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Not Your Typical Summer Job: Duquesne Biomedical Engineering Students Getting Hands-On Field Experience

While many college students find themselves babysitting, lifeguarding or scooping ice cream over summer break, 24 of Duquesne University's biomedical engineering students have secured internships and fellowships with various companies, universities and research institutions, some of whom only are rising sophomores.

"The summertime is perfect for internships and fellowships," said Dr. John Viator, program director of the biomedical engineering program. "It takes a lot of your time, but you have the opportunity to get out there, learn a lot, see a new place, and you come back the following year with extra knowledge and motivation to keep you going."

Julianna Twigg, a pre-med student enrolled in the biomedical engineering program, is currently serving in Ghana, where she assists in providing medical care to rural populations.

Many of the 24 students had several offers for internships this summer, some accepting positions at national organizations like St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and the National Institutes of Health, as well as with local companies and organizations like Daedalus and the University of Pittsburgh. "I think that's a nice validation that our education is of great interest to local employers," said Viator.

Launched during the 2014-2015 academic year, the program will boast students from all four classes this fall for the first time. Enrollment in the program currently sits at 63, but will augment to over 100 when the new academic year begins.

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