Samantha Gebhart '11 (Freeland, Md.), transitioned smoothly from student to graduate, in large part due to her move from intern to full-time research assistant at the Johns Hopkins Behavioral Pharmacology Research Unit (BPRU).
“When I first started working at the BPRU, I was a little surprised with how much of what I learned in the classroom was actually relevant and helpful in the workplace,” she said. “I feel that YCP did a good job of preparing me to be a professional in the field of psychology.”
Samantha interned in the smoking department at the BPRU and now works in the hallucinogen department. The current study she is working on tests the effects of psilocybin on individuals suffering from anxiety or depression due to cancer.
Samantha said the psychology professors at York College were instrumental tools for her current success.
“Everyone at YCP is great!” she said. “Dr. Druen, Dr. Reed and Dr. Landau were the professors I interacted with the most. I especially miss having classes with them now that I’ve graduated.”
Her internship was also a great experience because it helped her network and apply her knowledge. She encourages students to get real-world experience.
“Do an internship!” Samantha said. “It’s hard to find a job out there right now, so the extra experience really helps build your resume. Just having to actually write out your resume to get an internship is a valuable experience in itself.”
Samantha’s experiences at York College reach beyond academics. As the former vice president of Psi Chi, Samantha believes strongly that students should get involved in campus organizations.
“It looks good on a resume too,” Samantha added.
By Katherine Gentile '12, Office of Communications intern