Graduate Intern takes on SCSU roles

Jessica Pellegrino – General Assignment Reporter

After graduating from Southern Connecticut State University, students go in countless different directions. A select few Owls, however, keep their feet planted on SCSU soil.

Southern hires Graduate Interns in nearly all of its offices including Residence Life, Academics, Health Services and Student Life to name a few. The Graduate Internship program on campus allows students to take master’s programs and continue working at Southern.

Rachel Noto, class of 2014, is a graduate intern on Southern’s campus. She interns at the Office of Student Life and Leadership Development. Currently, she is preparing to start her Masters Degree in Counselor Education with a Specialization in Student Development in Higher Education at Central Connecticut State University.

“I am so thrilled to be a part of Southern’s Graduate Intern cohort. My specific internship is in The Office of Student Involvement and Leadership Development,” says Noto. “I focus on community outreach: working with Southern’s Greek Life community, as well as seeking out service opportunities to engage our Southern Owls.”

Noto will work with organizations to help with recruitment, membership engagement and organizations’ community service endeavors.

“My responsibilities include working with SCSU’s Service Commission to organize some of Southern’s largest and very successful community service events such as The Day of Service, Adopt A Family, Friends of Rudolph and The BIG Event,” says Noto.

Not only is Noto responsible for coordinating Southern Connecticut State University’s larger whole community based events, she also desires to create relationships with individuals in organizations. She plans to work with organizations to better them and strengthen Southern’s already impressive Student Life.

She says, “I also have the honor of working with some of our greatest student leaders: the Greek Life community. One of my goals this year is to create greater awareness about the importance of community service and encourage student participation in events on and off campus.”

Noto believes that every student on campus can find their place. Noto loved her undergraduate career on Southern’s campus. She herself was involved in her major and Greek Life amongst other things.

“I graduated from SCSU in May 2015 with my Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing,” says Noto.  “What I love most about Southern is that there is something here for everyone. Southern is where I found myself through leadership opportunities and community engagement. I also love the support students receive from the outstanding faculty and staff. Every member of the SCSU community is willing to help you get answers and make the most out of your Southern years. I love that I can be the best that I can be at Southern Connecticut State University.”

This Graduate Internship is ideal for Noto because her Master’s program focuses on Higher Education. She says, “What I am really looking forward to is being able to take what I am learning in the classroom, about student development in higher education, and connect it to my graduate internship position. I have such a passion for student success, and am really looking forward to helping Southern students find their voice on campus.”

Noto can be found in the Office of Student Life or contacted at

Photo Credit: Rachel Noto


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