Summer job hunt begins

With finals right around the corner, students may be stressed about their last minute assignments and exams. That stress does not end for students on the hunt for part-time or full-time summer jobs.

Some students who plan on staying in town said they are considering taking advantage of the close train station and checking out internships and jobs in New York City.

Junior Rory Manning said she has applied for an internship with the Attorney General’s Office in Newark and will be interviewing for the position on May 10.

When searching for internships, students can check with various organizations on campus that can recommend or refer businesses offering internships. Sophomore Cynthia Bell applied for an internship with the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, a nonprofit organization that helps to defend First Amendment rights on college campuses nationwide, in Philadelphia, PA.

“I found out about this internship through a campus organization, SHUSIL which stands for Seton Hall Students for Individual Liberty,” Bell said. “In the fall semester SHUSIL hosted a speaker from FIRE who spoke about the lack of free speech on college campuses and what students can to do protect their rights. I looked at FIRE’s website and learned they had an internship program so I applied. After a phone and in-person interview I was offered the position.”

While interning there this summer she will assist a mentor from the FIRE’s staff by working with the FIRE’s Campus Freedom Network and conducting research for the organizations other programs.

“I’m really excited to have the chance to participate in this internship because it’s an area of law that I’m interested in and I’m considering law school,” Bell said. “By having a chance to intern at FIRE I’ll be able to see firsthand if this is a career path that I want to pursue. Additionally, I’m excited to experience my first summer away from home and living by myself.”

Junior Victoria Leatherwood is working as an instructional aid at a special education school. Since most of the children are special education, she is trained in Non-Violent Crisis Intervention, which trains the staff in helping the students when they become violent to prevent the hurting themselves or others.

“As an instructional aide, I work with children in the classroom to make sure they are on task and offer one to one support for any student that needs it, since most of the students are in the same program and need that one to one help,” Leatherwood said.

Students who go home for the summer can check out your local day camp or pool club for jobs as a lifeguard or camp counselor. Freshmen Caitlin Timmerman will be working at a summer camp back at home in Parsippany as a camp counselor.

Jaqueline DeBenedetto can be reached at

Author: Staff Writer

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