Three students – Joshua Parks ’09, Kathryn Klutts ’09 and David Fisher ’10 – are pursuing their career goals abroad after being selected as the recipients of the 2008 Charles H. Salisbury Summer International Internship Stipend.
The award has given these students the opportunity to spend their summer anywhere around the globe to pursue their academic and professional passions. Now in its second year, the Salisbury Stipend is one of the most ambitious programs in the Colleges’ history. Created by Trustee Charles H. Salisbury Jr. ’63, P’94, former chairman of the HWS Board of Trustees, the fund provides financial support of up to $15,000 for each of three students interested in pursuing an international internship experience in a location of the student’s choice.
“This is a global world, and we’re a global institution,” said Salisbury. “I got my overseas experience in a blue U.S. Air Force uniform, but things are different now. We need to look beyond our 50 states and outward into the world.”
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. “The Salisbury Stipend equips students for the future,” said Director of Career Services Bob Murphy. “An international internship is a springboard to some of the best careers in the 21st century.”
Klutts, a double major in economics and Spanish with a minor in Latin American studies and mathematics, is in Hong Kong working with Duty Free Shops (DFS). Helping with the firm’s expansion into Abu Dhabi, Klutts works with the management team, observing and participating in all aspects of strategic planning. Additionally, by being responsible for such tasks as educating management on the local context, synchronizing team efforts and preparing analysis, updates and recommendations for senior executives, Klutts is broadening her perspective for an upcoming honors project dealing with social responsibility in financial firms.
Working at the U.S. Embassy Commercial Services Department, Fisher, a sophomore and international relations major with a minor in French, took his interests and studies to Paris, France. Advancing his career aspirations in international law and business, Fisher plans on using this experience to supplement nine years studying the French language and to deepen his knowledge and experience in the international business field. Fisher will assist trade specialists who are working with American firms. He will research potential French buyers of American products while helping to recruit potential American companies for French trade shows.
Confident that his internship will strengthen his pursuit of law school, Parks set off to Namibia, a small southern country in Africa. “Josh has been working with Legal Assistance of the Finger Lakes in Geneva on legal software which makes legal information more accessible to lawyers,” explains Salisbury Center for Career Services Director Bob Murphy.
Parks’ main role is implementing the same software half-way around the world to network the country’s 40 lawyers spread out to the east and west of the country. “This will enable the lawyers in Namibia incredible, immediate information in order to communicate the law on a consistent basis.” “I’m really looking forward to this responsibility, as I have never had to so much in a completely foreign land before,” said Parks, a public policy major with a concentration in law. “I also am quite fascinated to see how the machinations of their justice system work when compared with ours.”
Top photo: 2008 Charles H. Salisbury Summer International Internship Recipient Katie Klutts ’09, drawing the winning name in an Abu Dhabi raffle as a part of her research for Discover Financial Services. Bottom photo: Joshua Parks ’09 in Namibia, where he is implementing software that will network lawyers throughout the country.