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Interning in Haiti

More than three years after an earthquake devastated Haiti, the country is still struggling to rebuild and repair – and Hand in Hand for Haiti continues to do its part to help the country’s children. Now you, too, can work to make a difference in the lives of elementary-aged children in Haiti with a summer internship – the non-profit organization is now accepting applications for summer 2013 interns.

As an intern with Hand in Hand for Haiti, students will have the opportunity to work directly with kindergarten through third graders at a school in Saint-Marc, leading the children through various activities and games, athletic endeavors, as well as language activities designed to increase skill and proficiency.

Edward J. Brennan P’06, P’09, chief executive officer and chair of DFS Group, is one of the founding members of the school, and has worked tirelessly with the organization since its inception. Brennan has also provided a connection between the Colleges and Hand in Hand, visiting campus to conduct informational sessions and personal interviews for jobs and internships.

To date, several members of the HWS community have joined the school including William Smith alumna Catherine O’Connor ’11, who joined the organization as a teacher following graduation, and Hobart students Patrice Thomas ’13 and Jose Lamerique ’13, who served as interns in summer 2012. 

All class years and majors are encouraged to apply for the internship. Those with French and Creole language proficiency are valued. Resumes and cover letters can be submitted to Miranda Warder at Those with questions, or looking for further information should also contact Warder.

Internships will take place from June through mid-August, and students will return in time for the beginning of the fall semester. Housing and accommodations are provided by Hand in Hand for Haiti and are on school grounds.

Founded in response to the Jan. 12, 2010 earthquake, leaders in the travel retail industry partnered with Hand in Hand for Haiti as part of a pan-industry initiative to make a compassionate response through designing, building and operating a sustainable school. Located in the Commune of Saint-Marc, the state-of-the-art complex offers a hurricane-proof and anti-seismic school complex to provide quality education for children.

In 2010, Brennan received the HWS Career Services award, recognizing his significant effort in support of students through The Salisbury Center for Career Services and Professional Development programs.  More than a dozen HWS students have held internships with Brennan and DFS Galleria around the world, including Hong Kong and Abu Dhabi.

For more information about the organization and school, please visit Hand in Hand for Haiti.

The photo above features Edward J. Brennan P’06, P’09 leading a talk on campus.

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