In an effort to integrate more fully into the Danish culture while studying abroad in Copenhagen, Billy Bird ’17 landed an internship as a student photographer with the Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS), where he was enrolled in the fall as a full-time student through the HWS Study Abroad Program.
Much of his internship entailed accompanying classes on various excursions across the city and throughout Denmark. Bird’s photos were posted on the DIS’ website and Facebook galleries, and will also be used in various print materials for the school such as their course curriculum guidebooks.
“The increased travel that the internship position required definitely improved my studies. The more I traveled and met new people, the better my experience became,” says Bird, a computer science major who studied video game development at DIS.
Bird says his favorite work trip was traveling to Helsinger with students and faculty in a marine biology class to observe porpoises in the Baltic Sea. Other highlights included travelling to a local hospital with a neuroscience class, and attending a lecture from the U.S. Ambassador to Denmark Rufus Gifford.
A testament to the Colleges’ expansive alum network, Bird found the internship through Katie McLean ’12, who is the marketing and communications coordinator for DIS.
At HWS, Bird is a student photographer for the Office of Communications and was a member of the Hobart rowing team during his first year and sophomore years.
A gallery of Bird’s photos is available here.
Above, Billy Bird ’17 helps document a computer science class tour in Frankfurt. The photo was taken by Bird’s DIS classmate, Marjorie Ann Cuerdo.