Aid for Students Studying Abroad – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Aid for Students Studying Abroad

Created by gifts from Charles H. Salisbury ’63, P’94, L.H.D. ’08, the Charles H. Salisbury Summer International Internship Stipend provides financial support of up to $15,000 for three 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 careers.  Mr. Salisbury’s generosity enable students the opportunity to test their skills and realize their potential.

On Tuesday, Feb. 9, the Salisbury Center for Career Services will sponsor an information session on the 2010 Charles H. Salisbury Summer International Internship Stipend and other Endowed Internship Funds at 7:30 p.m. in Coxe Hall 008. 

The Salisbury International Stipend award may provide a stipend for the internship, lodging, airfare, passport/visa expenses, meals, ground travel, traveler’s insurance, and/or other expenses related to an international internship opportunity.

Seher SyedAll rising sophomores, juniors and seniors enrolled at Hobart and William Smith Colleges are eligible to receive an award.  As part of the application process, students must include an essay, two letters of recommendation and unofficial transcripts along with a dean’s approval form.

Selected students will be required to maintain a personal journal about the internship during the eight-week experience that will be uploaded weekly to the HWS Web site. Upon return to campus in the fall, awardees are required to submit a five-page paper on the experience and make a presentation to peers to help recruit students for the following summer.

Other summer internship funding opportunities include: the Bowman Internship Fund for Leadership and Civic Engagement; the Charles H. Salisbury Jr. ’63, P’94 Endowed Internship Fund; the Ralph A. and Jane Pica Endowed Internship Fund; the John A. Ross ’66 Endowed Internship Fund; and L. Thomas Melly ’52 Endowed Internship Fund.

The Feb. 9 information session will feature presentations by 2009 Salisbury International Internship Stipend Recipients:

Economics and international relations double major Seher Syed ’10 interned at Grameen Bank in Bangladesh.  Her project focused on microfinance, a banking concept fully operating at Grameen Bank in Bangladesh that provides small loans known as microcredit to individuals in impoverished communities removing the need for collateral.  Centered in Dhaka, Syed assisted the bank with the training programs offered to potential replications of the Grameen model throughout Asia.  Additionally, Syed conducted exit client studies for Grameen within key areas of Bangladesh in order to determine client needs toward retention efforts.  Syed also conducted a study which linked the understanding of other issues, such as women empowerment and the replication of the Grameen model in other countries. She also had a valuable opportunity to attend the 54th Grameen Trust Dialogue Program, where she had a chance to met Nobel Laureate, Mohammad Yunus, who wrote, “Creating a World Without Poverty, Social Business and the Future of Capitalism.” 

Adam Croglia

Regina Triplett ’10, a biology major and cognition, logic and language minor, interned at the Geneva Neuroscience Center at the University of Geneva, Switzerland.  Triplett served as a member of the Patrik Vuilleumier, Ph.D., research group in the Behavioral Neurology and Imaging of Cognition Laboratory at the University of Geneva in Switzerland.  Triplett’s work focused on neurological research using Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging, fMRI, a new and noninvasive brain-mapping technology that uses elevated blood-oxygen levels to pinpoint specific regions in the brain that are activated during certain tasks. Specifically Triplett and the research team used fMRI to investigate activity in the amygdale, a brain region involved in responding to emotional stimuli.  She also participated in two international neurological conferences, toured several different hospital facilities, and attended weekly research presentations at the University of Geneva. 

Political Science and Comparative Ethnic Studies double major Adam Croglia ’10 interned at the Institute of International Education in Vietnam.  Croglia served as an integral member of the Institute of International Education (IIE), a multi-national non for profit organization founded in 1919 to promote peace and understanding through cultural exchange.  In  Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Croglia’s primary role included advising Vietnamese students on all aspects of attending universities in the United States and giving presentations on applying to U.S. universities.  He also participated in intra-city outreach travel to speak about American culture and education, developed advertising campaigns for American English Adventure Sessions and assisted with developing IIE advising centers within the region.

If you are interested in attending the information session, please email to reserve a seat. 

Applications will be available at this session and are currently available at the Career Services Office in Trinity Hall.  The application deadline for this year is March 29.