Author: Grace Kutney

New York Jazz Academy – Internship first impressions – Jake Victor

New York Jazz Academy is an organization dedicated to teaching people of all ages, kids, adults, and elderly people how to approach jazz in a healthy, exciting way, taught by faculty that know it best and who are not only great players but also great, kind teachers. My impressions so far are that they definitely hold up to those standards. The faculty I’ll be working with all seem like such incredible people, and are very sunshiney and seem very positive and easy to work with, both for me and the students.

My first day was great, I went out to our church where we will be running the first week of camp to work with Dave Engelhard on one of the ensembles that NYJA works with year-round. The students all seemed very interested and invested in playing, and I got a chance to play both piano and drum set along with them as well. I was blown away by Dave, both as a teacher and a player. Truly top-notch in both categories, and an awesome, awesome dude who was friendly with me from the second I met him. Can’t wait to talk to him more. Now for the rest of the week I’ll be working out of Javier’s (the director) apartment with him and planning curriculum for the kids. Super pumped.

Center for Deep Listening – Internship first impressions – Mariah Griffin

I will be interning with the Center for Deep Listening at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. Deep Listening is a practice meant to help in listening more intently to your surroundings and what these sounds contribute to life with the use of improvising, sounding, movement, dreams, and you guessed it, listening. My first week was spent and the next 2 weeks will be spent as TA/participant in the Deep Listening course being offered at RPI this summer. The course is interesting and a bit different from the Deep Listening lab that I took at Lawrence this past spring term. It is different because the majority of the students taking the course are studying some form of engineering. This has allowed me to see a different perspective and approach to the practice. These students view things from a very critical and analytical perspective and the way they choose to listen has been wonderful to observe. During my first week, but their third week, I got to listen to some compositions that the students created using sounds they recorded around their campus and then manipulating these sounds with a program called Audacity, we went on a student-lead sound walk, and are just now dipping into writing and performing text scores. Text scores are basically instructions to performing a sonic experience. Next week we will be diving more into those and doing more movement/body focused activities. Looking forward to telling you all about those! Attached is an image of Troy from the RPI campus, I’m not big on photos of myself and my site is this tiny little town, so I hope you guys enjoy the view!

Big Data Summer Institute – First impressions of my internship – Christian Rodriguez

BDSI is an acronym for the University of Michigan’s (Ann Arbor) Big Data Summer Institute. The summer program gives participants an in depth view of the emerging world of data science. During the six weeks of the program, participants  are put into one of three projects with big data: genomics, machine learning, and data mining. The work days are designed in a T shaped manner. In the first half of the day, all the participants are lectured in material that is broad, but useful in each project. In the second half of the day, participants are divided into their groups and work on their specific projects with close mentorship from faculty.

With the program, I hope to gain real experience conducting data science and show people what kind of results I can bring if given the opportunity. In the program, they offer massive data sets and give us the appropriate resources enable my group and I to research significant topics (due to a confidentiality contract, I am unable to tell the specifics of my work yet).

So far, the program has been amazing! I am thrilled to be working with leading scientists in the field of genetics, and the data has fascinating implications! The other participants are from universities all over the nation and each offer a wide range of skills: computer coding, genetic/biology specialization, statistical expertise, and this is only the tip of it.

My first day was a little bit nerve wrecking. For one, I just got to Ann Arbor the night before and everything was foreign to me. When I got to the program site, I could immediately tell that I’ve gotten myself involved with serious research. The dean and head of biostatistics gave a prep talk on the significance our work may have. Afterwards, faculty gave us a run down on how the usual work would be. After all the formalities were set aside, we were immediately put to work and they began to train us immediately. Our first lectures involved probability, scientific integrity, and a bit of genetics (for my specific group). Eventually, the day ended, and I got the chance to catch my breath for the rest of the week. This last Friday, I have been assigned to my specific sub-project and I can’t wait to see where it leads next!


In the photo, you can see me standing in front of UMich’s School of Public Health, where I spend the majority of my week at.


Simplifeye – First impressions of my internship – Austin Frank

Simplifeye is a health tech startup that offers a software as a service (saas) platform for dentistries around the U.S. The platform helps offices improve their inter-office communication to ultimately reduce wait times 15-20%. Additionally, they offer a chat feature that allows doctors to easily communicate with other offices for referrals. An example: if your general dentist recommends that you have your wisdom teeth removed, they will typically give you a piece of paper as your referral and it is then your job to call the oral surgeon to schedule a surgery. The American Dental Association (ADA) found that 49% of these referrals don’t actually end up with a patient visit. Simplifeye has taken the responsibility away from the patient and passed it along to the oral surgeon who receives a quick referral from the chat system, to which they can then call the patient to schedule an appointment right then and there. Simplifeye is the first major mover innovating in a space that is long outdated, and using current technology like the apple watch to do so.

My first impressions are great. I work in the heart of SOHO in Manhattan. The office is super laid back and really fun. My co-workers are already my good friends. And the work is fun and stimulating. I’m excited to contribute to the initial growth of this company.

In my picture you will see my co-worker/office dog, Prince!

Navigant Consulting – Reflecting on the end of my internship – Adam McDonald

My internship with Navigant was an incredible experience that would not have been possible without my Lawrence education. Working as a consultant required critical and quick thinking, analytical skills, and the ability to communicate effectively. Every course at Lawrence, as well as extracurriculars, have helped to hone my communication skills while my focus in Economics as well as the I-E program helped develop my analytical and critical thinking skills.

Although my declared major at Lawrence has not changed since the day I arrived freshman year, my particular career interest has changed continuously. I have always been interested in business but my specific interest has shifted to touch many areas including Marketing, Finance, Public Economics, International Trade, Data Analysis, etc. Each experience or internship I have had gradually shaped my focus by eliminating items that turned out to be something not for me or reaffirming my interest in other areas. I am ecstatic that my summer internship at Navigant has done nothing but reaffirm my interest in consulting and data analysis. Going into my senior year, I am confident this is the career path I want to follow and I plan on working with my advisor as well as other professors and alumni to pursue this path and set myself up for a successful life after Lawrence.

Weill Music Institute – Reflecting on the end of my internship – Daniel Bernstein

I just wrapped up my summer internship at the Weill Music Institute, and not surprisingly, it was very hard for me to say goodbye. On my last day in the office, my coworkers threw me a celebration picnic in Central Park (not a bad way to bid farewell!), and the rest of my day was filled with hugs, goodbyes, and attempting to sneak in a few more final projects before I left. As I packed up and left the office that night, I couldn’t help but realize how much I had grown and changed because of this incredible experience. I entered this experience with a strong passion for helping people to create or enhance their connection to music, but not very much practical knowledge of how to turn this vision into a reality. Now, after spending an entire summer learning from people who work towards this mission every day, in so many different forms and capacities, I can honestly say that this has been the most inspiring and transformative learning experience of my life so far. It would take hours for me to recount everything I have learned from my amazing colleagues at the Weill Music Institute and Carnegie Hall, but there is one central lesson that they have imparted on me this summer: the most fundamental step in making a difference in the world is deep, meaningful inquiry and a commitment to asking the important questions. The Weill Music Institute has become what it is today through this dedication to asking the important questions—especially the question of “How can music make a meaningful difference in people’s lives?”—and this constant commitment to excellence makes WMI and Carnegie Hall a truly inspiring place to work. Continue reading Weill Music Institute – Reflecting on the end of my internship – Daniel Bernstein