College of Idaho senior Zachary Buker and recent graduate Jordan Bowman ’14 share a common dream: to become opera singers and share their passion for music with the world. Together, the duo has formed Opera Elect, a new stage production company based in the Treasure Valley designed to fulfill not only their own dreams, but the dreams of other local artists.
“To be successful in life, you have to make your own success,” Bowman said. “If my end goal is eventually to have an opera company, why not start now?”
The College of Idaho’s PEAK Center/Center for Experiential Learning has launched a new online student employment and internship site, Coyote Connections Live. The easy-to-use site has features for C of I students as well as employers, providing a quick and easy way for students to connect with C of I staff, alumni and local professionals for information on employment and internship opportunities.
When College of Idaho senior Courtney Indart began a Washington, D.C. internship last winter with Innovations in Civic Participation, her goal was to gain experience with international relations and professional development. What she didn’t know was that her time in the nation’s capital would lead to an opportunity to travel to Japan this summer for a civic engagement project she and her fellow ICP interns helped organize.
Recent College of Idaho graduate Brianna Allen ’14 always has had an interest in healthcare, resolving to pursue it as a career after taking an EMT course during high school. Even though no one in her family has much medical experience, Allen is fascinated by the science and physiology of the human body.
There will be no dog days of summer this year for College of Idaho student Tierra Candelaria. The senior math-physics major from Twin Falls recently spent a week on the plains of New Mexico at the Very Large Array, a radio astronomy observatory that consists of 27, 82-foot wide antennas. There, Candelaria and a dozen fellow undergraduates went on an exclusive tour of the facility and used its famous y-configuration to search the sky for the existence of a dwarf galaxy.
“If I can make it there, I’ll make it anywhere,” Frank Sinatra famously crooned about New York City. This summer, that lyric has become a mantra for two College of Idaho business majors who are working and thriving in NYC. Recent graduate Charles Griffen ’14 is interning for the multi-media marketing firm Allied Integrated Marketing (AIM), while senior Ali Dang-Ngoc is interning as a summer analyst with J.P. Morgan Asset Management.
College of Idaho senior Aleah Lowber has dreamed of studying abroad in a Spanish-speaking country since her first exposure to the language as a junior high student visiting Acapulco, Mexico. Lowber’s years of devoted study and academic excellence have earned her recognition from The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi—the nation’s oldest collegiate honor society—which recently awarded her its prestigious Study Abroad Grant to help fulfill her ambition.
What began as a simple way for a son to assist his mother for college credit has grown into a valuable pipeline for College of Idaho medical interns. During the past 35 years, the Salmon River Clinic in rural Stanley has hosted more than 100 C of I students with aspirations of entering medical school—and the program shows no signs of slowing down.
Every summer since she was 12 years old, College of Idaho senior Morgan Thornberry has visited her grandmother in Washington D.C., falling in love with the city in the process.
Thornberry is back in the nation’s capital this summer, but for different reasons. She’s still staying with her grandmother, but instead of a vacation, the political economy major from Idaho Falls is hard at work as a summer intern for the Department of Agriculture’s Office of Country and Regional Affairs (OCRA).
While many College of Idaho students began settling into summer routines after commencement, senior biology major Kelsey Nelson was frantically packing in preparation for one of the nation’s most prestigious internships in the field of marine biology. Just two weeks earlier, Nelson was notified that she would be serving as a Mammal-Interpretation Intern for a 12-week program at the Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC) in Seward, Alaska. She was one of only 24 interns nationwide selected for the opportunity.