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PSS Spring '09 - The Houghton House Renaissance

From Theory to Practice

Students spend summer in Switzerland, Bangladesh and Vietnam

International Internships

Seher Syed '10 interned with Nobel Laureate and
Grameen Bank Founder Muhammad Yunus.

Seher Syed '10 interned with Nobel Laureate and Grameen Bank Founder
Muhammad Yunus.

The Charles H. Salisbury Summer International Internship Stipend Award is one of the most ambitious abroad programs in the Colleges' history. Since 2007, the stipend has given some of Hobart and William Smith's finest students the opportunity to gain internship experience while pursuing academic passions in a foreign country.

Created by Honorary Trustee Charles H. Salisbury Jr. '63, P'94, L.H.D.'08, the Stipend provides financial support of up to $15,000 for each of three students interested in pursuing an international internship experience in a location of their choice. This summer, the stipend supported Seher Syed '10, Regina Triplett '10, and Adam Croglia '10, who traveled to Bangladesh, Switzerland and Vietnam.

Regina Triplett '10 at the United Nations
Building in Geneva, Switzerland

Regina Triplett '10 at the United Nations Building in
Geneva, Switzerland

During her time in Bangladesh, Syed - an economics and international relations double major - interned at Grameen Bank, an institution founded by Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus. In addition to meeting Yunus, Syed completed a project focused on microfinance, which provides small loans to individuals in impoverished communities, removing the need for collateral.

"After looking into the organization as a whole, I realized that Grameen is doing a lot more than just making small loans," Syed says. "I realized that business entrepreneurship can combine social objectives as part of its overall goals to create sustainable business practices. In shaping my career goals, I know that whatever line of work I take on, I should not forget my social responsibilities."

Triplett traveled from Geneva, N.Y., to Geneva, Switzerland, to intern with a research group in the Behavioral Neurology and Imaging of Cognition Laboratory at the University of Geneva in Switzerland. She assisted in neurological research using Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging, fMRI, a new noninvasive brain-mapping technology that uses elevated blood-oxygen levels to pinpoint specific regions in the brain.

Adam Croglia '10 interned in
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Adam Croglia '10 interned in Ho Chi Minh City,
Vietnam.

"I conducted the brain scans and analyzed the images, which will help my team better understand how to treat common limitations associated with stroke patients," says Triplett, a double major in biology and cognition, logic and language.

"I'd like to think that I will be a better physician, scientist and human being as a result of what I learned in both Genevas."

A political science and comparative ethics studies double major, Croglia interned in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, at the Institute of International Education, where his primary roles included advising Vietnamese students who hope to attend colleges and universities in the United States, coordinating college fairs and presentations, developing ad campaigns and helping to organize public events for the U.S. Consulate General.

"It was great to have the flexibility to make contributions to all aspects of an organization," says Croglia. "I have learned by challenging myself culturally and professionally, and in doing so, have made a positive impact on students in Vietnam. This was an amazing opportunity given to me by Mr. Salisbury."