Aloysius Kolubah ’15 is currently interning with Smile Train, the world’s largest cleft palate charity. To date, the organization has provided more than 900,000 free cleft palate surgeries to children in 87 countries, and has provided training for doctors and medical professionals. Kolubah is working in the digital marketing department in the organization’s New York City headquarters.
As a digital asset management intern, Kolubah is responsible for keeping track of the organization’s presence on the web and helping the department reach a vast audience with education about cleft palate and Smile Train’s mission. His largest project has been redesigning the overall look of the homepage and dashboard for Smile Train’s new website set to launch this fall. Additionally, he works on various projects that require editing digital assets for web or presentation use.
“This internship has truly provided me with unparalleled hands on experience and confidence,” says Kolubah. “My ideas and opinions are genuinely valued at Smile Train and I am constantly encouraged to think outside of the box creatively. Interning in such a nurturing environment has really allowed me to become more confident with my craft.”
A media and society major and international relations minor, Kolubah has been able to utilize much of the knowledge and experience he has gained at HWS throughout the internship.
“My time at HWS has really helped me develop and explore my interest in media studies,” Kolubah says. “One of my courses last semester focused on the concept of media in relation to a collective. I learned about the power of the collective and the many ways people connect, and the role of social media in fostering these communities. Now, I have an amazing opportunity to take what I have learned in the classroom and apply it in the field.”
Kolubah is the recipient of the John P. and Linda L. Hellstrom Endowed Scholarship. On campus, he is the president of the Caribbean Student Association, a voting member on the Budget Allocation Committee, and a choreographer/dance for the Koshare Dance Collective.
“I plan on pursuing a career in marketing,” Kolubah says. “And having the opportunity to take such a diverse mixture of courses has truly helped me grow as a creative and critical thinker.”