MAY 12

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Aiding Students on Their Journey Toward Success

Noah Allegretta and Maya Cohen

Internships provide excellent opportunities for students to integrate their classroom learning with on-the-job experiences and test their education’s practical applications in various settings. Understanding the importance of such opportunities for students, LVC works to ease the internship experience through the Steven K. and Wendie DiMatteo Holsinger Internship Fund, which helps students with reasonable costs associated with an internship including a stipend and travel and living expenses. 

Among the most recent DiMatteo-Holsinger Internship Fund recipients are Noah Allegretta ’21, a psychology major, and Maya Cohen ’21, a biology major. With the fund’s help, Allegretta completed an internship with a guidance counselor in his hometown of Shenandoah, Pa., and Cohen interned at the Fox Chase Cancer Center in the Cancer Epigenetics Lab in Philadelphia, Pa. 

“Due to my internship being unpaid, the DiMatteo-Holsinger Internship Fund enabled me to spend the maximum amount of time working at the internship,” reflected Cohen.

As a guidance counselor intern, Allegretta’s responsibilities varied from setting up and attending meetings to listening to and assisting students going through troubling times. Allegretta also took on larger projects such as reworking the school curriculum, organizing documents, and helping create a better student experience. 

“Being in a school atmosphere was my favorite part of the experience,” recalled Allegretta, who is also a member of the LVC football team. “I want to work with younger students and aid them through all aspects, and this internship helped me gain experience into what exactly a guidance counselor does.” 

At the Fox Chase Cancer Center, Cohen worked in the Cancer Epigenetics Lab under Dr. Alfonso Bellacosa, a renowned cancer researcher. Her primary responsibilities included imaging various cell types and treatments under the microscope and observing morphological differences. Cohen spent a significant amount of time working with human melanoma cells under different treatments with an advanced confocal microscope.

While in the lab, Cohen gained invaluable skills and experiences. From working with specialized lab equipment to communicating with professionals, Cohen developed a new sense of confidence. 

“One of my favorite parts of my internship experience was sitting in on a series of virtual seminars hosted by doctors at Fox Chase,” said Cohen, a midfielder on the women's soccer team. “I attended a series focused on Next Generation Sequencing—a topic that is particularly interesting to me given my interest in genetics and genetic counseling.” 

As Allegretta and Cohen finish up their last semesters at LVC, they remain grateful for their internship experiences and work to apply their newfound skills in their future careers.

“I want to thank LVC for making my experience so much easier,” said Allegretta. “The DiMatteo-Holsinger Internship Fund made it possible for me to pursue my goals.” 


- Parker Gallagher, Marketing & Communications Student Assistant