Jeb Weymouth '13
Weymouth interned under the guidance of Stephanie Golembeski '97. Grayson Henderson
'05 (right) is an environmental scientist at Froehling & Robertson.
"I feel strongly that all students should do internships
prior to graduation," says Golembeski.
Randolph-Macon College students are gaining valuable work experience with the help
of Yellow Jacket alumni. Just ask environmental
studies major Jeb Weymouth ’13.
Weymouth did a January Term (J-term) internship
at Froehling & Robertson, Inc., an independent consulting engineer/testing firm,
under the guidance of Project Manager Stephanie Golembeski ’97.
Working closely with Golembeski, Weymouth learned the finer points of environmental
“An internship is a great way to get out
in the working world,” says Weymouth, who is also an
economics minor. “This experience will prepare me for life after R-MC by
allowing me to see firsthand what it takes to succeed in the workplace. Being able
to network with R-MC alumni while at college is a valuable benefit of my education;
alumni are fantastic role models. And I know that the ‘alumni connection’ I recently
experienced will continue to be an asset long after I graduate.”
Golembeski knows firsthand the importance of internships.
“Having done several internships during my time at R-MC, I feel strongly that all
students should do internships prior to graduation,” she says. “It is a great way
to determine if you are interested in pursuing a career in a particular field. In
addition, an internship is a wonderful entry into networking.” Internships, says
Golembeski, give students a real advantage in the marketplace.
“Finding a job in these economic times can be difficult, and the more people you
have looking out for you the better off you will be,” she says. “I have had several
jobs since graduating from R-MC and I got all of them with the help of networking.
And working with other Yellow Jackets is great. Grayson Henderson ’05
is an environmental scientist at Froehling & Robertson, and the three of us
enjoyed catching up on all the latest R-MC news.”
“Participating in an internship is a fantastic opportunity for a student,” says
Henderson. “The experience not only teaches them more about what they want to do,
but also identifies what they may not want to do. Internships are also
an opportunity for students to apply what they have learned in class and to gain
On campus, Weymouth is captain of the
baseball team and participates in
community-service events, including R-MC’s annual
Macon a Difference Day. He plans on working in the environmental
studies field after graduation. He draws inspiration from
Biology and Environmental Studies Professor Chas. Gowan.
“Professor Gowan has really helped me pursue my interest in environmental studies,”
he says. “He once said that the great thing about environmental studies is that
it is not about the money, it is about our ability to conduct sound science and
ensure the legacy of our environment. I want to help promote a healthy environment
for future generations.”
Internships are just one of the opportunities offered by
The Randolph-Macon EDGE. Within the
Center for Personal and Career Development, The EDGE
is a four-year program designed to help students identify their career passions,
compete for meaningful employment and apply to graduate schools.
For 30 years, R-MC’s Bassett Internship Program
has been successfully placing students in internships both in the U.S. and around
the globe. Coordinated with the Center for Personal and Career Development, the
Bassett Internship Program works closely with students to help identify their interests
and match them with an appropriate internship opportunity. Randolph-Macon’s
alumni provide a strong network of support for students throughout their
time at the college or in assisting them after graduation with career direction
Students may choose to pursue academic, paid, or volunteer internships in a wide
variety of settings; recent internships have seen R-MC students gaining valuable
knowledge and experience in fields including health care, finance, non-profit, communications
and media, education, politics and law, and the arts.