Spain
  • Intern, The Magic Circle Theater, Tufts University, Medford, MA
  • Intern, The Office of the Hon. Maribeth Raffinan, Associate Judge, Superior Court, Washington, DC, and Teaching Fellow, Generation Teach Senior Teaching Fellowship Program, Boston, MA
  • Analyst Intern, Charles River Associates, Boston, MA
  • Intern, Partners in Health, Engage Department, Boston, MA
  • Actor, Wyldewood Players, Sterling Renaissance Festival, Sterling, NY
  • Research Assistant, Computation & Cognition Lab, Stanford University Center for Language and Information, Palo Alto, CA
  • Research Intern, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Lab of Dr. Erika Forbes, and Shadowing Dr. Will Musser and Dr. Angela Lu, Pittsburgh, PA 
  • Intern, Results for Development, Center for Health Market Innovations, Washington, DC
  • Summer Analyst, Cornerstone Research, Boston, MA
  • Operations Intern, Boston Public Health Commission, Boston, MA
  • Intern, The Valve Research Group, Anesthesiology & Cardiology Departments, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA
  • Intern, US State Department, US Embassy, Yerevan, Armenia

Summer 2015

  • Research Intern for Prof. Angie Boyce, Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies, The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Cambridge, MA
  • Intern, The Jesuit Conference of Canada & the United States; National Advocacy Office, Washington DC
  • Intern, Lumleian Pharmaceuticals, Boston, MA
  • Intern, Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review Stress-Testing Department, M&T Bank, Buffalo, NY
  • Research Assistant, University of Rochester's Physics & Astronomy Research Experience for Undergraduate Program, Rochester, NY
  • Intern, Community of Faith International, Tangier, Morocco and Research Assistant, Neurology Lab of Professor Taoufiq Fechtali, University of Hassan II Casablanca, Mohammedia, Morocco
  • Teacher, Mathematics, Breakthrough Collaborative, Kent Denver School, Denver, CO
  • Research Intern, Channing Division of Network Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
  • Research Intern, Hekima Institute of Peace Studies & International Relations; Nairobi, Kenya
  • Editorial Intern, Commonweal Magazine, NY, NY
  • Research Intern, Gillette Children's Hospital, Muscular Dystrophy Lab of Dr. Mark Gormley, Minneapolis, MN, and Program Coordinator, Include-Play-Learn Project and Ghana Strong Internship Program, Accra, Ghana
  • Policy Research Intern, Office of Governor Gina Raimondo, Providence RI
  • Intern, Audit Department, PriceWaterhouse Cooper, Philadelphia, PA
  • Intern, Office of the Superintendent of Schools, Archdiocese of New York, NY, NY
  • Fellow, Dat Venture, Boston, MA
  • Intern, Marketing & Communications, LaunchCode, St Louis, MO

Summer 2014

  • Intern, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA
  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Banking and Markets Corporate Finance Group, New York, NY
  • Research Intern, Biblioteca del Dialetto Parmigiano, Parma, Italy
  • Intern, Haley House, Boston, MA
  • Research Assistant, Professors Jonathan Bethard and Ethan Baxter, Boston University, Boston, MA
  • Project Management Intern, WePay, Palo Alto, CA
  • Intern, Community Action Network, Centre for Community Resource Development, Belize City, Belize
  • Intern, IDEAs Against Violence, Inc., Weymouth, MA
  • Production Intern, Trium Entertainment, Los Angeles, CA
  • Intern, Samson Gallery, Boston, MA
  • Intern, Public Relations, Marketing & Public Affairs, Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
  • Intern, St. Peter Claver Catholic School, Tampa, FL
  • Volunteer Teacher, Agape Volunteers, Nairobi, Kenya
  • ESL Internship Assistant, Father Greg Sharkey, Desideri House, Boudanath, Kathmandu, Nepal AND Tibetan Language Lessons & Textual Research, Boudanath, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Intern, Boeing Learning Center, The National Archives, Washington, DC
  • Research Intern, Dr. Peter Clote, Biology Department, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA
  • Intern, Boston College Magazine, Chestnut Hill, MA
  • Intern, Education Department, The Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco, CA
  • Research Assistant, Prof. Welkin Johnson, Biology Department, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA

Summer 2013

  • Intern and Research Assistant for Health and Tax Policy, Joint Economics Committee, U.S. Congress, Washington, DC and Summer Fellow, American Enterprise Institute, Washington, DC and Member, Asian-American Coalition, Maryland GOP
  • Intern, X-Ray Astronomy Section, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA
  • Research Intern, The Center for Jewish History, New York, NY
  • U.S. Youth Observer to the United Nations, U.S. Department of State, Washington, DC and Hertog Political Science Fellowship Program, Washington, DC
  • Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Summer Student Fellowship, Computational Biogeochemistry Group, Woods Hole, MA
  • Intern, Dept. of Enterprise, Investment and Trade, Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Intern, Public Affairs Department, Environmental Protection Agency, Boston, MA
  • Intern, Jesuit Conference Secretariat, Social and International Ministries, Washington, DC
  • Credit Risk Summer Analyst, Morgan Stanley, New York, NY
  • Intern, Scientific Research Lab, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA and Research Assistant, Biological Anthropology Department, University of Reading, Reading, England
  • Intern, Cardiovascular Diseases Group, Research & Development Department, Genzyme, Inc., Framingham, MA
  • Intern, Executive Service Corps of New England, Boston, MA and Research Assistant, Prof. Juliet Schor, Sociology Department, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA

Summer 2012

  • Video Production Intern, Regan Communications Group, Boston, MA, Production Intern on movie set of "The Way, Way Back" starring Steve Carell, Boston, MA
  • Development and Advocacy Intern, Tiyatien Health, Boston, MA
  • Marketing Intern, Lookout Mountain Hang Gliding, Chattanooga, TN
  • Editorial Intern, COSMOS Science Magazine, Sydney, Australia
  • Intern, Aetna, International IT Department, Hartford, CT
  • Intern, Honorable Gerald Lebovits, Bronx Civil Court, New York, NY
  • Portuguese Immersion School, Florianopolis, Brazil, English Teacher, Instituto Humanização e Desenvolvimento Integral, Heliópolis, Brazil
  • Research Assistant, Professor Andrea Staiti, Philosophy Department, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA, The Cologne-Leuven Summer School in Phenomenology, University of Cologne, Germany, The Cologne-Leuven Summer School in Phenomenology and Philosophy of the Mind, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Business Intern, Entreculturas, Madrid, Spain
  • Intern, Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
  • Intern, Smithsonian Institution, Office of Exhibits Central, Washington, DC
  • Research Assistant, Professor Welkin Johnson's Lab, Biology Department, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA
  • Summer Fellow, Health Leads Program, Codman Square Health Center, Dorchester, MA
  • English Teacher, Haitian-American Caucus, Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti

Summer 2011

  • Research Assistant, Prof. Moroianu's Lab, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA, Research Intern, Harvard/MGH Center for Genomics, Vulnerable Populations and Health Disparities, Boston, MA, Volunteer, Healing our Land and the Banyan Tree Project, Boston, MA
  • Research Assistant, Keck Geology Consortium, Wesleyan University, Connecticut River, Middletown, CT, Research Assistant, Prof. Gail Kineke, Earth & Environmental Sciences, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA
  • Research Assistant, Prof. Ellen Winner, Psychology Arts & Minds Lab, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA
  • Research Assistant, Prof. Elizabeth Kensinger, The Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Laboratory, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA, Shadowing Experience, Dr. Paul Fallon, Brighton, MA
  • Undergraduate Research Fellow, Prof. Fabio Ghrioni, Economics Department, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA
  • Sherpa - Outdoor Education Instructor, La Vida Center for Outdoor Education & Leadership, Adirondack Mountains, Saranac Lake, NY
  • Undergraduate Research Fellow, Prof. Juliet Schor, Sociology Department, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA
  • Research Assistant, Drs. David Cox & Brett Graham, Visual Neuroscience Group, Harvard University's Rowland Institute, Cambridge, MA
  • Intern, Second Language Testing, Inc., Rockville, MD
  • Research Assistant, Dr. Jacob Hooker, A.A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, Massachusetts General Hospital, Charlestown, MA
  • Research Assistant, Prof. Ken William, Biology, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA
  • Research Assistant, Prof. Anne Homza, Lynch School of Education, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA, Volunteer, Jewish Vocational Services, Teaching ESL and Citizenship Courses, Boston, MA

Summer 2010

  • Intern, Rockefeller Archive Center, Sleepy Hollow, NY
  • Intern, Congressman John Sullivan, Representative of the First Congressional District of Oklahoma, Washington, DC
  • Production Assistant, Le Parlement de Musique, Strasbourg, France
  • Intern, US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Office of Federal Operations' Federal Sector Programs, Washington, DC
  • Intern, Right to Education Campaign, Birzeit University, Ramallah, West Bank, Palestine
  • Research Assistant, Kingsbury's Organic Chemistry Lab, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA
  • Intern, True Venture's True Entrepreneur Program, B Stock Solutions, Redwood City, CA
  • Honors Intern, Naval Criminal Investigative Services, Washington, DC
  • Intern, Strategy & Knowledge Development Team, New Leaders for New Schools, New York, NY
  • Research Assistant, Moroianu Lab, Chemistry Department, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA
  • Research Assistant, Prof. Luciano Floridi, Information Ethics Research Group, St. Cross College, Oxford University, Oxford, England
  • Intern, Barclay's Capital Investment Banking, New York, NY
  • Intern, Amnesty International, Arms Control, Security Trade and Human Rights Division, New York, NY
  • Medical Intern, Para el Mundo, Mancora, Peru
  • Intern, World Learning, Inc., Washington, DC
  • Intern, KHBS-TV, Fort Smith, AR
  • Communications Intern, Provincial Offices of the New England Jesuits, Watertown MA; Research Assistant, Profs. David & Angela Franks, St. John's Seminary, Brighton, MA; Participant, Witherspoon Institute, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
  • Intern, HypoVereinsbank, Project and Commodity Finance Department, Munich, Germany

Summer 2009

  • Summer Analyst, Revolution Partners, LLC, Boston, MA
  • Editorial Intern, Business Publishing Division, Pearson Education, Boston, MA
  • Research Fellow, Dr. Eric Dearing & Dr. Beth Casey, Lynch School of Education, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA
  • Research Assistant, Prof. Moroianu's Lab, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA
  • The Jordan Connection:  The History and Culture of the Middle East from Ancient to Modern Times, Amman, Jordan AND Medical Intern, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY
  • Participant, Pedagogy and Theater of the Oppressed Conference, Minneapolis, MN AND Intern, The Center for the Theater of the Oppressed, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Intern - Assistant to Social Worker, Jesuit Refugee Services, Lisbon, Portugal
  • Site Coordinator/Art Teacher, Girasoles Program, Scripture Union, Yungay, Peru
  • Intern, Jefferies & Company, Waltham, MA
  • Research Assistant, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Summer Undergraduate Research Program, Omaha, NE
  • Critical Care Nurse, Brigham & Women's Hospital, Boston, MA
  • Summer Analyst, Analysis Group, Inc. Boston, MA
  • Research Assistant, Lab of Dr. Winston Kuo, MicroRNA Technology and Craniofacial Abnormalities, Harvard Dental School, Boston, MA
  • Intern, The Executive Office of the President, The White House, Washington, DC
  • Summer Analyst, Equity Sales and Trading, Credit Suisse, New York, NY
  • Tax Practice Intern, Global Services, Deloitte Touche Tomatsu, Boston, MA
  • Intern, Advisory Division, Internal Audit, Compliance and Risk Services, KPMG LLP, Boston, MA
  • Intern, Loch Capital Management, Boston, MA

Summer 2008

  • Intern, MTV Network’s Comedy Central AND Upright Citizen Brigade, Improvisation Course, New York, NY
  • Editorial Assistant to Kim Rode, Director of Young Adult Ministry Archdiocese of Kansas City, Kansas City, KS AND 5-Day Intensive Course Offered by Theology of the Body Institute, Philadelphia, PA AND School of Polish Language and Culture, Catholic University of Lublin, Lublin, Poland
  • Intern, Center for Bioethics, University of Pennsylvania Hospital and Medical School, Philadelphia, PA AND Participant, European Academy on Bioethics, Heinrich Pesch Haus Center for Applied Ethics, Ludwigshafen, Germany
  • Intensive Language Program, Academia Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina AND Intern, Laboratory for Developmental Studies, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
  • Research Assistant, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Transverse Myelitis Center, Baltimore, MD
  • Teaching Assistant, Prof. Godehard Bruntrup, Munich School of Philosophy, Munich, Germany AND Presenter at the International Society for the History of the Neurosciences Conference, Berlin, Germany
  • Research Assistant, Centre for Research on Ecological Impacts of Coastal Cities (EICC), University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
  • Career Discovery Program Participant, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, MA
  • Summer Analyst, Jefferies Broadview, Jefferies’ Technology Group, Waltham, MA
  • Intern, Middle East Nonviolence and Democracy in Palestine (MEND), Jerusalem
  • Intern, Credit Risk Management Division, UBS AG
    Stamford, CT
  • Research Assistant, Program on International Health and Human Rights, Harvard School of Public Health
    Boston, MA AND Participant, European Academy on Bioethics, Heinrich Pesch Haus Center for Applied Ethics, Ludwigshafen, Germany
  • Intern, Asset Management Division, JPMorgan Chase
    New York, NY
  • Intern, Sales and Marketing Dept., Phaidon Press Inc.
    New York, NY

Juniors Studying Abroad

Boston College has a vibrant study abroad program and approximately 25-30% of the junior class studies in another country. Through the Office of International Programs (OIP) BC has over 40 partnerships worldwide through which students are integrated into overseas universities.

Presidential Scholars are encouraged to take advantage of this educational opportunity. Over the years Scholars have gone to such diverse locations as Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, China, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Iceland, Ireland, Mexico, England, France, Nepal, The Netherlands, Russia, Scotland, South Africa and Germany. 

Scholars who study abroad on a BC administered program retain their scholarship. Scholars participating in non-BC administered study abroad programs will have their BC financial aid put on hold for the time they are away and will have the aid reinstated upon the student's return to BC. In many cases, state and federal financial aid may travel with students on non-BC administered programs.

Committees

In order to capitalize on the reservoir of talent and initiative of the Scholars, committees are formed so Scholars can exercise their leadership skills and implement projects of interest. The committees are organized around a specific topic or project and will run until the completion of the project. For some, that will be throughout the academic year and for others that will be over a shorter period of time.

Committees that generally run from year-to-year include:

Ex Libris

Scholars who wish to attend occasional meetings to edit Ex Libris make up the Ex Libris committee and are lead by upperclassmen Scholars along with the GPSP Administrative Assistant. Members come up with ideas for articles for Ex Libris (the GPSP Newsletter), write and edit the articles and/or assign articles to be written by other Scholars. A member of this committee is also assigned to be the liaison with the alumni so that alumni news is included in the newsletter on a frequent basis. This committee meets approximately once a month throughout the academic year.

GPSP Selection Process Committee 

Members of this committee help to organize the yearly recruitment process where approximately 65 high school seniors visit BC, have interviews and participate in program activities. The members help to host and find other hosts for the visiting students, they arrange social events and accompany the visiting students on excursions into Boston. This committee generally functions from October/November until about mid-February each year.

Social Justice Committee

This committee is comprised of the sophomore class of Scholars. It is their task to come up with and lead all of the Scholars in a social justice project to take place throughout each year.  The project should be something that involves multiple campus-wide events in order to educate the wider BC community about the topic they have selected.

Wall Street Tribute Dinner

Each year, Presidential Scholars enjoy meeting the donors who have supported them for the past four years at the Wall Street Council Tribute Dinner.