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CAMPUS PROFILE 

Multilingual senior
Schuyler Cowan, an
Italian and politics
major, won a Fulbright
to teach English in
Germany.

Dean of the Faculty
Sonya Stephens says
Mount Holyoke needs
to "bring in a class we
can afford."

| Mount Holyoke College  | South Hadley, Massachusetts

Historian Holly
Hanson's class on
global inequality
addresses questions
she first asked herself
as a teenager in Africa.

Schuyler Cowan, an Italian and politics major from Lake
Placid, New York, spent her internship in Venice translating
documents for the website of Ca' Foscari University. She believes it helped her win a Fulbright, as four other seniors did
this year. Cowan will teach English in Germany.
When Jenny Watermill was hired by the Career Development Center in 2008 to coordinate internships, two others did
similar work. Now there are four full-time staff and a dozen
others who also spend time on internships.
"The wonderful thing is students are no longer evaluated
for internship (grants); if you're a student, you get it. What
we evaluate are the quality of the internships," said Eleanor
Townsley, associate dean of the faculty.
The guaranteed funding for an internship is part of the college's Lynk Initiative to connect academic work with practical
applications of the liberal arts. The college emphasizes course
work and skill-building in preparation for the summer internships and research. Back on campus afterwards, many make
presentations at a student showcase on their experiences.

Supplementing, Not Supplanting,
Study Abroad
The internships are intended to supplement, not supplant,
study abroad. "The most important thing for us, actually, is the
Ethiopian student
Sinafik Gebru won
blend of international internships and study abroad opportunia study abroad
ties," said Stephens. Students who enroll in classes abroad pay
Astronomy professor
scholarship to Costa
Darby Dyer
the tuition and fees charged by the program or host university.
Rica.
For most it costs less than earning those credits on campus.
Students on financial aid receive Laurel Fellowships to help pay for
the college's decision in 2014 to fund with its own dollars summer
internships for sophomores or juniors. They are guaranteed $3,000 Mount Holyoke's own study abroad programs in Montpellier, France;
if they land an unpaid U.S. internship or $3,600 to work internation- Shanghai, China; and Monteverde, Costa Rica, or other preferred
programs and exchanges. When Sinafik Gebru, a biology major from
ally. The cost in 2014 alone was $1.4 million.
A third of the 400 students who took the college up on the offer Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, told her father she had won a Laurel Felin 2014 landed international placements in 52 countries. Their con- lowship to study environmental challenges in Costa Rica, he asked,
tributions ranged from participating in community outreach for an "Aren't you already studying abroad?" International students cannot
archaeological project on Easter Island to advising Fulbright applicants use Laurel Fellowships to study abroad in their home country.
Students' past preference for spring study abroad "created difin Brussels to teaching poor farmers in India to become beekeepers.
Alumnae abroad help the students find openings and often di- ficulties on campus. We had overcrowding in the fall and empty
rectly supervise and mentor them. "Mentorship is really important beds in the spring," said Joanne Picard, dean of international studies.
because we see the internship not just as a preprofessional experi- It righted the imbalance by waiving a $900 administrative fee for
ence, but a cocurricular experience," said Kirk Lange, director of studying abroad in the fall.
international experiential learning. Students must show how the
internships fit their learning goals "and both the host organization Bringing International Experts
and the student's faculty adviser must sign off on them."
to Class Remotely
Maggie Jacobi, a senior majoring in economics, worked as an Most faculty research grants in recent years have supported work
AIDS educator in Gulu, Uganda, said she "only had to pay $10 out done in other countries or with global partners. Many collaboraof pocket for the entire summer. This is a good environment to have tions cross disciplines. International relations professor Western
really big dreams."
and Spanish professor Rogelio Miñana team-teach a course that
Spanish professor
Rogelio Miñana's class
on Latin American
culture connects the
foreign and local
aspects.

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