Student Studying Behaviors at Food Psychology Lab Internship
June 1, 2017
BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— Illinois Wesleyan student Nghi Nguyen ’18 will spend her summer
studying factors surrounding how and why humans relate to food as an intern at the
Cornell University Food and Brand Lab.
An art and psychology double major, Nguyen believes the 8-week internship will expand her knowledge of
consumer behavior. “I will assist the lab with data collection, write literature reviews,
and work on a project of my own,” she said. Nguyen said she believes she will also
utilize her graphic design skills in the lab’s creative work.
The Food and Brand Lab is an internationally recognized food psychology and consumer
behavior research lab. Researchers work to discover how humans relate to food with
the end goal of uncovering solutions to improve eating environments and helping individuals
“As an international student [from Vietnam], this opportunity is priceless because
I will learn more about a different part of the United States,” Nguyen said of the
chance to live in Ithaca, New York.
Summer is the most popular time for Illinois Wesleyan students to intern, with over
200 students interning at locations around the globe. “Internships are an essential
part of the college experience today, providing students with a taste of real-world
experience, a chance to start a professional network and gain relevant career skills,”
said Laurie Diekhoff, associate director for career engagement. In the Hart Career Center’s survey of 2016 graduates, 76 percent of students reported participating in at least
one internship during their time at Illinois Wesleyan. Thirty-six percent reported
receiving a full-time employment offer from an internship employer.