This summer, Danielle Shaw ’14 is working as a program coordinator for the Fund for Education Abroad, a nonprofit organization that provides American students with the opportunity to participate in high-quality and rigorous education abroad programs.
Through grants and scholarships, the Fund for Education Abroad helps students build foreign language skills, increase global perspectives, support social responsibility and recognize leaders in education abroad. During her internship, Shaw works remotely from her hometown in Vermont, where she assists the Fund for Education Abroad with day-to-day operations, as well as special projects and assignments via Skype.
“At my internship specifically I am in charge of student correspondence, which entails answering e-mail inquires from students about FEA’s scholarships and also corresponding with current scholars on FEA scholarship requirements while they are studying abroad. Along with student correspondence I am helping to improve FEA’s social media communication, by working on their Linkedin and Facebook presence. I also work on helping to improve the application process for students to apply for FEA grants by analyzing surveys given to applicants and reviewers,” says Shaw.
The Fund for Education Abroad has sent students to nations such as Thailand, Argentina, and South Africa, among others. Through the internship with the Fund for Education Abroad, Shaw hopes to gain experience that will help her follow her career goals, particularly opportunities in the nonprofit sector with focus on policy change.
Shaw says her academic and extracurricular experiences at HWS have helped prepare her for the internship with Fund for Education Abroad.
“The academic rigor that is required to successfully complete classes at Hobart and William Smith Colleges has prepared me through my courses I have improved my professional writing skills, and am able to juggle multiple tasks while giving each their needed attention,” Shaw says. “Along with the rigorous academic courses I have participated in, my two years as secretary of William Smith Congress and my internship last semester with Success for Geneva’s Children has helped prepare me to take on large individual projects and complete them successfully.”
As Shaw readies herself for the summer internship, she says she would not have had the opportunity to work for Fund for Education Abroad without the support of the Salisbury Center for Career Services and Professional Development, which assisted her with writing a cover letter and resume, as well as other support.
At HWS, Shaw has been a member of HWS Leads, served as secretary of William Smith Congress, and also has been a part of the Laurel Society. Majoring in sociology with an education minor, Shaw also is a member of Hai Timiai, a senior honor society.