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Bergami Family Summer Internship Provides Hands-On Learning

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Since she was in middle school, Alexandra Bakerman '14 has dreamed of a career in which she would have the opportunity to train marine mammals. "My goal is to make a difference in the lives of animals and the people who encounter these animals," she said. "I want to be responsible for the animals' well-being."

Bakerman, a marine biology major, took a significant step forward in preparing for her dream career last summer when she interned at Dolphin Cove, a marine education and dolphin swim facility in Key Largo, Fla.

She spent the summer interacting with animal trainers and the dolphins who call the facility home.

"Dolphin Cove put all of my knowledge to the test in a professional setting,” she said. “I was rewarded for my hard work by gaining immediate feedback and constructive criticism on my skills. This will benefit me in my future career."
Her unpaid internship was supported with a stipend made available through the Bergami Family Summer Internship Program. Sam Bergami ’85 EMBA is a member of the University’s Board of Governors and a former Board chair. 

Bakerman said that without the stipend, she would not have been able to take part in the internship experience. “The generosity of the Bergami family provides students the ability to participate in hands-on internship experiences, which furthers the University’s commitment to this important learning tool.”

Kyle Woodworth ’15 was part of the first group of students two years ago to participate in the Bergami Family Summer Internship program.

Within minutes of stepping into the Jon Kilmer Studios in New York City on his first day, Woodworth, a music industry major, met one of his favorite artists, Logic, a rapper from Maryland. 

“My jaw dropped,” he remembered. “I thought to myself, ‘Ok, I can do this all summer.’ It was an inspiring moment.”

At the beginning of the internship, Woodworth said he was unsure what part of the music industry he wanted to specialize in. The summer living and working in New York City helped him home in on a career path. “Working with Jon made me realize how much I love being in the recording studio environment, and I decided that was the path I wanted to go after.”

Building on his experiences at the Jon Kilmer Studios, Woodworth spent last summer interning at a recording studio in Nashville. He plans to move back there after graduation. One day, he hopes to open his own recording studio.

He credits the University’s focus on experiential education for putting him on the fast track to success.

“You really start to learn when you get an opportunity to go out and actually work and experience the field you are interested in,” he said. “UNH’s strong belief in this concept played a major role in my decision to attend this university.”

This story, by UNH Today Editor Dave Cranshaworiginally appeared in UNH Today in March 2014.