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NNJ-B2B Internships 2016


Carlos Macazana
Biology Major, PCCC B2B Research Internship at Dept. of Biology, Rutgers, Newark

Hello, my name is Carlos Macazana and I am currently enrolled at PCCC as a Biology Major. I joined the B2B program the second I heard about it from Professor Mayur in Biology I  last year during the fall semester of 2015. Although at the time my mind was set on reaching Veterinarian School and becoming a veterinarian, the experiences thar the B2B program has offered me has broadened my interests in possible future careers other than a veterinarian. I signed myself up for most of the trips that the B2B/STEM faculty members held and it has expanded my view of this wonderful field.

I am currently involved in two projects under the B2B program. One at Rutgers University, Department of Biology and the other at Wildlife Conservation Society, Department of Education. The B2B program has helped me get both these internships and served as a means to reach beyond the education that is obtained in a classroom. The experience and knowledge I have learnt throughout my internships has helped me obtain a position ahead of the curve and I strongly recommend for anyone with an interest in the STEM field to register for this program and involve yourself in the various opportunities that it offers. 

Ranfi Areche
CIS Major, PCCC B2B Research Internship at Aithent Inc.

My name is Ranfi Areche and I am a Computer Science major at Passaic County Community College and hope to obtain my bachelor's in Computer Science and pursue graduate studies. I would like to be a computer programmer. This past summer, B2B provided me the opportunity to do a research internship at "Aithent Inc." a software development company in NYC. This internship has been an amazing eye-opener for me giving me first hand look at how my knowledge and skills can be applied to accomplish real tasks and goals. In addition, it has given me insight into the work environment and career opportunities. I fully enjoyed the learning experience at Aithent as well as formed new connections. It was truly an experience that benefited me and one that I will never forget.  

Ramon Almonte
Engineering Major, PCCC B2B Research Internship at Dept. of Mathematics, Montclair State University

Who am I ? My name is Ramon Almonte and I am just a guy who is trying to make this world a better place. In order to do so, I enrolled in Passaic County Community College as an Engineering Major because for an Engineer changing the world is actually in the job description. My expected graduation date from PCCC is May 2017, and after this I am planning to continue my education at NJIT with the goal of obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. I also hope to pursue a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. One of my greatest passions is mathematics and with an opportunity provided by B2B program at PCCC, I was able to intern with the Math Department at Montclair State University. Along side with another PCCC student Monica Melse we studied a subsection of graph theory called Connectivity Index.

Juan Villegas
Biology Major, PCCC B2B Research Internship at Dept. of Microbiology, Rutgers, New Brunswick

My name is Juan Villegas. I will be attending Rutger University, Newark in the Fall where I will pursue a Bachelor's in Biology. Being part of the B2B program I was provided with many great opportunities, such as a summer internship with the Microbiology department at Rutgers. There I participated in a research project for Johnson & Johnson regarding the effect of blue light on P. acnes, the bacteria responsible of causing acne. This experience has made my love for science grow and has also opened the door to many other great opportunities.

Rebecca Vera
Biology Major, PCCC B2B Research Internship at Dept. of Chemistry, WPU.

As a young hispanic female student, B2B has opened unexpected doors for me that will propel me into a career in science. Early on, Prof. Mayur of the B2B program at PCCC encouraged me and showed me that success in the sciences was possible. As a biology major, my dream is to study Molecular Biology or Biochemistry at a four-year school and become employed as a research scientist. This summer I had the opportunity to participate in a research study at William Paterson University with Biochemistry professor, Dr. David Snyder. Throughout the internship, I had access to state-of-the-art facilities, worked side by side with other students, and gained invaluable experience by working under such a brilliant educator. The internship taught me that to succeed, I must always bring a good attitude and a willingness to work hard. Through my experience with the B2B program, I now feel confident that entering any institution or company I have the tools necessary to communicate with professionals and perform respectably. Understanding that the road may not always be easy and the path may not be clear can be intimidating, but knowing that there are resources and support absolutely makes the journey more enjoyable.

Christopher Medrano
CIS Major, PCCC B2B Research Internship at Dept. of Geoscience, NJCU

My name is Chris Medrano, I am an IT major here at PCCC. I am returning to school after 10 years to finish my degree. I work and go to school full time. I plan to continue my studies and pursue a bachelors and hopefully master degree. I would love a career in web development / cyber security post graduation. This B2B research opportunity was a great way to learn, build a network, and build up my resume while making some money at the same time. During the internship I met and worked with some great professors and students. I had a blast! This will definitely be a summer I won’t forget.

Jason Herrera
Engineering Major, PCCC B2B Research Internship at Dept. of Geoscience, NJCU

My name is Jason Herrera, I am from Peru and my major is Mechanical Engineering. I have always liked math and science, actually I am part of the STEM program. Since I was a kid I always have liked to play with Lego and to build a lot of things, knowing this my parents told me it would be a good idea for me to study engineering, so in the future I could create bigger and better things that could also help people. One of my passions is drawing, I really like it, I am always incorporating new techniques and materials in order to make my drawings better. I joined B2B program because I knew it could be something for my future and also to contribute and share my ideas and knowledge with other people. It is the first time that I am working in a project like this. It has helped me, not only on my academic side, but also as a person, one of the most important things that I have learned these months has been the importance of trees and the effect they have over a city, country and even the whole world. Trees are the lungs of the world, and is our responsibility as the habitants of such to take care and protect them.