Supported by the Bickley Family Endowed International Internship Fund, Soren Anders-MacLeod ’18 and Lillian Heath ’17 have embarked on summer-long internships with premiere global businesses.
Anders-MacLeod is spending six weeks in Hong Kong, working for the leading luxury retailer DFS Group as a planning intern. In this position, he will have a number of roles as he supports the strategic goals in the company’s spirits division.
“Working with the spirits division at DFS Group will give me exposure to a fast-paced and dynamic industry and will allow me to utilize the skills I have gained from my HWS education,” says Anders-MacLeod, who is grateful to DFS Board member Edward Brennan P’06, P’10 for his assistance. “My involvement in coursework, study abroad and student clubs at HWS has allowed me to gain analytical abilities, international skills and leadership experience that will assist me in this role. Being able to work in the luxury retail travel industry with DFS will allow me to combine personal and academic interests and develop valuable experience.”
A double major in economics and international relations, Anders-Macleod works at the Salisbury Center for Career, Professional and Experiential Education and is a leader with the HWS Human Rights and Genocide Symposium. In the fall of 2016, he traveled to Nuremberg, Germany to attend the 10th International Humanitarian Law Dialogs. Anders-Macleod also studied abroad in Argentina and Peru.
Heath, who recently graduated magna cum laude with a major in psychology and minor in entrepreneurial studies, began her summer internship at the Salt Lake City, Utah, office of Wren & Fida International, a premier group and incentive travel company specializing in international travel for private companies and educational institutions. After orientation and training in Salt Lake City, Heath will work with Wren & Fida to plan and lead a trip to one of the company’s dozens of destinations around the world.
Having studied abroad in Ireland and Indonesia, Heath brings a “love for travel” as well as a broad range of experience with previous internships involving communications, marketing and social media.
As a student, Heath was inducted to Psi Chi, the international psychology honors society; performed in Koshare; and served as a global ambassador for the Center for Global Education and a volunteer with the Geneva Boys and Girls Club. She also worked as an assistant for the HWS Education Office and served as an Orientation Mentor in 2015 and 2016.
Established in 2012 by a gift from Ian and Kimberly Bickley P’14, the Bickley Fund enables students to supplement classroom education with internship experience, in retail or consumer industries, abroad or with a U.S. company’s international division.