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How I Spent My Summer Internship

Posted: 08/25/2011

Venturing to such far-off places as Nicaragua, Southern California, and Wisconsin, 64 Skidmore students this summer used College-awarded paid internships to experiment with jobs that match academic and personal interests, develop industry-specific abilities, find mentors, and build a network of professional contacts.

One student evaluated screenplays for Warner Brothers. Two worked in medical laboratories, working on new treatments for addiction and Lyme disease. Five spent their summer in New York City, helping the Department of Youth and Community Development run a summer youth employment program.

All appear to have benefited from the experience. Kyle Cassidy ’11 says the opportunity to work with a Wisconsin-based aquaponic systems was “invaluable” preparation for becoming a greenhouse manager. Raiza Nazareth ’12 says her work with New York City-based Empire Entertainment, Inc., which staged the Webby Awards and other major events, has opened her eyes to new careers in which she might combine her dual interests in music and business. Eliza Sherpa ’14 says her work with communities around New England in supporting sustainability practices has strengthened her commitment to grassroots organizing. (See story.)

Through their gifts to the College’s Summer Funded Internship Awards Program, which funded 15 students, parents and alumni play a key role in making these experiences possible, says Penny Loretto, interim director of career services. Through its “Responsible Citizenship Internship Awards,” the Student Government Association funded 30 internships, and the New World Foundation, which supports community activists in pursuit of social justice, funded 19.

Offered to Skidmore students for the first time this summer, the NWF internships – which carry a stipend of $3000 and include leadership and community organizing seminars coordinated by the the Roosevelt Institute – “gave us a nice boost to the number of opportunities we were able to fund this year," says Loretto.

To assemble this gallery, we asked all of the interns to send photos of themselves in their place of work, tell us a little about their assignments, and what they learned from the experience. To all who responded, we say thanks and congratulations on a job well done!

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