How I spent my summer internship
As promotions coordinator for the
Hudson Valley Renegades, Jessie
Kavana '12 assisted in sales and
helped to make each game
entertaining. More photos below.
September 13, 2012
From South America to Africa to Saratoga Springs, 63 Skidmore students had internship experiences this summer that many called “life changing,” “amazing,” and “confidence-building.”
Here’s a small sampling:
- Jennifer Parke ’12, a double major in economics and Spanish, immersed herself in Peruvian culture by working for Arariwa, a microfinance bank committed to sustainable rural development through the support of small business initiatives;
- Kelsey Yam ’13, a management and business major, taught English and coached soccer with Soccer Without Borders in Kampala, Uganda;
- Joel Marte ’13, a sociology major, founded a basketball league for probation clients served by the New York City Department of Probation;
- Mohammed Saleem ’14, a double major in government and sociology, worked for New York City’s Department of Youth and Community Development, helping to run three after-school programs and working with youths to provide community service;
- MacKenzie Staub ’13, who is majoring in social work, engaged with Saratoga Economic Opportunity Council’s services for backstretch workers at the Saratoga Race Course, teaching English, assisting with translations, and helping with a photography exhibit.
“I don’t think I could have found a better internship for myself,” Staub said. “I was able to practice my Spanish every day, have an inside look on how to manage a fairly new NGO, learn about immigration laws, and develop strong friendships with the people I worked with.”
“One of my biggest takeaways from this internship is the importance of passion,” said Marte.
Differing from Skidmore’s SEE-Beyond experiences in their focus on enabling students
to develop industry-specific abilities, these internships were support by diverse
funding sources, including donations from Skidmore alumni, parents, staff and friends;
the Student Government Association, Parents Council, and President’s Advisory Council;
and the New World Foundation in New York City.