This summer, Emma Consoli ’20 is combining her interests in publishing with her passion for non-profit work as an intern with Kiwimbi International, a charity focused on supporting educational resources in rural Kenya. Both Janet Selover Wulster ’72 and former HWS Trustee Carol Ulmer ’72 serve on the organization’s board.
While working remotely, Consoli’s main project is to put together a book of stories written by eighth-grade Kenyan students. “It is my responsibility to conceptualize the finished product by considering how, where and when to include illustrations, what illustrations might work for each story, and compiling all of the components into a publishable manuscript,” says Consoli, who graduated with an international relations major and public policy, women’s studies and writing colleagues minors.
In addition, Consoli is reformatting a similar anthology published in 2015 and a collection of autobiographies from 2012 into a Kindle format. “This position is actually the perfect blend of two of my main career interests. Following my sophomore year, I had the opportunity to intern with an imprint of Penguin Random House in New York City and really fell in love with publishing, but had previously seen myself going into the non-profit world,” she says. “The opportunity to work with Kiwimbi and be a part of this storytelling initiative is the best of both worlds. I’m hoping to gain a lot more hands-on experience in the publishing process and non-profit management.”
She first learned of the opportunity with Kiwimbi from the Salisbury Center for Career, Professional and Experiential Education. As a student, she participated in the Pathways program and received Guaranteed Internship Funding for another experience with a non-profit in Philadelphia, the Race Institute for K-12 Educators.
On campus, Consoli believes her time as a chapter leader for Public Leadership Education Network and as a student worker for the William Smith Dean’s Office helped prepare for this experience. “PLEN was entirely student-driven, so the other chapter leaders and myself worked independently, coming together once a week to check in,” she says. “In the Dean’s Office, I learned how to pick up a project where a peer left off, and share responsibility for the work being done.”
She also credits her experience as both a Writing Colleague and a Writing Fellow with her ability to conceptualize writing projects and preserving an author’s voice through the editing process. On campus, she also worked as a tour guide with the Office of Admissions.