Since 2007, the Charles H. Salisbury Summer International Internship Stipend Award has given some of Hobart and William Smith’s finest students the opportunity to pursue their academic passions abroad, and this summer, three HWS students will be able to achieve a worldly, out-of-the-classroom education.
An economics major and international relations minor, Daniel Organ ’11 will spend this summer learning the international real estate business in Brazil. With two commercial real estate internships under his belt, Organ will work for Equity Group Investments.
“I’m excited to take my interest in real estate to the international level and get a different perspective on the way the market functions world-wide,” says Organ.
While in Brazil, Organ will meet with management teams of different sectors of the real estate market in Brazil to review their real estate portfolios, ascertain how each individual company will benefit from the emerging middle class and visit as many as six major Brazilian cities to understand each company’s assets.
Lisa Philippone ’11, a cultural anthropology major and environmental studies minor, will work on the Mansukh Organic farm in Rajasthan, India, where she worked during her semester abroad in 2009. On the family owned farm that grows produce and runs a school for underprivileged children in the village, she will farm, dig irrigation canals and teach computer and English classes.
As she said in her application, “The most important part of being an anthropologist is seeing the material you are studying firsthand. Participant observation is the key method: being able to interact with the people, exchange ideas and gain direct experience.”
All this experience will serve Philippone as an anthropologist, a humanitarian and a student, giving her valuable research opportunities, which will feed into the Honors project she began as an Independent Fieldwork Project in India.
Hobart architecture student Ben Ahearn ’11 participated in the Colleges’ Copenhagen, Denmark, program last fall and it changed the way he sees, thinks about and envisions design – and his future. His time in Denmark was spent in classes and touring the area, developing a sketchbook and opening his eyes to new possibilities – particularly in the area of sustainable design. With the help of the Salisbury Stipend, Ahearn will return this summer to work at and learn from one of the most forward-thinking firms in the city, Force 4 Architects.
“They do a lot of work for competitions, exploring new ideas and pushing boundaries – work that really excites me,” says Ahearn. He also intends to enroll in night language classes to help develop his verbal and written skills.
In addition to looking forward to his immersion in the world of European design, Ahearn is also eager to once again be part of a culture with which he so readily identified last fall, yet experience it in a very different way.
“I’m really looking forward to returning, visiting my former host family and living in that culture again,” he says. “My personality meshes with that of the Danes, and I am expecting to experience different views and social norms by living with a Danish roommate. I will also be living a more culturally immersed lifestyle, where I will not have the option of retreating to the comfort of my American friends from Danish Institute for Study Abroad.”
The Salisbury Stipend, now in its fourth year, is one of the most ambitious programs in the Colleges’ history. Created by Honorary Trustee Charles H. Salisbury Jr. ’63, P’94, L.H.D.’08, former chair of the HWS Board of Trustees, the fund provides financial support for each 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 career opportunities as well as an opportunity to test their skills and realize their potential.