When management major Michael Connelly '19 chose Emmanuel, he did so because of its location in Boston and its proximity to the city's "big players," at which he hoped to land an internship.
When Connor was working as an office assistant in Emmanuel's Office of Student Activities and Multicultural Programs in the summer of 2016, he sat in on various parent orientation sessions. During one of these info sessions, Connor spoke with a parent of an incoming biology student, a conversation that would eventually lead Connor to an internship opportunity at Boston Medical Center (BMC) that fall. Connor was hired as a clinical research assistant at BMC, a position he held during his senior year. In his role at BMC, Connor worked in the Department of Otolaryngology, which helps treat diseases of the ear, nose and throat. In this role, he had the responsibility of recruiting and enrolling patients for clinical studies, working primarily with head and neck cancer patients. Connor also managed and maintained the test data and was responsible for writing up project-related manuscripts. His position at BMC enabled him to gain a better understanding of the clinical research and trial process. Through this experience, Connor was able to bridge clinical knowledge with his liberal arts education, developing a special interest in social inequities in the realm of healthcare and giving him a glimpse into the career path in public health that he is pursuing. After graduating in 2017, Connor was hired as a full time clinical research assistant at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
"The classes I took exposed me to a much greater field of knowledge beyond biology and have challenged me to look at the world from a different perspective. This has led me to a great interest in public health, and in my career I hope to address and solve some of the inequities that are present in the world."