This year, five Hobart and William Smith students have received the Charles H. Salisbury Summer International Internship Stipend, enabling them to explore their futures with internships at leading companies and organizations in a combined total of seven countries on five continents.
Selected from a pool of competitive applicants, Christian Damico ’17, Karoline Loretan ’17, Griffin Marsh ’17, Katie Meyer ’17 and Bennett Moore ’16 have been awarded between $10,000 and $15,000 each, to fund travel, lodging and expenses during their internships. Created in 2007 by Honorary Trustee Charles H. Salisbury Jr. ’63, P’94, L.H.D.’08, the Salisbury Stipend is one of the most ambitious programs in the Colleges’ history.
In New York City and Kowloon, Hong Kong, Damico will work at Colliers International, a prominent global commercial real estate company.
“My work will range from preliminary market research to financial modeling,” Damico says. “Thanks to the great HWS network, the Colliers team, and Mr. Charles Salisbury especially, this summer will be filled with challenges that will better prepare me for a career in real estate.”
Both Loretan and Meyer will intern at the internationally renowned marketing communication, media and technology firm IPG Mediabrands.
“IPG spearheads projects for Johnson & Johnson, Coca-Cola, Red Bull, Jeep, Sony and a countless range of other household names in varying markets. My role will take place in the strategy and planning department where a client’s vision will be taken from paper to product,” says Loretan.
With two weeks at the company’s global headquarters in New York City, followed by a month at the London office and a month in the Philippines, Loretan hopes “to gain a greater understanding of the advertising business and what is expected from professionals within the field. Above all, I’m looking forward to traveling to two wildly different parts of the world.”
Meyer will also spend two weeks at the IPG New York office, followed by a month in Sydney, Australia and a month in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
“I will work side by side with some of the best people in consumer advertising, digital marketing and specialty marketing, communications planning and media buying and public relations,” Meyer says. “My time at IPG Mediabrands will give me the experience I need in advertising and marketing to continue to pursue my goals and provide me with an advantage in understanding international markets.”
Marsh and Moore will work at Markit, a leading global financial information services company where HWS Trustee Calvin R. “Chip” Carver Jr. ’81 is a managing director and co-head of information at the company.
In New York, London and Singapore, Marsh will work with product and sales teams on a product called KY3P (Know Your Third Party) to understand how the product works for Markit’s clients. Marsh will then transition to a sales role and, after “working with other interns to maintain, improve and pitch the product,” he “will be on teams directly responsible for promoting the product and bringing in new clients.”
Moore, who will also work on KY3P in New York and Singapore, anticipates that the internship “will help me develop specialized consulting skills, become familiar with a professional financial environment, and work hand in hand with the industry’s experts building a valuable network that hopefully will lead to future opportunities. Along with the opportunity to experience all of this while immersed in a foreign culture, this internship will give me a competitive first step forward in achieving my goal of a career in financial services.”
The Salisbury Stipend provides financial support for 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.