Mount Ida’s close proximity to Boston presents students with endless internship opportunities. In the ultimate college town, however, competition runs high, especially at Boston’s world-class hospitals. Luckily, for Herb Storey ’13, a professional studies in education alumnus from Hammonton, N.J., he had the guidance of his professors to lead the way. Last semester, he spent his days as a Child Life Intern at Franciscan Hospital for Children, one of the country’s largest rehabilitation hospitals for children and adolescents in the Brighton neighborhood of Boston.

One major, multiple possibilities

As a professional studies in education major, Storey knew that he needed field experience before graduating. But, he did not want to take the traditional path of working in a school or classroom setting. He, instead, wanted to find new ways to gain exposure to the industry, and he did just that at the Franciscan Hospital for Children.

“There are so many routes you can take, which means the career options are limitless,” said Storey. “I can work in human resources, social services, health care, education or child psychology. This experience has taught me to never take anything for granted and I owe it all to Professor Susan Donnellan and Professor Suzanne St. Germain.”

Becoming a child life intern

Storey, a first-generation college student, has never been shy to jump into new activities. He was recruited for our football team where he played for two years. Also, as an Admissions Tour Guide, Diversity Peer Leader and mentor to fellow Mustang and younger brother, Houston, he became comfortable working in a variety of settings.

“At my internship, I worked to enhance patients’ emotional, social and cognitive growth during their hospital stay,” stated Storey. “It’s not easy to live in a hospital at a young age and I enjoyed making a difference in their lives.”

Meet Lizz Stepchin ’13, a fashion design alumna. Her senior collection, debuted in the “Spring Fashion Show” in May, featuring ready-to-wear designs inspired by the Viking Age history. As a recent graduate, Stepchin has already started her journey into the fashion world.

Mountida.edu: What made you decide to apply to Mount Ida?

Stepchin: I always knew that I wanted to go to a small school close to my hometown of Melrose, MA. When I visited Mount Ida on a tour, I was drawn to the supportive environment with professors who are eager to see you succeed. They truly care about helping students become the best fashion designers they can be, which pushed me to create finished products that they will remember for years to come.

Mountida.edu: How would you describe your style?

Stepchin: For me, it’s never been about couture or high-end fashion. It’s been about costuming. I love any and all of the Boston Con events, such as Anime Boston and the Sci-Fi Convention. There is so much creativity to see from fans’ costumes, including cloaks, corsets, and jewelry. In all of my garments, I tend to root them in history with a twist of fantasy interpretation as well.

Mountida.edu: Which fashion designer inspires you?

Stepchin: I am inspired by the work of costume designer Ngila Dickson. Her most notable work is from the movie “Lord of the Rings”. Dickson’s work with a late 17th and early 18th century look has resulted in more numerous nominations at the Oscars.

Mountida.edu: What is your ultimate dream in fashion design?

Stepchin: My plan is to attend New England Hair Academy in Malden, MA. I want to become a licensed cosmetologist because I believe having that extra skill set will give me the edge I need for the job hunt. As an aspiring costume designer, I have to know all aspects of fashion design. After that, I hope to find work in either the theatre or movie industry.

Interior design major Stephanie Lopilato ’14 won second place in the Student Design Competition at the Interior Design Career Day 2012. Held at The Boston Design Center, this event was organized by the New England chapters of the International Interior Design Association and American Society of Interior Designers. Budding designers had the chance to enter the design and technology competition to showcase their cutting-edge projects.

Lopilato’s project was created in her Interior Design 202 Commercial Design Studio course with Professor Courtnay Wallace who has a thriving architectural practice called e-volutions Designs on Newbury Street in Boston. The course focuses on design issues and presents students with the criteria that must be considered when selling spaces. Additionally, in the studio course, students learn how to expand their creativity as well as enhance product displays in small to medium-size design projects.

Many schools in New England participated in the 2012 Student Competition, including Wentworth Institute of Technology, New England School of Art and Design at Suffolk University, Newbury College, Endicott and the Boston Architectural College. Congratulations again to Stephanie Lopilato for representing Mount Ida with her prized project from Professor Wallace’s studio course.