This year, five Hobart and William Smith students have received the Charles H. Salisbury Summer International Internship Stipend, enabling them to explore their diverse aspirations at leading companies and organizations in Australia and Asia, including Singapore and Hong Kong.
Selected from a pool of competitive applicants, Ali Burns ’18, Krista Federow ’18, Bryan Huynh ’18, Veronica Mann ’17 and Dominic Padula ’18 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 and former Chair of the Board Charles H. Salisbury Jr. ’63, P’94, L.H.D.’08, the Salisbury Stipend is the most ambitious internship program in the Colleges’ history.
At IPG Mediabrands, which develops advertising, marketing and communications strategies for many of the world’s largest companies, both Burns and Federow will go through a two-week training and orientation at the company’s New York headquarters before traveling to Sydney, Australia, to work with top creative professionals on media campaigns in international markets.
As an HWS student, Burns has “been able to grow as a leader and become involved on campus.” The media and society major and entrepreneurial studies minor says she looks forward to applying her studies and “learning how IPG maintains a top global firm while completing projects for reputable brands in such a competitive industry. I am truly honored to be one of the recipients for the Salisbury award and am excited to share my experience with the HWS community.”
“When looking for summer internships, I was looking for a position in the marketing and advertising industry that was going to challenge and push me out of my comfort zone. IPG offers just that,” says Federow, who is also majoring in media and society and minoring in entrepreneurial leadership and psychology. “In this position I am able to do the things I love—speaking with clients directly, working with a team to come up with ideas and have a hand in projects that make a difference.”
Federow and Burns received their internship through Donald Morrison P ’07, managing director at IPG’s global headquarters.
Huynh, a double major in English and psychology, says working in Admissions and utilizing the Office of Career Services helped raise his awareness to the variety of opportunities available in the business sector. This summer, he will head to IHS Markit in Singapore.
“One of the reasons why I love working for admissions is because I am able to interact with counselors, prospective students and their families every single day,” says Huynh. That person-to-person interaction, he explains, is what attracted him to IHS Markit, a leading global financial information services company where HWS Trustee Calvin R. “Chip” Carver Jr. ’81 served for years as a managing director and co-head of information at the company.
This summer in Singapore, Huynh will join the aerospace and defense security office of IHS Markit as a sales consultant intern and will also work with Stephen King ’11 in business development in the Asia-Pacific region.
Mann, a political science major, will begin the summer 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, before heading abroad.
“I will be assisting in planning and organizing many different trips, and then in the fall I will be headed to Asia to accompany an educational travel trip in six countries,” says Mann. “While I am most looking forward to traveling, I love that I have found a position where sales, marketing and hospitality have all fit together…I know this opportunity will lead to great things and I cannot thank Mr. Salisbury and career services enough for helping me with this.”
For Padula, his internship with Colliers International in Hong King, the renowned global real estate firm, is a natural extension of the family construction business his father founded.
“Being around residential real estate my whole life, I have been given the opportunity to learn a large amount about all facets of the market,” explains Padula, a political science major and entrepreneurial studies and international relations double minor. “I wanted to branch out and learn as much as I could on a larger scale so I see no better place to begin that process than at a firm recognized as one of the best in the business.”
Padula, whose summer begins in New York before the second leg of the internship in Hong Kong, says he is “excited by the challenges that this move will present to me and how much I will learn from it.” He received the internship through Alexander Jinishian ’77, vice chairman at Colliers.
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.