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Meet HRVI Alum Emma Dionne


Meet HRVI Alum Emma Dionne

Mar 23, 2022

close up of Emma, smiling, wearing a dark blue dress and her James Madison scholar pin

We continue our 20th anniversary intern alum spotlights with Emma Dionne, Marist ‘20.

Emma majored in History with a minor in Political Science and is a social studies teacher in Chelsea, Massachusetts.

Emma shares how her HRVI experience has advanced her professional pursuits: 

"During my time at HRVI, I was able to gain experience and confidence with interviewing subjects in a professional setting, and presenting my research to an audience. Through being a part of a documentary that the team was working on, I had the opportunity to do research in the Marist archives, craft interview questions, and interview subjects with a camera crew. As someone who lacked confidence in presenting, the process that I went through for this project helped me to feel more comfortable doing so. These skills not only helped me through graduate school, where I defended my thesis, but also in the job interview process with numerous schools. Now as a teacher, I present daily in front of students and appreciate the experience and support that I was given while at HRVI. At HRVI, I did archival research and published an article in the Review, as well as presented my work at a virtual conference in the spring of 2020. The skills I acquired in researching and writing helped immensely with my graduate school applications and courses. I know that my time at HRVI has played a major role in my acceptance into a Master's program, my historical research and writing skills, and my current teaching philosophy. I'm grateful for the experiences that I had there and for the way that I was exposed to historical research outside of a typical classroom setting. I would recommend this internship to anyone who is looking into a career in history and wants to be a part of the work currently happening in the Hudson Valley!"

Read her full update here. This update, and all of the updates to be featured this year, will be linked to each alumni's name on the Interns page of the website.