Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013
This summer, three students will pursue their ambitious academic passions across the globe with the assistance of the Charles H. Salisbury Summer International Internship Stipend Award. Founded in 2007, the annual award provides financial support to students pursing internships abroad.
Annie Mandart '14, a writing and rhetoric and women's studies double major, will use her stipend to travel to Beijing, China, where she will work for Zinch, a social networking company that connects students to colleges and scholarships in the United States and Asia. The company was recently acquired by online textbook rental company Chegg, which is headed by President and CEO Daniel L. Rosensweig '83.
At Zinch, Mandart will work in the areas of branding and marketing, as well as assist with online and offline events. The beginning of the internship will include a three-week training period in San Francisco, before making her way to the company's offices in Beijing. The work will present Mandart with the opportunity to interact directly with students within the Zinch community.
The internship will give Mandart a behind-the-scenes look at marketing from the office in California and the advancement of education in China, as well as managerial experience working to improve the quality of ads produced at an outsourcing agency in India.
Last summer with the help of a scholarship from the Office of Career Services, Mandart interned at 2adpro Media Solutions in India. Mandart will revisit the office this summer to assess the quality changes that may have occurred in the training programs she implemented.
"Communicating on a global level is of crucial importance in a world where we are increasingly connected," says Mandart. "After completing my three-part internship, I am confident that I will have the communications skillset necessary for advertising advocacy and health to a global audience. I plan to use communication not only for influence or profit, but to promote health education for a better tomorrow."
Mandart plans to take a hands-on approach to all of her endeavors - creating fun videos, enticing public service campaigns and attention-grabbing ads.
"I want to experience other cultures by learning and living with them. This summer will allow me to experience the world while also preparing me for the future. With the preparation of my global experiences, I know I will be able to do my dreams justice."
Kathryn Middleton '14, a computer science major, will use her Salisbury Internship stipend to spend a summer working with Markit, a leading global financial information services company, in London and India. Markit's chief operations officer is HWS Trustee Calvin R. "Chip" Carver Jr. '81. Middleton's internship will focus on various aspects of the company's operations, encompassing analytics, data, distribution and indices.
The focus of the internship will be to review product development, including how a specific product is managed and delivered to Markit clients. One of the challenges that Middleton looks forward to addressing is working to help the company efficiently develop and operate a product that appeals to key players in different geographical locations.
Middleton sees the internship as an opportunity to gain in-depth insight into how diverse cultures approach technology. "I appreciate the value of new perspectives. When you understand different world cultures, you can better understand the end users of technology," explains Middleton. "The American consumer, Indian consumer and European consumer are all looking for different qualities. Having a greater understanding of other cultures will allow me to reach a broader market and satisfy more people."
The first portion of the internship in New York City and London will allow Middleton to become familiar with the product that has been selected for review. During this time, she will work with members of the sales team and the project manager before being assigned a mentor to help her navigate her work.
At Markit's offices in India, Middleton will study the company's growth strategy, spending nearly eight weeks reviewing all forms of communication and working to understand the challenges and opportunities inherent in selling a product from a distant location. Middleton will also have the chance to recommend improvements through detailed reports.
"Markit fits my ideal career profile," says Middleton. "From my past experience of traveling and solving new problems, I know that I will be prepared to handle the challenges. Having this experience abroad will allow me to be successful and innovative for solving technology issues that businesses will face in the future."
Samuel Williams '15, an environmental studies and political science double major, will spend the summer before his junior year interning as a research assistant to Dr. Paul Krusic, of the Department of Physical Geography and Quaternary Geology at Stockholm University. Conducting research in Greece, Williams and Krusic will use tree ring research and dendrochronology to study global climate change. Detailed analysis of the findings will be done in Stockholm, Sweden.
"One of the best tools for guiding our predictions into the future global climate is the ability to reconstruct and interpret extreme environmental consequences of climate change in the past," explains Williams. The project will have Williams using advanced tree ring measurements and samples of carbon from precisely dated wood to formulate a theory that plant life on earth is being affected by increasing levels of carbon emissions.
In both northern and southern regions of Greece, Williams will collect core samples from trees in high-elevation and semi-arid forests. Chosen because in the past these regions have produced accurate reconstructions of past climates, Williams' work will expand upon previous studies and predict climate models.
Williams' interest in climate change and understanding our planet's future was first ignited while taking geology courses at the Colleges. "During that class I learned what valuable information could be gained from the small rings inside of a tree - and the impact that these rings could have on understanding and using the past climate as a tool for the future," says Williams.
Following his turn from Greece and Sweden, Williams anticipates sharing his findings on campus in a public seminar. "It will be a great privilege to gain these experiences for myself, but in a broader light, sharing my experiences and inspiring others is just as important to me," explains Williams. "Because of my passion for this topic, I want to tell people about it; I want to get them interested in something that will inevitably play a major role in the health and wellbeing of our planet and its inhabitants."
The Salisbury Stipend is one of the most ambitious programs in the Colleges' history. Created by Honorary Trustee Charles H. Salisbury Jr. '63, P'94, L.H.D.'08, former chair of the HWS Board of Trustees, the fund provides financial support for each for three students interested in pursuing an international internship experience in a location of the student's choice. By supplementing classroom education with internship experience, students gain a practical understanding of the demands and rewards of future career opportunities as well as an opportunity to test their skills and realize their potential.