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StFX awards 2018 Wallace Family Internships; award helps students develop business ideas

May 14th, 2018
2018 Wallace Interns, l-r, Cameron Sehl, Kirsten Gallant, Emma Logan, Jenny Bowie and Emily Chisholm

Five StFX students—three individuals and one team—will spend the summer getting their business ideas ready to launch, thanks to receiving a 2018 Wallace Family Internship.

Through the generous support of the Wallace Family Entrepreneurship Fund, StFX Extension Innovation and Enterprise Centre (IEC) has awarded the four 2018 Wallace Family Internships to five innovative StFX students: Jenny Bowie, Emily Chisholm, Emma Logan, and the team of Cameron Sehl and Kirsten Gallant. 

The internships, worth up to $6,000 each or $10,000 for a team, are for StFX students enrolled in full-time study and support full-time employment for 12 weeks from May 8 until July 31.  

During this period, interns receive coaching and assistance from StFX Extension Innovation and Enterprise staff and faculty mentors, and take part in weekly business skill training workshops, meet entrepreneurs, and work closely with experts in their fields of interest. The self-directed learning experience helps strengthen entrepreneurial skills through the exploration and development of each student’s own innovative enterprise endeavour. 

“The Wallace Family Internship is a perfect example of how StFX provides students with opportunities that combine academic and experiential learning,” says Paula Brophy, Coordinator of the Wallace Family Internship.

“The caliber of applicants this year is a clear indicator of the amazing things that are happening across campus. The Wallace Family Interns have the opportunity to explore an idea they are passionate about and get paid for it – how often does that happen?”

Ms. Brophy says faculty mentors are essential to the success of the internship, providing guidance and industry expertise.

This year, faculty mentors include Dr. Neil Maltby working with Emma Logan; Dr. Dave Risk and Dr. Ryan Lukeman working with Cameron Sehl and Kirsten Gallant; Dr. Marcia English mentoring Emily Chisholm; and Dr. Dave Risk partnered with Jenny Bowie. 

The 2018 Wallace Interns and their projects include:

Jenny Bowie is in her second year of the StFX engineering program. With her new venture, “Aero-Opt Routing,” Ms. Bowie aims to develop the hardware to collect live data (speed, position, power etc.) from vehicles, as well as the computational process that would use that data to determine the aerodynamic drag on the vehicle. Since drag is the most important determinant of fuel economy, her product would find ways to reduce it, such as improved routing to avoid headwinds, and would inevitably save money.

Emily Chisholm’s new venture, “Fresh Fruit Forever,” developed out of her desire for fresh fruits and vegetables and her love of exploring food. Ms. Chisholm, a first year Bachelor of Science in human nutrition student, wants to develop a product for consumers that will maximize the preservation of fresh fruits and vegetables without altering the taste. The Wallace Internship will help her develop the product and get it market.

Emma Logan’s new venture, “Hearing for All,” is a not-for-profit hearing-aid recycling foundation. The third year Schwartz School of Business finance student wants to develop the research and planning needed to create a foundation that will collect and refurbish donated hearing aids. Once she has created a network of contacts and volunteers and the necessary funding, Ms. Logan will arrange to have the hearing aids distributed to children with hearing loss in developing countries, with the help of volunteer audiologists and audiology students.

Cameron Sehl and Kirsten Gallant are both in the StFX Bachelor of Arts honours in economics program. Their new venture, “Symbi Medical,” based on a pilot program at a hospital in India, is a digital therapeutics company that uses accessible technology to improve health outcomes. Mr. Sehl and Ms. Gallant plan to focus and refine their business strategy, identify gaps in current health care services, and complete the technical development of the digital platform, which aims to use available technology, such as text and voice messages with cell phones, to change the current disconnect between doctors and patients, and between treatments and outcomes.

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