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5 receive internships from Parents Council

May 11, 2012

5 receive internships from Parents Council

Parents council internship winners

2012 Parents Council Internship awardees: K
avana (left), Staub, Silver, Bouboushian.
(Eric Jenks photo)

Five students have received summer internships through Skidmore's Parents Council. The funding?$2,500 for each student ?will support summer work at organizations focused on athletics and humanitarian and peace initiatives, both here and abroad. 

Beneficiaries are Eden Dotan '13, who will work at the Saratoga-based Seeds for Peace organization. She received the Parents Council Internship Award. Mackenzie Staub '13 received the President's Advisory Council Award to support her work at the Saratoga County Economic Opportunity Council this summer.

The Parents Council funded one of the $2,500 stipends, and the President's Advisory Council another. Three more awards, funded by an anonymous Parents Council member, were designated as follows:

Zoe Silver '14, who plans to work as a mediation intern at the NY Peace Institute;

Rose Bouboushian '12, who will be an intern at two youth-focused programs based at the Peace Villages Foundation in Venezuela;

Jestine Kavana '12, who will be a promotions assistant with the Hudson Valley Renegades, a minor league baseball team affiliated with the Tampa Bay Rays.

A total of 75 students applied for either the Parents Council or President's Advisory Council Award, according to Penny Loretto, associate director of internships and experiential education at Skidmore's Career Development Center. Five finalists were selected to make a short presentation before the Parents Council during its late-April meeting on campus. Following deliberations, Jeff Mirkin, co-chair of Parents Council with his wife Allison, named Dotan and Staub as award recipients. He then made surprise announcement ? "an anonymous angel" stepped up to provide funding for three additional internships.

That announcement left Bouboushian "at a loss for words." Kavana said, "I had no idea. I am so happy!"

Loretto said that the growing popularity of funded internships at Skidmore demonstrates that students "have a better understanding of the value of gaining relevant work experience." Parents Council-funded internships are among the approximately 80 funded internships available to Skidmore students for the summer of 2012.



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