Over the past summer our brothers have had the opportunity to enjoy a break from the academic grind of the past two semesters. Many brothers were able to use this time to explore different industries through work and internships. These opportunities took FL Alpha across the nation as brothers found work in all different fields. Below you will find an assortment of experiences across the many fields of work our brothers took part in.
Business: We’ve all experienced obstacles over the past year and nobody exemplifies the perseverance of achieving one’s goals more than Brother Devin Katz. After his study abroad trip was canceled last minute, he applied to a banking position in various distant locations, one of which was in the final frontier. He quickly decided to move across the country for the summer where he worked at Northrim Bank helping to forgive PPP loans for businesses outside Anchorage, AK. Additionally, Brother Jake Glass took part in the business field working for Southeastern Grocers while other FL Alphas explored different firms such as Three Points Hospitality, CMI Packaging, International Finance Bank, and more.
Law: In the legal field, Brother Luke Jackson spent his summer days as a legal clerk at Taylor & Associates gaining value experience with practical work in litigation meetings, court hearings, and depositions. In a more public sector role Brother Will Munro researched Disability Law and the Disability Rights Movement in the United States through UF Student Legal Services. In this role he composed a fifteen-page paper discussing the COVID-19 Pandemic and Disability. The law industry also featured SigEp brothers working at various firms across the state in different legal fields, other sects of UF Student Legal Services and their personal offices studying for the law school entrance exam.
Medicine: In the medical field, Brothers Lucas Gelep and James Gelep worked with St. Michaels Eye & Laser Institute as technician assistants. Here, they learned more about a different medical field and had the opportunity to perform eye exams and testing. At UFHealth Shands Brother Dylon Wetzel spent his time monitoring the EKGs for all of the patients on telemetry in the emergency department. Moreover, he got firsthand experience in putting in stroke and trauma orders for doctors. Other medical work took brothers to positions at UF’s Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center, and various medical centers as they balanced their new positions with hitting the books in preparation for the medical school entrance exam.
Engineering: In the engineering field, Brother Victor Polisetty addressed bugs and implementation issues for insurance providers while spending his summer following his passion for software engineering at Sureify Labs. Likewise, Brother Dylan Hawley spent his summer in Pittsburgh, PA working for Astrobotic Technology. When asked about his role with the firm he shared, “I continued development on optical localization software which I originally developed in 2019 to help planetary rovers map out the environment.” This was all a part of a role he played in supporting multiple commercial research contracts under NASA’s Artemis program. More brothers put their educations at the Wertheim College of Engineering to work as they found roles in companies like Rockwell Automation, Stellar Group, CAPTEC Engineering, Inc., Black Knight, Inc., Nixon Power Services, TECO Peoples Gas, and more.
Miscellaneous: With a drive to explore and give back in the service industry, Brother Christian Lopez lead three two-week bike trips through Cape Cod and the surrounding islands. Here, as an Overland Summers trip leader he was able to positively impact others through a service-based internship. Additionally other brothers took part in various roles such as in a congressional internship through the US House of Representatives, as a computer auditor for Mac of All Trades, and in restaurants and retail gaining valuable customer service skills.