Three students – Felipe Estefan ’08, Diana Haydock ’09 and Christina Kinnevey ’09 – have been selected as the winners of the 2007 Charles H. Salisbury Summer International Internship Stipend. Through the award, the recipients will be given the opportunity to pursue their career goals anywhere in the world.
The Salisbury Stipend, now in its second year, is one of the most ambitious programs in the Colleges’ history. Created by Trustee Charles H. Salisbury Jr. ’63, P’94, a former chairman of the HWS Board of Trustees, the fund provides financial support of up to $15,000 each for 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.
“The Salisbury Stipend equips students for the future,” said Bob Murphy, director of career services. “An international internship is a springboard to some of the best careers in the 21st century.”
Estefan, a media and society and international relations major, will be interning with the Mexican Institute of Cinematography in Mexico City. He hopes to pursue a career in public relations in the entertainment industry with an international organization. As an intern he will outline the laws pertaining to the creation and distribution of Mexican cinema and serve on a task force to plan and implement the promotion of films. Estefan will also conduct research on the impact of contemporary Mexican cinema as an expression of socio-political change.
A major in art history and European history, Haydock is headed to Florence, Italy. The junior plans to get hands-on experience with art therapy and help expand museum exhibits that allow people with disabilities to enjoy a variety of art forms. The Stamperia Braille, a public-owned Braille press, is collaborating with the Alinari Museum to create a photography exhibit for the visually impaired. Haydock will be working with both organizations and the Institute for the Blind, creating, exhibiting and promoting relief interpretations of photographic masterpieces. She will also take a language course in Florence to enhance her Italian language skills.
Kinnevey’s clinical competency training, internships and premed coursework have gained her acceptance into the ProPeru Health Care Internship Program in Cusco, Peru. The biology major will work in rural clinics, participate in outreach programs and collaborate with medical providers to develop and implement preventive health care strategies. Kinnevey will build upon five years of Spanish instruction through living with a host family, the ProWorld language instruction program and an assigned personal instructor to enhance her medical terminology.
Previous recipients of the Salisbury Summer International Internship Stipend have used the experience to pursue careers in related fields after graduation. Jane Erickson ’07, who worked with the National University of Ireland to create opportunities in service learning, recently received a Fulbright award that will take her to classrooms in Indonesia. Linh Nguyen ’07, who interned as a research assistant to Vietnam’s leading scholar in women’s studies, will continue her research in graduate school and Leanne Roncolato ’07 will return to her former internship site, the International Labor Organization in Geneva, Switzerland.
“This is a global world and we’re a global institution,” said Salisbury in a recent interview. “I got my overseas experience in a blue U.S. Air Force uniform, but things are different now. We need to look beyond our 50 states and outward into the world.”
Photos, from top to bottom, Felipe Estefan ’08, Diana Haydock ’09 and Christina Kinnevey ’09.