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Good Morning, Vietnam

As a recipient of the 2009 Charles H. Salisbury Summer International Internship Stipend Award, Adam Croglia ’10 is taking advantage of the opportunity to travel and explore his interests, tackling an internship across the globe, at the southern end of Vietnam.

Croglia, a double major in political science and comparative ethics studies, is spending the summer interning in Ho Chi Minh City, at the Institute of International Education (IIE), a multinational not-for-profit organization founded in 1919 to promote peace and understanding through cultural exchange.  

Prior to the start of the internship, Croglia had been to Vietnam twice and was familiar with the culture.  “You pick up on many more intricacies when you live in a place as opposed to simple visiting. Much of my time has been spent becoming accustomed to the Vietnamese way of doing things”

At IIE, Croglia’s primary roles include advising Vietnamese students on all aspects of attending universities in the United States, coordinating college fairs and presentations on applying to U.S. colleges and universities, developing ad-campaigns for American English Adventure Sessions and helping to organize public events for the U.S. Consulate General, focusing on U.S. education.

“I enjoy being able to do a range of things and not have to focus on one area of specialty,” says Croglia, “It’s great to have the flexibility to make contributions to all aspects of an organization. I have learned a lot by challenging myself culturally and professionally.”

Croglia says that through his coursework he has “learned how to become culturally competent and adaptable” and that the internship “is a way to challenge what [he’s] learned and put theory into action.”

With ambitions of working as a diplomat with the Foreign Service, or breaking into the competitive field of international business law, Croglia says that no matter what career path he takes living and working abroad as given him necessary skills to begin.

“The most rewarding aspect of my internship is knowing that I have made a positive effect on students in Vietnam,” he says. 

The Salisbury Stipend, now in its third year, is one of the most ambitious programs in the Colleges’ history. Created by Honorary Trustee Charles H. Salisbury Jr. ’63, P’94, a former chairman of the HWS Board of Trustees, the fund provides financial support of up to $20,000 each for three students interested in pursuing an international internship experience in a location of the student’s choice.

In the photo above, Croglia is with Hobart Dean Eugen Baer. The photo was taken on campus this spring.