The Charles H. Salisbury Jr. ’63, P’94, L.H.D.’08 Summer International Internship Stipend will send three recipients — Talia Azour ’16, Caitlin Petty ’16 and John (Jack) Slattery ’16 — to a combined total of nine countries on three continents to pursue their passions.
Azour, a double major in international relations and sociology, will travel to New York, Argentina and Malaysia to intern with IPG Mediabrands, an international company that works with many of the world’s largest companies, specializing in consumer advertising, digital marketing, communications planning and media buying, public relations, and specialty marketing. Azour will work at the Initiative office in Buenos Aires and the Universal McCann office in Kuala Lumpur.
Last summer, Azour earned the Bickley Family Endowed International Internship Fund, which enabled her to travel to New York and London, where she served as an international marketing intern for IngitionOne, working within the corporate marketing team. She assisted in crafting marketing and communication messaging and assisted in innovative marketing programs to drive demand.
“This summer, I want to expand on the skills I learned at IgnitionOne by working with large clients on all strategies of marketing, including media, digital, content, activation, strategy, social, and analytics at IPG Mediabrands,” Azour says. “One important component of my internship at IPG Mediabrands is the opportunity to use my Spanish language skills in the marketing industry. It is important for me to have the opportunity to market in Spanish because it will allow me to advance my communication skills internationally, across many Spanish-speaking countries.”
The previous summer, she worked abroad in Tel Aviv, Israel, through the Collegiate Leadership Institute Program Onward Israel. On campus, Azour is a residential assistant, tour guide, and a student worker for the Office of Student Activities, Office of Communications, and the Bristol Field House. She also is a chair of the Colleges Against Cancer Committee and an active member of the Hillel community.
“Working for IPG Mediabrands this summer is the most important and last opportunity I have before graduating to work with creative professionals in emerging international markets,” Azour says. “In both Buenos Aires and Kuala Lumpur, I will work with various teams including media, digital, content, activation, strategy, social, and analytics. I will follow the process of how the company works with clients and their ideas from start to finish. Working in both countries will broaden my perspective in order to become more educated about emerging markets around the world.”
Petty will spend her summer working in Italy at the Medici Archives Project (MAP), which, since its founding in the early 1990s, has been innovating new strategies for research in the Humanities while documenting the political, diplomatic, gastronomic, economic, artistic, scientific, military and medical culture of early modern Tuscany and Europe.
“Archival research is extraordinarily important for historians in all fields, and because I have no prior exposure to this aspect of the field, I will begin my internship by participating in a two-week Seminar on Paleography and Archival Research,” Petty says. “In this way, I will become more familiar with how the archives work, the types of sources scholars use, and with discerning the language and script from centuries past.”
Once this course is completed, Petty will assist Dr. Sheila Barker on a research project new to the MAP: examining 17th century source material concerning women artists and their contributions to the Scientific Revolution.
“I think that I am most excited for the opportunity to learn deeply from each experience that comes my way this summer as well as to discover new aspects of a field I am incredibly passionate about,” Petty says. “I am challenging myself to think of this entire opportunity as a learning experience; and so whether I am contemplating the historical significance of a letter written in the 17th century or buying produce at the local Florentine market, I am excited see what each moment has to teach me.”
During the early stages of its existence, MAP’s mission was to merge archival research with technological innovations for data management. Today, this archival collection — comprising more than four million letters distributed in 6,429 volumes and occupying a mile of shelf space — covers a chronological span of 200 years, from 1537 to 1743.
“One of my favorite aspects of studying art history is relying on primary sources,” says Petty, a double-major in art history and studio art minoring in European studies in antiquity. “The source can be a work of art itself, or writings of an artist, patron or assistant; but often times it is the culmination of material evidence that works together and brings history to life. Archival research is a skill that most students do not develop until they enter graduate school and I knew that through MAP I would gain the experience needed to discern my career path in the field of art history.”
Over the course of her internship, Petty will continue her studies in Italian at the Scuola Leonardo da Vinci in Florence and will complement her archival work with the study of Renaissance objects in the most important museums in Europe — in Paris, London, Berlin, Sicily, Athens and Amsterdam — which, she says, “will serve as a tremendous foundation for my future career as an art historian. My ultimate goal is to earn a Ph.D. and become a professor so that I may share my passion for art and culture with other students. Hobart and William Smith Colleges and Mr. Salisbury have afforded me an inestimable gift and in gratitude I will strive to learn from every experience I am presented with throughout the summer. This opportunity has already changed my life.”
Slattery, a public policy major with a concentration in foreign policy and a minor in English, will work at the New Carnegie Brewery in Stockholm, Sweden, with the brewery ambassador.
Built on Swedish soil with American influences, New Carnegie Brewery combines the brewing expertise of renowned Brooklyn Brewery Brewmaster Garrett Oliver with a team of hand-picked brewers. This relationship, Slattery says, “is what initially got me following the New Carnegie Brewery. Being from Brooklyn, I have always been surrounded by Brooklyn’s great culture, from music to food and beverage. I have experimented with brewing my own beer over the summer, too. My longtime exposure and connections in the industry have always had my interest but only recently has joining the industry become a reality.”
Through a long-time family friend, Fred Matt ’81, who is president of F.X. Matt Brewing Co. in Utica, N.Y., Slattery met Eric Ottaway, the general manager of Brooklyn Brewery.
“Brooklyn Brewery’s beer and brand are top notch and have played a major role in the rise of Brooklyn to the borough that we now know it as,” Slattery says. “So, naturally, Brooklyn’s endeavor in Stockholm was very interesting to me. With family from Sweden and a love of travelling, spending a summer in Scandinavia at New Carnegie Brewery seemed too good to be true. An infant brewery with the backing of Carlsberg and Brooklyn Brewery seemed like a fantastic place for me to learn about beer and the craft beer industry and business.”
At New Carnegie, Slattery will have a wide range of responsibilities, “from keeping the website up-to-date and captivating, to working with their social media outlet and planning and executing events that the brewery will both host and participate in. In addition I will have to be in touch with clients such as bars and restaurants to ensure that our product is displayed and served the way we want and to make sure that the bars have the proper signage and systems to serve our beer in the manner that we want. I will also spend time in between events working with the brewers in the lab and in the brewery. During this time I will work with kegging and bottling beers as well as the beer making itself. Finally, I will work with the distributors to learn about that side of the business as well.”
Slattery believe his experience at the New Carnegie Brewery will “be an education in itself,” he says. “At HWS I took Entrepreneurial Leadership and in the course I wrote a report on the craft beer boom. It will be great to learn about international business cooperation, sales, marketing, distribution, and the restaurant and brewery businesses.”
“For a while my goal was to get into government, law and or politics,” he says, noting that with a degree in public policy from HWS, that is still a very real possibility. “At the same time, I find the hospitality and beverage industry very intriguing. From wineries in the Finger Lakes, to breweries in Brooklyn and Stockholm, I see a lot of potential and promise in this kind of business for me. There are countless successful restaurateurs and beer and wine connoisseurs. I hope and think that this summer will really put me in a good position to continue in this field in the future.”
The Salisbury Stipend is one of the most ambitious programs in the Colleges’ history. Created in 2007 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 of 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 2014, Salisbury Stipend recipients spent their summers abroad in England, Italy, Romania, and New York. Kelly Haley ’15 participated in internships with The National Churches Trust in London, and the American Institute of Roman Culture in Italy, pursuing her passions for both architecture and historic preservation. Megan Soule ’15 lived and worked in Romania as part of a communications internship with the Reading and Writing for Critical Thinking International Consortium (RWCT IC), a formalized professional development program for educators at all levels of schooling. Kyle Zaverton ’15 gained critical international exposure to Asian markets and cultures, and spent time working in the New York and London marketplaces.