Nina Luiggi ’18 has always been interested in psychology. “I think people are fascinating,” she says, “and I want to know what's going on in their minds and what makes them who they are.”
She came to Bryant, however, to push her boundaries. “I really liked the well-rounded nature of Bryant's education and how it would give me a flavor of both business and the liberal arts,” says Luiggi.
“I had lots of different interests,” Luiggi, a Division I tennis player, says. “So I thought, if I can keep my options open, and explore them, that would be ideal.”
Her interdisciplinary Design Thinking Process class allowed her to mix those interests. The innovative course integrated strategic management principles, high-level behavioral science concepts, and design thinking methods to help Fidelity Investments develop a strategy to encourage young investors to save for retirement.
“I truly believe I grew as a person through this experience” she says.
As a rising senior, Luiggi ’18 took advantage of a Bryant Summer Internship Fellowship to support a community planning and research internship at Caravan Studios, a San Francisco-based company that builds apps to help communities organize, access, and apply local resources to their most pressing problems.
This opportunity allowed Nina to work at the intersection of design thinking and community outreach to solve problems and apply the skills and knowledge she’s acquired in her study of psychology. She engaged with the local community, coordinated design sessions, and analyzed and summarized the results and findings.
“This internship is perfect for where I am,” she says.
Caravan Studios, community research and planning intern
• Engaged with the local community, coordinated design sessions, analyzed and summarized results and findings throughout the design-thinking process in the development of apps that address a civic need
Psychology/Management (PSY/MAN) 440: The Design Thinking Process
• Worked to develop ways to encourage young investors to save in an innovative course that integrated strategic management principles, high-level behavioral science concepts, and design thinking methods
• Assisted in planning and executed a design-thinking program for middle-school students
• “The Impact of Phonetic Symbolism On Perceptions of Positivity/Negativity” at the New England Psychological Association Annual Meeting
Applied Psychology Department Research Assistant
• Performed literature reviews and assisted Psychology faculty with research
• Part of 2015 NEC Championship winning team, named to the Second Team All-NEC at No. 4 singles, First Team All-NEC in No. 2 doubles
Academic Center for Excellence
• Conducted one-on-one tutoring in Math and French as well as drop-in sessions for students requiring Math help; working toward College Reading and Learning Association (CLRA) certification
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