Brianne Ellis ’13 wants to help “create change” in the world. With the help of the Charles H. Salisbury Summer International Internship Stipend, she is off to a great start in South Africa.
As one of three students to be awarded a $20,000 stipend this summer, Ellis received the honor based on her proposal to work at the Global Environment and Technology Foundation (GETF). With headquarters in Washington, D.C., the organization aims to implement safe water, sanitation and hygiene programs and infrastructures around the world. Ellis is serving as a liaison intern for GETF in Johannesburg, South Africa. She is currently interning at the Coca-Cola Africa Foundation, managing and supporting initiatives for ongoing programs.
“I am working with the RAIN Replenish Africa Initiative, Water Development Alliance WADA and RAIN Water for Schools RWS. I will also be visiting field sites around South Africa and other African countries,” she says.
Ellis is a double major in sociology/anthropology and Latin American studies with a minor in child advocacy. “My relevant coursework has prepared me immensely. I am confident to speak and voice my opinions during meetings, accurately report and work on projects, approach field sites and projects with an acceptance and understanding,” she says.
On campus, Ellis is president of the junior class, captain of HWS Cheers, a Teaching Fellow for the anthropology department, and a tour guide and senior interviewer in the Office of Admissions. She also studied abroad in Argentina.
“My experiences on campus have always revolved around learning as much as I can to be a global citizen and leave an impact on the world,” she says.
The Salisbury Stipend 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.
In the photo above, Salisbury Summer International Internship Stipend Award recipient Brianne Ellis ’13 stands before a banner promoting clean water as she works with the Global Environment Technology Foundation in South Africa.