Posted on Friday, April 25, 2014
Three students completed international internships that will provide critical insight and a distinct advantage as each pursues his or her career. Kelly Haley '15, Megan Soule '15 and Kyle Zaverton '15 were selected to receive Charles H. Salisbury Summer International Internship Stipend Awards from among a competitive pool of applicants. Their experiences took them through a combined seven countries.
Haley, an architectural studies and history double major, participated in internships with The National Churches Trust in London, and the American Institute of Roman Culture in Italy, pursuing her passions for both architecture and historic preservation.
"The field of historic preservation in the United States, still relatively new, has been influenced greatly by successful efforts by government and non-profit organizations based in London, England and Rome, Italy," explains Haley. "These organizations have helped preserve, reconstruct and rehabilitate countless buildings, landscapes and monuments throughout England and Italy and have inspired organizations in the U.S. to promote similar preservation processes."
Haley had the opportunity to visit various restoration projects with the National Churches Trust, gaining knowledge of how architectural historians and conservation architects use the history of the building, the construction period's cultural context and the building methods employed to more accurately restore and preserve. In Rome, she worked on the Ostia Antica archaeological dig, which looks to shed light on Italy's history and culture at the time it was a major trading hub. Additionally, throughout the course of both internships she helped organize educational and fundraising events.
During her 10 weeks abroad, she took part in meetings and shadowing opportunities with some of the countries' most prominent preservation organizations, such as London Mural Preservation Society, The Georgian Group, the Twentieth Century Society, London Art School, Fondo Ambiente Italiano (also known as the Italian National Trust), as well as Venice in Peril. She traveled to historic cities, Bath and Cambridge, both of which have strong programs aimed at preserving England's architectural heritage, and to Pompeii and Herculaneum, ancient cities buried and uniquely preserved by Mt. Vesuvius' volcanic ash.
"Experiencing how government and non-profit organizations work oversees, and the significant influence they have had on the United States' developing programs, allowed me to further grasp the complexity of the preservation process and the importance of public awareness and education to better preserve America's cultural and architectural heritage," says Haley.
Soule lived and worked in Romania as part of a communications internship with the Reading and Writing for Critical Thinking International Consortium (RWCT IC), a formalized professional development program for educators at all levels of schooling. Having worked for the Communications Office at HWS, Soule used her background in videography and photography to help RWCT promote its research and projects. Professor of Education Charles Temple helped form the RWCT project nearly 20 years ago and is Soule's Honors adviser. He helped create the internship for the organization as RWCT does not have a communications staff or money to hire an intern.
Working primarily from its headquarters in Cluj, Soule helped the organization update its website to improve end-user experience and incorporate dynamic photos and videos (which entailed travel to Armenia, Lithuania and Kosovo) and produced material for an international conference that was held in Cluj in June.
"Although I believed I was well prepared for the internship at RWCT, I was also excited that this opportunity pushed my skills and ability to adapt," says Soule.
Exposure to a new international setting also gave Soule insight into communicating with an international audience. She had previously spent a semester in Rome, and traveled to Ecuador and France.
"Although the cultures of Western and Eastern Europe are quite different, living in Rome changed my perspective on adjusting and learning about new cultures," says Soule, who is a public policy major with plans to pursue a career in education public policy.
A dual major in mathematics and economics, Zaverton knows international experience is essential for him to attain his desired career working in strategic planning or consulting. Through the Salisbury stipend, Zaverton gained critical international exposure to Asian markets and cultures, and spent time working in the New York and London marketplaces this summer.
He interned with Markit, a leading global provider of financial information services, spending the first two weeks in the company's New York offices learning more about a new product Markit is assessing for the Asian marketplace. Following, he spent two months in Singapore, working directly with the president of Markit Kevin Gould, head of Asia Pacific operations. Zaverton gained hands-on experience in strategic planning, specifically how to develop a new market. His internship concluded with one week in London, where he presented to members of the company's senior management team on the findings of the project and provide recommendations for future actions. Markit's chief operations officer is HWS Trustee Calvin "Chip" R. Carver Jr. '81, who outlined the project Zaverton would work on this summer.
"These experiences allow me to differentiate myself from my peers as a serious, successful and determined candidate with international experience," says Zaverton. "The ability to tell a future employer that I experienced firsthand the intricacies of another culture will open many doors."
In addition to the award recipients, Salisbury Stipend award finalists Talia Azour '16 and Subin Nepal '15 took advantage of international experiences this summer, as did Emma McDowell '15. The Salisbury Center for Career Services and Professional Development provided funding to all three students.
Azour served as an international marketing intern for IngitionOne, working within the corporate marketing team in the New York, London and Brussels office. She assisted in crafting marketing and communication messaging and assisted in innovative marketing programs to drive demand.
McDowell led an education project and author a report for Water Ecuador, an NGO in rural Ecuador; she was also in charge of organizing and facilitating workshops and discussions with groups of Andean women while interning with Sharing Dreams, an NGO in Peru.
As an intern for The Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies, a premier South Asian think tank, Nepal gained a wide range of experience from article writing, to conference events to roundtable discussions with dignitaries and experts.
The Salisbury Stipend is one of the most ambitious programs in the Colleges' history. Created in 2007 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 of 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.
In 2013, Salisbury Stipend recipients spent their summers abroad in China, Greece, India and the United Kingdom. Annie Mandart '14 worked for Zinch, a social networking company in China that connects students to colleges and scholarships in the United States and Asia. Kathryn Middleton '14 interned with Markit in their London and India offices, and Samuel Williams '15 spent the summer conducting climate change research in Greece.
The photo above features (L-R) Kelly Haley '15, Kathryn Middleton '14, Honorary Trustee Charles H. Salisbury Jr. '63, P'94, L.H.D.'08, Megan Soule '15, Samuel Williams '15 and Annie Mandart '14.