Student Testimonials Archive

Please read below some testimonials from SASAH students about their experiences. For older testimonials, click here.

2021-2022

Seoyeon Bae (SASAH & Major in Philosophy), Forest City Film Festival

The Forest City Film Festival gives you the skills you need for marketing and understanding the film industry. It allows you to obtain these skills under a friendly and comfortable environment where you have time to adjust and learn about festivals and what goes behind them. If you are interested in the film industry and what goes behind these festivals, consider this internship.

Holly Barrans (SASAH & Major in History), Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre

“I had the opportunity to work with the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre to improve the youth Psychiatry Program. From co-chairing meetings, doing presentations on youth mental health, creating infographics, conducting research, and much more, this was a rewarding and educational opportunity that I am so grateful to have completed.” 

Reese Berlin Bromstein (SASAH & HSP in English Language & Literature), Hive Media Group

“I loved working for Hive Media Group as a Mergers and Acquisitions Intern. M&A allowed me to work within a large ecosystem of sales, operations, and content, and move around in tangential job functions. The hands-on learning experiences I gathered at Hive will be critical for my future endeavours.”

Amber Carroll (SASAH & Major in Health Sciences), Academic Support and Engagement (Western University)

“The Academic Support and Engagement Transition Leader position gave me an opportunity to go from being an individual who dreaded public speaking to someone who loves engaging with an audience. Throughout the entire experience, I felt comfortable making mistakes and had a supportive team that felt like family.”  

Madyson Cooper (SASAH & HSP in Creative Writing and English Language & Literature), Weldon Library (Western University)

I really enjoyed working at the library [Western’s Weldon Library]! The training was thorough, and well taught, which made it easier to pick up the skills needed, and the scheduling was flexible which was really helpful, especially for full-time university students. The environment was also really nice, and there was a sense of camaraderie among all of the employees.”

Puneet Dhaliwal (SASAH & HSP in Kinesiology), YMCA Cedar Glen Outdoor Centre

“During my time with the YMCA at the Cedar Glen Outdoor Centre, I gained valuable experience within the field of education as I developed essential skills imperative for teaching such as collaboration, communication, and problem-solving. Not only that, but the experience was creatively challenging and fun as I assisted in creating lesson plans based on interactive experiences outdoors. With my newfound mentors, I was able to gain insight into unique careers in education which has opened new doors for potential careers, while making me hopeful for the future!”

Louisa He (SASAH & HSP in Psychology), Hive Media Group

“My time at Hive Media working as a social-media intern gave me valuable insight on the working environment and allowed me to apply the knowledge I learned at SASAH to the real world. Despite being plunged into an entirely unfamiliar environment, I found that all the employees were incredibly friendly and contributed to a great learning experience.”

Damaris Holmes (SASAH & Major in Linguistics), Western Linguistics

“Interning as a research assistant for Dr. Jeff Tennant in the linguistics department at Western provided me with incredible insight into how general knowledge learned in class translates to full-scale research. The opportunity to carry my skills from theory into practice through different software and research methods afforded me the opportunity to present our work at an international conference and will be invaluable in my career.” 

Rachael Jensen (SASAH & Major in Environment & Health, Minor in French), Greenpeace Canada

"Working with Greenpeace Canada on the Greenspeakers team was an amazing opportunity to share information about our environment and climate change with students while also gaining invaluable communication and leadership skills. Presenting to students and fostering relevant and forward-thinking discussion was so rewarding."

Joyce Choi Sze Leung (SASAH & Major in Linguistics), Speak Fluent

“My internship experience at Speak Fluent was a valuable opportunity for me to wear many hats; from writing email newsletters to devising next steps for their social campaigns, I gained a lot of first-hand experiences from taking on business development projects that contributed to the growth of a startup!”

Azadeh Odlin (SASAH & HSP in Creative Writing and English Language & Literature), Western Heads East

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic and its restrictions and through my Western Heads East internship, I had the chance to connect with an East African community partner and learn about the challenges of global development work. This experience has allowed me to learn alongside the community to look at the bright side of life.  

Rachel Tersch (SASAH & HSP in Creative Writing and English Language & Literature), Osborne Holdings

Working as a copywriting intern for Osborne Holdings was an experience that was truly beneficial to my personal growth as a writer. Not only did Oliver Osborne treat me as an equal and valued employee, but every step of the experience thoughtfully considered my takeaways from the experience.” 

Cole Van Der Velden (SASAH & HSP in Creative Writing and English Language & Literature), Osborne Holdings

“As a creative-writing student, I always knew that copywriting was a career possibility, but I never quite understood what it entailed. Through a Copywriting Internship at Osborne Holdings, under the brilliant mentorship of Oliver Osborne, I developed the skills I needed to be confident stepping into the professional world of copywriting, whether in marketing or beyond.”

Evalyn Watson (SASAH & HSP in Creative Writing and English Language & Literature), Impressive PR

"I had the most enriching experience both professionally and personally during my remote internship with Impressive PR. I worked with a fun and motivated team doing research, communicating with media, and tracked coverage to help to gain press for clients. I will value this experience as an amazing entrance into my career that allowed me to grow my professional confidence and skills.”

2020-2021

Reese Berlin Bromstein (SASAH & Major in English Language & Literature), The Walrus

“The opportunity to work with a company as revolutionary as The Walrus and gain experience in the rapidly changing online publishing industry was an honour. I loved being a Digital Intern at The Walrus as it combined my passion for storytelling, interest in web development and production, and content strategy.”  

QingXiao Cui (SASAH & Major in Linguistics, Minor in Creative Writing), Western Heads East

“I’m thankful to everyone at MikonoYetu and Western Heads East for their support, patience, and mentorship. I never imagined myself doing a remote website internship, but it taught me so much about how to work remotely, how to collaborate across long distances, and—importantly—how to work with technology even when it just doesn’t want to cooperate. Asante!“ 

Britney Forget (SASAH & Major in English Language & Literature, Minor in Philosophy), Timmins Public Library

Working at the Timmins Public Library in the midst of the COVID pandemic presented in equal parts challenges, opportunities, and growth. I worked on a fun and dynamic team adapting library resources to safely meet community needs and undertook a variety of projects that allowed me to exercise creativity and have a meaningful impact in the community.” 

 

Samantha Henderson-Whaley (SASAH & Major in Criminology), Hull & Hull LLP

“I am very grateful to have been able to complete my internship under the circumstances [COVID] and have enjoyed the opportunity to learn more about the legal profession. This experience has helped me develop a platform of knowledge and skills which I will be able to build upon in law school.”  

Rebecca Jackson (SASAH & Major in English Language & Literature, Minor in Italian Language & Culture), Center for Research on Health Equity and Social Inclusion

“For my Community Engaged Learning Placement, I worked with the Center for Research on Health Equity and Social Inclusion (CHRESI) to create an infographic that will supply healthcare providers with information on how they can provide better access to healthcare for Migrant Agricultural Workers. This internship allowed me to develop my research, communication, and design skills and it gave me the opportunity to form cross-discipline connections and actively benefit the wider local community.” 

Aleksandra Tosic (SASAH & Major in English Language & Literature, Minor in Biology), London Public Library R.E.A.D Program

“I found this experience very valuable in building teaching skills, interpersonal skills such as communication, creativity, flexibility, and organization, and in simply being a fun and happy time. I highly recommend this as a good volunteer experience, not just for those who want teaching practice, but for anyone who wants to have some fun while making a difference in a child’s life.” 

Celine Tsang (SASAH & Major in Linguistics), eSight

“Interning at eSight was a terrific experience. From learning hard skills in programs like WordPress and Sprout Social, to fine-tuning soft skills when managing a team of digital influencers, I am so grateful that I was able to work at this fast-paced startup that is changing lives.” 

 

Denise Zhu (SASAH & HSP in Creative Writing and English Language & Literature), Allied Global Marketing

“As a film and entertainment enthusiast interested in marketing, I couldn’t have asked for a more ideal internship. At Allied Global Marketing, I was engaged creatively and logistically while assisting with big-name film promotions across Canada. It was so exciting to see projects I worked on come to life!” 

2019-2020

Sophia Belyk (SASAH & Major in Media, Information & Technoculture, Minor in French Studies), Western Libraries

“I could not have asked for a more enriching learning experience than my Graphic Design internship with Western Libraries this summer. There was a great variety of work and a wonderful team of people supporting me and pushing me towards new learning opportunities, and it has left me feeling more confident about a future working in social media and graphic design.” 

Veronica Botnick (SASAH & Major in Media, Information & Technoculture, Minor in French Studies), London Children’s Connection

“Working with the London Children’s Connection gave me the opportunity to get involved with the greater London community and break out of the Western bubble. Spending my afternoons with the kindergarten class at Mountsfield was like taking a break from reality where I could explore imaginary lands, make arts and crafts, and enjoy the innocence of childhood. It did not feel like a chore but something I looked forward to every day.” 

Victoria Burnett (SASAH & Major in Classical Studies), Museum of Ontario Archaeology & Vindolanda Field School

"Engaging with the many different kinds of people in the various capacities within the Museum of Ontario Archaeology and the Vindolanda Field school was one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had. I got to learn from experts in their field on topics that I may have only tangentially knew before then, or had no previous knowledge of, that just enriched my time spent there. I cannot recommend the program or institutions enough, nor overstate how important the people I worked with became to me in the short times I worked with them."

Mackenzie Desbiens (SASAH & Major in Geography), Western International

“After spending my third year of university on exchange in the UK, I applied to be an International Learning Ambassador Team Leader through a work study position at Western International. Thankfully, this counted toward my CEL credit. My placement was rewarding because not only was I passionate about the work I was doing, I was also developing useful interpersonal and technical skills. SASAH’s CEL program will definitely help you develop real, valuable, skills that will make you feel prepared for the workplace after you graduate!” 

Amelia Eqbal (SASAH & Major in English Language & Literature), The Walrus

“I am a proud alumna of The Walrus internship program! Under the Digital Editorial department, I made valuable industry connections and learned pertinent editorial skills that gave me a better sense of the media landscape in Canada. I would recommend it to anyone looking to develop their communications skills and get a taste for the journalism industry.” 

Sierra Joseph (SASAH & Major in Women’s Studies), Disney World FLorida

“Working for Disney was a dream come true. Learning how Disney operates and becoming a cast member opened my eyes to how every Disney does is extensive, and everything works together to create magical moments. Using this experience as my SASAH internship made this a much more enriching and valuable experience that I will cherish forever.” 

Carina Pagotto (SASAH & Major in Art History & Studio Art), Judith and Norman Alix Art Gallery

"This internship at the Judith and Norman Alix Art Gallery was an incredible experience. Being someone who loves learning new things, this experience was perfect for me and gave me a taste of the real job possibilities out in the world for someone like me. At first it was hard for me to envision myself in a workplace environment as I loved both the research and artistic aspect of my double-major degree in Visual Arts and the School for Advanced Studies in the Arts and Humanities (SASAH). This opportunity gave me the perfect experience to do something I loved like researching artworks, building exhibits, and interacting with my community. This internship also gave me the opportunity to begin networking in the art community with Sonya, my supervisor, a reference for my future endeavours. My ability to adapt to circumstances while working towards my best, with a guiding hand from my coworkers, is the greatest skill I have developed during this internship. I also gained community outreach experience and developed my research and presentation skills as well as learned to contribute in a work environment. My internship is a testament to the value gained from a work-integrated-learning experience."

Will Sharpe (SASAH & Major in Media, Information & Technoculture), Forest City Film Festival

“As a lover of film, I couldn’t ask much more of my first internship: my experience at the Forest City Film Festival was an excellent way to apply the skills I’ve learned in SASAH and MIT to something real, and more importantly, something about which I really cared.”