During their summer-long international internships in a combined total of nine countries on three continents, Salisbury Award-winners Talia Azour ’16, Caitlin Petty ’16 and John (Jack) Slattery ’16 detailed their work and travel through blogs as they deepened their experiential education.
Azour, a double major in international relations and sociology, interned with IPG Mediabrands, which 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. After two weeks at the IPG Mediabrands office in New York City, Azour worked at the Initiative office in Buenos Aires, Argentina for six weeks before she began work with Universal McCann in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
“Understanding the company is extremely important for all employees to really excel and become immersed in their work,” Azour wrote on her blog, TALIATRAVELSTHEWORLD, adding that her “co-workers have made this experience more than I could have ever dreamed of. My experiences have been made more so by the people who I have met here and who I have been fortunate enough to now call my friends.”
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.
“I am in awe at how quickly the time went,” she wrote. “This past week at work was filled with meeting after meeting on various projects Initiative is working on. The Spanish keeps on coming my way, as almost every meeting is in Spanish, if not Spanglish. I think my favorite part so far is being so involved in all the projects going on. I get to see firsthand what the briefs are from the clients, what the Job To Be Done (JTBD) is, and how it gets executed. On top of it, working with Unilever as a client is really amazing, as they have such huge brands. It is really spectacular and I am falling more and more in love with this agency!”
Having previously worked abroad in Tel Aviv, Israel, through the Collegiate Leadership Institute Program Onward Israel, Azour says that “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.”
Petty, who is worked at the Medici Archives Project (MAP) based in Florence, tracked her time in Italy on her blog, Un’estate Fiorentina, as she delved into archival research.
Since its founding in the early 1990s, MAP 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. 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.
“Along with the two-month internship itself,” Petty wrote, “I will begin my time at MAP with a two-week Seminar on paleography and archival research alongside scholars who are currently working on their own research. In addition, I will be taking Italian language courses in Florence as well as traveling to many of the most renowned art collections in Europe. Of the cities I plan to travel to, many of them are only a train ride away, for example, Italian cities such as Mantua, Ravenna, Rimini and Ferrara. Outside of Italy, my destinations include Paris, Sicily, London, Athens, Berlin, and Amsterdam.”
Having spent spring semester in Rome, Petty remained in Europe before the start of the internship and traveled to Paris and Florence, where she attended a conference with Assistant Professor of Art and Architecture Liliana Leopardi, Professor Emeritus of Art Elena Ciletti and Professor Sheila Barker, whom Petty worked with at the MAP.
At the conference, Petty wrote, “the questions posed forced me to think in truly new ways, and when there were concepts I did not quite understand, I focused my attention instead on the manner in which each person presented his or her work and exercised their public speaking skills. During the coffee breaks I met some truly incredible people. One graduate student at Syracuse University — my No. 1 choice for a master’s program — introduced me to her professor and answered all my questions. Many of the scholars, historians, and students I chatted with were impressed by the fact that I am still an undergraduate, and although I am completely new to this world of academia, I felt tremendously fortunate. The opportunity to see what is in my future as an art historian is truly spectacular.”
Petty’s work over the summer focused 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 said. “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.”
Slattery, a public policy major with a concentration in foreign policy and a minor in English, worked at the New Carnegie Brewery in Stockholm, Sweden, and blogged about his experience at SLATTERY’S SALISBURY SUMMER IN STOCKHOLM.
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 said, “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.”
Working with the brewery ambassador Steve Dippel, Slattery wrote that he was “charged with aiding him in his marketing and sales endeavors and with the planning and execution of several events that the Brewery will host and participate in throughout the summer.”
From kegging to cleaning to the actual brewing itself, Slattery experienced the full scope of brewery operations, as well as the challenges of the beverage industry.
“These challenges range from winning awards in order to get more beer on more shelves in more stores to the strict alcohol advertising laws here in Sweden,” he wrote. “All of these obstacles and more make growth of the brand and beer an exciting challenge for everyone in the brewery.”
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.