Switching her interest from counseling to research made a big difference for psychology student Victoria Drake. Not only did it lead to two exciting research internships at Viacom, but eventually led to positions at Nickelodeon and Hulu.
In the fall of her senior year, Victoria started as an intern at MTV doing consumer insights research. "It was a cool experience, very exciting," she said. "It was a different side of research, involving consumers and audiences." Wanting to stay at Viacom, she reapplied for a different department that spring and began a similar internship with its corporate research team. Once she graduated, Victoria began working as an analyst for Nickelodeon's digital ad sales research department.
Basking Ridge, NJ
Faculty Member Influence
Dr. [Gary] Lewandowski got me most interested in research. I had three classes with him and developed my thesis with him; he really tries to make you responsible for your thesis. He's so helpful and responsive and makes everything interesting and relatable. I actually worked with Dr. Lewandowski, Dr. [Lisa] Dinella, and two other students on research about girls who think they are princesses. We're putting our results together for publication.
Organizations that helped me as a student
I was involved in the Psychology Honor Society, Psi Chi; we did volunteer work and raised money after Sandy. It allowed me to talk to other people in my major and gave me an opportunity to serve the community. I also studied abroad in London in Fall 2010; it was really awesome. I got to go to four different countries and experience a lot of different things. It prepared me for the real world and being on my own.
Collaborations that I've been involved with
I worked as a lab manager in Dr. Lewandowski's Relationship Science Lab. And at the beginning of my senior year, I did an
independent study in research with Dr. Dinella about women in STEM careers.
Why I'm proud of Monmouth
It was a great experience. Specifically, the psychology program is phenomenal compared to other schools. Monmouth makes it about the experience—your field work, your thesis—which helps you find what you're good in. And the professors make it great.