NORTON, Mass. - Several Wheaton College student-athletes have earned fellowships this summer through the Filene Center for Academic Advising and Career Services that will enrich their academic experiences.
The Davis International and Porter Cleveland fellowships are just a few examples of the Wheaton Edge – a promise that every single student will receive financial support for an internship, research position or other experiential learning opportunity by the time they graduate.
Throughout the summer, the athletics department will feature the student-athletes taking part in these fellowships, including a middle hitter from the volleyball team Claire Cansler '19.
A double major in anthropology and economics, Cansler, will intern with the Ronald Reagan Foundation in Simi Valley, Calif.
Wheaton Athletics: Tell me a little bit about your fellowship.
Claire Cansler: I hold the Wheaton Edge fellowship. I am interning for the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation & Institute in Simi Valley, CA. This internship offers me a training program as well as opportunities to work at events and network with professionals. For example, on July 22nd I am assisting in hosting an event for the Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, here at the foundation.
WA: What interested you in the fellowship?
CC: I was interested in this fellowship because I wanted to gain experience working for a world-class organization and a high paced office environment. I have an interest in civil service, and this internship has given me a peek into what that career could look like.
WA: What experiences are you hoping to gain from your fellowship?
CC: The experience I hope to gain from this opportunity is improving my ability to work under pressure in a fast-paced environment, quick decision making when meeting a deadline, and improving my skills in marketing and event planning.
WA: What are your career aspirations and how will this help you achieve them?
CC: My career aspirations include working in either civil service or federal law enforcement. This experience will help me reach my career aspirations by giving me a small taste of what it's like to work with people who have already held a career in civil service or law. It has allowed me to network with them and receive a tremendous amount of advice from them.
WA: How will this experience make you a better leader at Wheaton and on your team?
CC: This experience will make me a better leader at Wheaton and on my team because it has truly taught me the important qualities a leader should possess and how a leader is someone who fights for their team and protects their team. Being at this internship, I am constantly surrounded by great world leaders who encourage me to be a leader as well.
WA: Finally, why do you think these opportunities are beneficial to Wheaton students?
CC: These opportunities are beneficial to Wheaton students because they allow students to work in fields that they are interested in. Students are able to see if what they are interested is really for them or if they think they would want to take their career in another direction.