Summer at BMC

Sun-soaked postcards from Bryn Mawr College

September 4, 2014
by Alyssa Banotai

A Postcard From: Siobhan Glynn ’17

siobhan_glynn1Name: Siobhan Glynn

Year: 2017

Major: Psychology

What’s happening? We’d love to hear how your internship is going! This summer I had taken on an internship at Massachusetts General Hospital, conducting animal psychiatry research. I assisted in studies investigating the sex differences within stress and anxiety disorders, such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Separate studies have deduced that women are more susceptible to PTSD and other anxiety disorders. Principal investigator, Dr. Mohammed Milad, had theorized that the fluctuating levels of estrogen influence the acquisition of fear and the extinction of fear.

Why I applied for my internship: I am currently studying psychology and will be learning more about neuroscience. I aspire to become a psychiatrist or clinical psychologist within pediatrics. I chose to apply for this internship because I wanted more hands-on experience with psychiatry work. Within this summer, I had acquired a great deal of knowledge within neuroscience and psychology. I was able to build on the concepts that I learned from introductory psychology courses and obtain a greater understanding of psychology and neuroscience that I may not have been able to learn within a classroom setting.

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September 3, 2014
by Alyssa Banotai

A Postcard From: Micaela Houtkin ’14

micaela_houtkin1Name: Micaela Houtkin

Year: 2014

Major: History of Art

What’s happening? We’d love to hear how your internship is going! This summer, I spent nine weeks interning at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in the European Painting and Sculpture before 1900 department. As a curatorial intern, I was able to gain invaluable hands-on experience: I watched gallery re-hangs when several Van Goghs returned from being on loan, observed as a Rodin marble was replaced with a bronze by the artist, and even had the opportunity to hold some Italian art when it was moved into one of the galleries! I also wrote content in preparation for the Rodin Museum installation, coming in January. Researching and writing biographies about the subjects of Rodin’s busts was not only a great opportunity, I learned a lot doing it, too! I was also tasked with archiving digital and hardcopy files from the Van Gogh Up Close (2012) exhibition—a show I was privileged (and excited about) enough to see three times. If ever I had a question, I just asked my supervisor, who was a co-curator o f the show. To be able to work with one of the curators of an exhibition that was so important to the inspiration of my thesis was a wonderful experience, and certainly strengthened both my academic and personal interest in Van Gogh.

The program also included presentations, tours and lectures with myriad Museum employees. As a result, we were able to have private tours of the collection, led by the curators. These included: Arms and Armor, European Decorative Arts, the Rodin Museum, American Art, American Furniture, Costume and Textiles, South Asian Art, Contemporary Art, European Painting and Sculpture before 1900, Prints, Drawings and Photographs, Modern Art, and East Asian Art. We also had the chance to see the Museum’s two conservation labs, as well as have a tour of the entire museum—including the roof!

micaela_houtkin3Spending so much time at the Philadelphia Museum of Art this summer has definitely played a role in my continued interest in pursuing a career as a curator. I have enjoyed it so much that I will be continuing my time there in the fall—an opportunity I am thrilled to have!

How I heard about my internship: As I became more and more invested in the study of art history and the museum world in general, I started to learn about the opportunities that are open to students. The Philadelphia Museum of Art listed this internship on their website, and it was one of the first places I looked when I began my research.

Why I applied for my internship: I have been visiting the Philadelphia Museum of Art since I was a kid—my dad used to take me every Sunday! My love for both art history and this museum in particular made me want to apply, and after reading the program description, I knew for sure this was where I wanted to spend my summer.


September 2, 2014
by Alyssa Banotai

A Postcard From: Sofia Oleas ’15

sophia_oleasName: Sofia Oleas

Year: 2015

Major: Biology and Psychology

What’s happening? We’d love to hear how your internship is going. I learned how to spot Piping Plovers, an endangered shorebird, on the beach and how to find their nests. Along with the other interns, we learned how to put up an enclosure to keep the Piping Plover eggs safe from predators such as the Greater Black Back Sea Gull and red foxes. I monitored nests daily, performed routine truck maintenance, and searched for sea turtle crawls or stranded marine life. Monthly meetings have revealed the various positions necessary to run a wildlife refuge and have provided valuable insight for career paths. Living at the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge wasn’t all work, I enjoyed swimming at the beach and walking the local trails. The peak tourist season occurred when the famous Pony Walk happens. This is a week long event when the ponies are corralled from both ends of the refuge and then swim into the town of Chincoteague to be sold. The enthusiasm in the air was evident and the sunrise was beautiful. However, one of my most memorable moments occurred when we visited the beach after hours and experienced an ocean of bioluminescence that was most prominent when waves crashed. The ocean was beautiful; I didn’t think to take a picture or video because I was so mesmerized by the event. Overall I can identify over 30 species of shorebirds and more than 35 species of waterfowl. I can feel comfortable using binoculars, scopes, and using either to read tags on the legs of birds. This internship has taught me more skills than I could have imagined and I had the chance to work alongside some truly understanding peers and wise staff members. I can’t wait to see what comes next back at Bryn Mawr.

How I heard about my internship: Lantern Link lead me to a website that provided this internship as a search result.

Why I applied for my internship: I wanted to learn more on-the-field skills.

August 26, 2014
by Alyssa Banotai

A Postcard From: Kristie Oh ’15

kristie_oh1Name: Kristie Oh

Year: 2015

Major: History

What’s happening? We’d love to hear how your internship is going! This summer, I interned at the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. More specifically, I had the opportunity to work for the Marketing & Communications Department, which was very educational and lots of fun. I met people that work in the field that I’m interested in pursuing, as well as learned a lot about what it takes to work for a non-profit organization as big and established as The Chamber.

kristie_oh2How I heard about my internship: I was interested in internships in the Los Angeles area. I learned about the internship at The Chamber by simply doing my research and looking up opportunities that fit into that category. Google is always helpful if you know what you’re looking for!

Why I applied for my internship: I applied for my internship because I wanted to pursue an experience that would give me the opportunity to work in Strategic Communications, as well as learn more about Public Policy and commerce. The position at The LAACC was perfect because it was located in Los Angeles, and mixed both marketing, communications as well as public policy. I couldn’t have asked for a better fit, so I applied and thankfully got the job!


August 21, 2014
by Alyssa Banotai

A Postcard From: Camilla Dely ’15

camilla1Name: Camilla Dely

Year: 2015

Major: Theater

What’s happening? We’d love to hear how your internship is going: This first half of summer was spent developing bold new work for the stage in the barns, theaters and fields of Hunter, NY. The Orchard Project, which convenes every summer in the ridiculously beautiful Catskills Mountains, is a 5-week artistic residency program that invites around 25 different theater and dance artists and companies for overlapping residencies to accelerate their latest creative projects. The artists are joined by group of 12 emerging artists, who stay over the five weeks, apprenticing with resident artists and diving into creative projects of their own. I was a proud one of the twelve young Macgyvers, and oh what an adventure it was. Each day at the Orchard Project was filled with master classes, generative work sessions, readings, composition sharings, creek swims and campfires. The core company is able to intersect with the work of all the artists who pass through, and are exposed to a multitude of art-making ideologies, generative tools, company structures. I was assigned to apprentice individually with Critical Mass Performance Group (LA-based ensemble creating original epics), PeMO (a Seattle-based dance-theater duo), both of which have been incredibly inspiring. I was also able to continue my study of clown, a performance style I had been eager to return to, and began creating a solo-performance through its lens, which would not have happened without the support and rigor of the other core company camilla3members and staff. Those five weeks were demanding and at times, terrifying, but filled with possibility and daring and vibrant people, whom I expect to know as collaborators for a long time to come. The number one thing I believe that this unique program gives it young company is ownership over themselves artists and an enhanced awareness in their ability to create opportunities for themselves and command themselves in the professional world, or at least this much has been true for me.

How I heard about my internship: I learned about the Orchard Project through Catharine Slusar, a faculty member of the Theater program. She connected me with the director of the Core Company, from whom I learned more about the apprenticeship program.

camilla2Why I applied for my internship: I was looking for an immersive experience in which I could collaborate with individuals with very different backgrounds, aesthetics and skills sets. I wanted a structure that was rigorous enough that it would push me, quickly, into ways I was scared of working, but open enough for me to set my goals and take my own initiatives. I am always trying to answer the question of how one builds a sustainable life in the arts, and I believed that my time at the Orchard Project would give me the greatest, in depth exposure to a variety of models, foster an environment for me to ask many questions, and encourage me to be bold about drawing my own conclusions. And it did.

August 20, 2014
by Alyssa Banotai

A Postcard From: Noor Masannat ’16

noor1Name: Noor Masannat

Year: 2016

Major: Political Science and French

What’s happening? We’d love to hear how your internship is going! My internship has been exquisite. I am gaining excellent research skills through surfing and analyzing news articles from different American sources, in addition to Jordanian and other Arab and European news. In addition, I am monitoring the US government and transcripts related to recent events in the Arab world. Moreover, I got the chance to attend several Think Tank events and speak to diplomats and listen to speakers, thus, write special reports and submit it to the Jordanian Information Bureau. Also, I have helped in organizing couple of events at the Embassy where diplomats, military chiefs, and other ambassadors have joined the Jordanian team to discuss and celebrate together.

noor2How I heard about my internship: I heard about my internship from my previous internship at the Royal Court in Jordan, and online through the website of the Embassy of Jordan.

Why I applied for my internship: I interned last summer at the Royal Court in Jordan at His Majesty King Abdullah II office, and for this summer I have decided to have an internship experience in the United State while at the same time work for my country Jordan. Thus, I realized that working at the Embassy of Jordan would be the perfect match for my interests between the US and Jordan; work through the bilateral relations between the two countries.


August 18, 2014
by Alyssa Banotai

A Postcard From: Heidi Gay ’15

img_5105Name: Heidi Gay

Year: 2015

Major: French

What’s happening? We’d love to hear how your internship is going! I’m in my third week in the translation division of the Boston Language Institute. It’s been quite interesting learning about project management and working on projects as well—I was working on the dubbing of Chinese audio for an educational video for a university, for example.

I’ve been here since the end of May. I’ve spent some time in the English as a Second Language department, seeing how things work there, as well as helped out the Foreign Languages department with some administrative tasks here. Since I’ve gotten to change the desk that I’m sitting at every three or four weeks or so, I’ve also spent time observing the TEFL Certification classes and listening in on an Italian class from one of my desks as well. That rotation in particular was quite memorable.

It’s been quite the learning experience, in all, and I’ll walk away from the Boston Language Institute this summer with plenty of stories to tell.

How I heard about my internship: The President of the Boston Language Institute, Siri Karm Singh Khalsa, is a Haverford alum. I wrote to him asking if there were any intern gigs available.

Why I applied for my internship: wanted to get some experience in the language business and thought it was a good idea at that time.

August 15, 2014
by Alyssa Banotai

A Postcard From: Dijia Chen ’16

img_0297__version_2Name: Dijia Chen

Year: 2016

Major: Growth and Structure of Cities

What’s happening? We’d love to hear how your internship is going? This summer, I am interning at the Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies in Temple University Japan Campus, located in Tokyo, Japan. Specifically, I am assisting my faculty supervisor on his research about the 3.11 Fukushima Nuclear Disaster. My task is mainly to compile and assess firsthand information on topics such as the different assessments by different organizations of the nuclear crisis, technological and political debates among organizations, and the reasonings behind the protective measures taken at the time by parsing through thousands of Japanese government records, international news reports, and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) documents on its involvement with the 3.11 crisis. Outside of this research, the internship program has also sponsored interesting activities such as a field trip to the controversial Yasukuni Shrine and briefing sessions on doing business in Japan. I am enjoying my time in Japan and the wonderful experience at ICAS!

img_0002_copyHow I heard about my internship: My professor forwarded me an email from the institute about the internship program.

Why I applied for my internship: I had gained interest in Japan and the 3.11 disaster through courses I had taken at Bryn Mawr and am planning to write my senior thesis on this topic. I thought that the internship would give me an opportunity to learn more and help develop my potential thesis topic, further my capabilities as a researcher, and experience Japan.


August 14, 2014
by Alyssa Banotai

A Postcard From: Irène Delaney ’16

img_3236_3Name: Irène Delaney

Year: 2016

Major: French and Francophone Literature

What’s happening? We’d love to hear how your internship is going! Salaam from Morocco! I have spent almost a month living in a gorgeous, flower-hugged home in Casablanca, picking up phrases in Darija (Moroccan dialectical Arabic) and working as a French-English translator for Casamémoire, a local association with the goal of raising popular awareness of the city’s rich architectural history.

My job began with reading up on Casa’s vibrant past, starting with the ancient and going through the eras of colonialism and decolonization all the way to present urban efforts and art. Gaining this context was particularly enriching given my past experience in a Bryn Mawr 360° course on Marseille and Mediterranean port cities; in that course cluster, we attended a couple of lectures on le Corbusier (an architect) and post-colonial urban planning in Algiers, just one country away and quite similar in many respects.

After doing my homework, the real task began: I was handed the French-language version of the association’s architectural guide to Casablanca’s 20th-century buildings (there is also one in Arabic) and told to translate it. Simple, right? Not very. The book-sized guide is thankfully full of pictures and translation is something I enjoy, so the work was not too daunting; at times I went into the office by tram, but at times I worked independently from home, nestled into some cushions on my boyfriend’s balcony with some Hawai (very tasty Moroccan soda), some msemen bread with honey, and a glossary.

10601052_10153069938403012_2137484722_n_2When I wasn’t translating passages about famous mosques or reading about postcolonial housing projects, I was able to submerge myself in as much Moroccan-ness as possible. I study Morocco and the Maghreb pretty closely, both in classes at Bryn Mawr and in my free time, so being there in person for the first time was as breathtaking as it was hot (very, very hot). I arrived right in the middle of Ramadan and actually had quite a fun time fasting… and then breaking the fast with a mixed Algerian- and Moroccan-style “ftour” dinner on the terrace every night, after cannons were fired to mark sunset. During Ramadan in Morocco’s biggest city, everything stays open into the early morning, so it was not rare to leave dinner and walk along the corniche by the Atlantic or hang out in a large group until 5 a.m. After Ramadan comes l’Aïd al-Fitr, a day that we spent in a huge family gathering full of cookies, cousins, and “tberguig” (gossip). It w as such a singular and warm experience to share in all of this tradition and community — my real encounter with Ramadan as a fasting non-Muslim in Morocco were so much more rewarding and less intimidating than some Americans might expect. I kind of missed it when it was over!

I did leave the city of Casablanca, making treks out to the nearby Atlantic coast at Dar Bouazza; the breezier Mediterranean coast in the north, near Tétouan; and Marrakech, which is worth the sweat and sunburns. I grew accustomed to the crazy taxi drivers, the heat-induced thirst that only a fresh panaché from a juice bar can heal, the smell of sage, and the constant noise and color of the country, even if an enormous chunk of Morocco remains unseen to me at this time.

Because a book is quite a lot to translate, no matter how intriguing the subject is, I still have some work to do. I’m hoping to spread the remainder of the work over the next year, which should result in an eventual publication of the English guide with my name on it… and with any luck, a return trip to Morocco in the not-so-distant future.

Bissalaama à toutes et à tous, and happy August!

img_3359_2How I heard about my internship: Good luck and connections! My own internship search this past spring had been pointing me in the direction of English language instruction for a Moroccan charity or non-profit, but a stroke of luck (and a boyfriend whose mother has lots of interesting friends) lead me to contact the head of communication and development at Casamémoire. We sorted some things out and talked about my past work, and then it was off to Morocco!

Why I applied for my internship: I’d like to add that, now that all is said and (almost) done, my internship in Casablanca would not have been possible without financial support for the plane to Africa and back. I started a GoFundMe page in May and was astounded by the rapidity and generosity with which individuals from the Bryn Mawr community, Morocco, and elsewhere contributed to the campaign. I am so grateful for the gigantically rewarding opportunity that these people helped me to have and I hope that this virtual postcard lets people know that (A) I had a really cool summer internship experience and (B) they should never give up on having really cool summer internship experiences, even when it seems financially impossible.