Conlan is a senior at the University of Notre Dame studying Chemical Engineering with a concentration in Biomolecular Engineering. He comes from Washington, Missouri and participated in the CCI Summer internship program during the 2021 summer.
How did this experience affect your view and attachment to the South Bend/ Elkhart region?
I definitely connected more with the South Bend area this summer than I had the previous 3 years going to school here. I got to meet many South Bend residents and community leaders through work, and had many experiences outside of work as well: attending the Cubs game and visiting local restaurants. The region has lots to offer in terms of food, entertainment, and community.
What was the most rewarding experience in the program?
Reemphasizing the previous question, getting to know the South Bend region was extremely rewarding. That, along with implementing a temporary solution to serious health problems in the region were the most rewarding experiences.
How did your experience in the program enhance your academic and professional goals?
I utilized my critical thinking and experimental design skills this summer while working with the Lead Remediation team. I was also able to build relationships with community members, and fine tune my written and verbal communication skills, which is vital for any successful career.