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Neurobehavioral Associates
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Andrew Powell

Major: Psychology, Neuroscience option
Minor: Biology
Hometown: Severna Park, MD

How did you learn about this opportunity?

I learned about this internship originally in 2016 through Network Symplicity. At the time, I was not a competitive applicant and did not even receive an interview. I worked hard, improved my grades and application, and applied again in spring 2017 through Network Symplicity and was fortunate enough to receive an offer.

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

Throughout my six week internship, I had the chance to shadow Dr. Vince Culotta and his associates, sitting in on neurocognitive assessments, observing IEP meetings at local schools, and academic evaluations. The main part of the internship was working with Dr. Culotta and Dr. Melissa Blackwell on submitting a research abstract on a case study I was given that will be published in the International Neuropsychology Society journal this fall. I will also be presenting our findings at their annual conference in Washington D.C. next February.

How did this experience impact you academically?

This internship was more academically beneficial than I could ever imagine. Not only did I receive a publication from this experience, but I also received a letter of recommendation, which I will use when I apply to Physician Assistant school next year. I also had the chance to experience my major from a different perspective. I wanted to branch out in my work experience, and this experience definitely fulfilled that.

This internship was more academically beneficial than I could ever imagine.

What are your career goals and plans?  How did this experience impact them?

Currently, I am planning on attending Physician Assistant school post-undergrad. This internship allowed me network and further my professional career. I was able to see a different side of my major and made sure I was making the right decision. The letter of recommendation, the publication, and the work experience all help in strengthening my application when I go to apply next semester.

Would you recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students?

Absolutely. Dr. Culotta and his associates were all extremely helpful in answering questions, providing me with resources, and overall providing me with an enriching and impactful experience that I will cherish. So much of what I learned from Neurobehavioral Associates will help me in advancing both my academic and professional career.

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