Elan Rice '14 interned at Bon Secours St. Mary's Hospital.
Priceless. That’s how Randolph-Macon College student Elan Rice ’14 describes his recent internship. Rice spent January Term (J-term) shadowing Certified Child Life Specialist Ilona Scanlon at Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital in Richmond, Virginia. Child Life Specialists are pediatric health care professionals who work with children and families to help them cope with the challenges of hospitalization, illness and disability. Rice, a psychology major and English literature minor, says the internship helped him reaffirm his career plans.
“As children, we hear about what it’s like to have a particular career, but an internship gives a real, unfiltered view of a profession,” he says. “You see firsthand what a job entails; that’s something you can’t get anywhere else. I knew that if I was going to commit to a career as a Child Life Specialist, I wouldn’t know if it was the right choice for me until I got some real-world experience.”
Getting the EDGE at R-MCThe Randolph-Macon College experience gives students The EDGE through an exceptional education, faculty mentorship, alumni connections and career preparation for a competitive advantage in the marketplace and lifelong success.
Yellow Jackets learn how to be leaders, thinkers, and communicators, and they can put it all into practice with a tailor-made internship—essential experience in today’s competitive job market. R-MC’s Bassett Internship Program has placed more than 3,000 students in internships in the U.S. and abroad since 1982. The program provides students the resources to identify and pursue academic, paid, or volunteer internships in any career field.
MentorshipBefore beginning his internship, Rice worked with the EDGE staff to build up his résumé. The EDGE, within the Center for Career and Personal Development, gives students a competitive advantage in the job market or graduate-school admissions process. Workshops, internships, one-on one advising and a host of other resources ensure that students who graduate from R-MC are lifelong learners who can think critically and adapt to new situations.
“Internships are a great way for a student to observe and ‘get a taste’ of specific professions,” says Scanlon. “I worked with Elan to help him improve his observation skills and to show him how to apply some of the child development/child psychology theories he’s learned at R-MC to real-life situations.”
Future PlansRice’s post-R-MC plans include giving back and looking forward.
“I am applying to participate in a program called Israel Teaching Fellows, in which I will live in Israel for a year and teach English to at-risk youth,” he says. “After that, I will return to the States and go to grad school, where I can become a certified Child Life Specialist.” Wherever life takes him, Rice knows he’ll always be a Yellow Jacket.
“The most valuable things at R-MC are the education and the networking opportunities,” he says. “With small class sizes, you are able to build personal relationships with your professors; they are always willing to give you the tools and resources you need to succeed. The networking opportunities—with classmates, alumni, professors, and staff—are amazing. The thought of post-college life can be terrifying, but I can confidently say that I am not worried at all. Randolph-Macon’s network is unlike any other, and I know that if I ever am in need of assistance, R-MC will be there for me.”
The Randolph-Macon EDGEThe EDGE is an intensive four-year program that prepares students for life after college. Located within the Career for Personal and Professional Development, the EDGE gives students a competitive advantage in the job market or graduate-school admissions process. Workshops, internships, one-on one advising and a host of other resources ensure that students who graduate from R-MC are lifelong learners who can think critically and adapt to new situations.