Research Opportunities

Stonehill Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE)

The Stonehill Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) is an opportunity for students who have completed their first year at Stonehill to perform full-time, high-quality research over the summer months under the guidance of an expert faculty researcher. A student in the SURE program spends 8-10 weeks of the summer collaborating with a professor - and sometimes other students - on an original research project that fits into the faculty member’s overall research program. 

The experience includes postgraduate career seminars, program-wide outings, weekly lunches, and a student poster session in the fall. SURE students generally live on campus and receive a stipend for their summer work.

Recent Examples:

  • Interdisciplinary studies and religious studies double major Matthew Moschella ‘18 worked with Edward McGushin, associate professor of philosophy, on “Power, Freedom and the Aesthetics of Existence in Psychoanalysis after Foucault.” Drawing on recent work in developmental theory, psychoanalytic process and contemporary continental philosophy, their research argued that subjectivity is never static and that therefore change, resistance and freedom always remain possible within structures of domination.
  • Interdisciplinary studies major Melissa Mardo ‘17 worked with Christopher Wetzel, associate professor of sociology, on “Students in Action: The Changing Forms and Focus of Engagement in an Era of Globalization.” Building on other studies of student activism, their research considered how race and gender impact leadership and participation.
  • Interdisciplinary studies majors Hailey Chalhoub ’13 and Domenique Ciavattone ’13 worked with Christopher Wetzel, assistant professor of Sociology on “Students in Action: The Changing Forms and Focus of Engagement in an Era of Globalization.” In recent years, researchers have argued that increased educational demands and an unstable job market have resulted in a decline in student activism.

Being an Interdisciplinary Studies major allowed me to take a diverse group of classes in the Biology, Chemistry, Psychology and Healthcare Administration departments. This provided me with a well rounded education which helped me further my education in graduate school and has impacted my career.

Internship Opportunities

Places where Stonehill students have recently interned include:

  • Amesbury Council on Aging
  • Boston magazine
  • Boston Park Plaza
  • Brockton Neighborhood Health Center
  • Dunkin’ Brands
  • Floating Hospital at Tufts Medical Center
  • Good Samaritan Medical Center
  • Lloyd Animal Hospital
  • Lowell General Hospital
  • Massachusetts Department of Public Health
  • Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office
  • Rite Aid Pharmacies
  • Seaport Companies
  • Talbots

Career Development Resources for Students

The Stonehill Career Development Center offers extensive assistance to students seeking employment, pursuing advanced studies or participating in postgraduate service opportunities. By completing internships and utilizing mentors, students are empowered to build lifelong career management skills.

Interdisciplinary Studies-specific career resources

  • Extensive on-campus recruiting program for internships and entry-level jobs.
  • Annual career fairs and graduate school information sessions.
  • Externships and internships in New York; Washington, D.C.; and Los Angeles (weeklong and semesterlong programs).
  • Various industry-specific career lunches – arts administration, nonprofits, sustainability, retail management, event planning, biotech and pharmaceuticals, social media.

Active Mentors

  • Bergen & Parkinson LLC
  • Bright Horizons
    Corporate Recruiter
  • Columbia University
    Collections Assistant
  • Massachusetts General Hospital
    Nuclear Medicine Technologist
    Applications Specialist
  • Oregon Museum of Science & Industry
    Science Education Manager