Posted on Tuesday, April 12, 2011
The Charles H. Salisbury Summer International Internship Stipend Award, a prestigious stipend granted annually to ambitious students since 2007, has been given to three HWS students who exemplify academic passion and possess a desire to expand their knowledge abroad. This summer, each of the students will have the opportunity to experience a unique, beyond-the-classroom internship.
Wendi Bacon '12, a biochemistry and Spanish double major, will spend her summer as a research assistant at the Department of Hematology in the Cambridge Institute of Medical Research in Cambridge, England. Under the guidance of senior research associate Dr. Katrina Ottersbach, Bacon will examine the blood stem cell niche in mice in order to improve the treatment of blood cancers.
"With this internship I will be able to complete ground-breaking research with a world-renowned hematologist, network and learn at two major conferences, and meet the founders of my honors project research field - audio visual translation," says Bacon, who will attend the 16th Congress of the European Hematology Association in London and the Fourth Annual Stem Cells Europe Conference in Edinburgh, Scotland. Bacon also plans to use her internship as a base for applying for the highly competitive Rhodes, Marshall and Gates Cambridge scholarships.
Bacon, an Elizabeth Blackwell Scholar, spent last summer as a student researcher at Duke Medical University's Adult Bone Marrow Transplant Clinic, and has served as a nursing assistant on the medical floor of Geneva General Hospital. On campus, Bacon created a weekly Tae-Kwon-Do program, which she teaches to HWS students and children at the Boys and Girls Club of Geneva.
Tom Luly '12, a Russian area studies and political science double major, has been accepted for an internship at the Carnegie Moscow Center, a division of the DC-based Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. The think-tank draws on the expertise of prominent figures from Russia's public and private spheres to formulate policy recommendations on key foreign and domestic issues. As part of the center, Luly will assist with policy research.
Luly, who spent fall of 2010 abroad in Yaroslavl, Russia, sees this internship as an opportunity to expand his career and personal goals. He is considering careers in both the public and private sectors, and this internship will prove invaluable in exploring his options.
"I am incredibly excited about this position," remarks Luly. "Working alongside the fellows at Carnegie Moscow this summer will give me an extraordinary opportunity to acquire hands-on experience. This internship is a major step forward on the educational and career path I've been developing since high school."
On campus, Luly is a member of the Hobart Student Government and Russian Society. Recently, he placed first in the 2010 New York State Russian Language Skills Competition.
Rosemary Scheibel '12, an international relations and Latin American studies double major, will use her Salisbury stipend to work for the Foundation for Sustainable Development in Tola, Nicaragua. Through the foundation, Scheibel will work for the secondary school Centro Escolar Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, where her responsibilities will include training teachers in English language programs and computer skills.
In addition to these duties, Scheibel plans to use her experience in public service and as an athlete to help design a special project at the school. "The program director in Tola has suggested I focus on creating a project that incorporates the school children in community development initiatives as well as create a sports team or clinic in order to engage students in afterschool sporting events," says Scheibel. "This internship pulls together all of my strengths and will be a key factor in the shaping of my future."
The internship will also provide Scheibel with an excellent foundation as she plans for a future in the Peace Corps and a career in Latin American Development and NGO work.
Scheibel spends her time on campus contributing as a co-coordinator for the Geneva Heroes program and as an America Reads volunteer. She has also studied abroad in Montevideo, Uruguay, where she assisted in building houses for the impoverished, and Seoul, South Korea, where she served as an English tutor and women's lacrosse coach.
The Salisbury Summer International Internship 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.