Summer at BMC

Sun-soaked postcards from Bryn Mawr College

August 21, 2014
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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
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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.

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August 18, 2014
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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
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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.

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August 14, 2014
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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.

August 12, 2014
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A Postcard From: Katy Holladay ’16

katy_holladayName: Katy Hollady

Year: 2016

Major: Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology

What’s happening? We’d love to hear how your internship is going! Greetings form Bryn Mawr College Special Collections! This summer I have been working in the Art and Artifacts collection here on campus. I have been working on uploading metadata for the object images in the database, taking photos and updating object records with those photos, updating website HTML, and I have had the opportunity to learn and implement Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) technology. While the metadata and HTML is interesting the RTI is a super cool piece of technology. It allows artifacts or objects to be seen and studied in a way that conventional photography and scanning cannot provide. And RTI image is a compilation of several photos taken of the object with the light source placed at different positions. The result of an RTI image allows you to utilize any shadows, highlights, raking lights that the flash creates to see details such as inscriptions, faded paint, layers of sketches, and many more that otherwise would not be easily seen or noticed by the naked eye. We even found a pair of finger prints on the Bryn Mawr Painter! RTI is extremely fascinating and great for the college to have in their toolbox. I hope both professors and students will take advantage of the RTI Tool and images to provide another angle to their studies and research. Wishing all you Bryn Mawrters a summer filled with excitement and knowledge! To read more about the RTI project visit the Special Collections blog.

How I heard about my internship: I found the information for this internship through Bryn Mawr College’s Summer Funding web page and was encouraged by a TA in one of my archaeology classes to apply.

Why I applied for my internship: I was looking for an internship that would introduce me to the world of conservation and preservation or relate to my studies and interest in Archaeology and Technology. Fortunately, this internship has encompassed all of these areas!

August 11, 2014
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A Postcard From: Lyntana Brougham ’16

Lyntana_Brougham1Name: Lyntana Brougham

Year: 2016

Major: Biology and English (double major)

What’s happening? We’d love to hear how your internship is going! I have had an amazing summer experience! I’ve been working in Dr. Mozdzer’s lab with Phragmites, an invasive reed. We are comparing the growth and success of four different genotypes under elevated levels of CO2 and/or Nitrogen. It has been a lot of hard work and long hours, but it has been a rewarding experience to visually see the differences in the plants and to analyze it in the data. Also, in our spare time I was able to visit and help collect data from 2 different field sites outside of PA. It was a pleasure to gain the experience of data collection in the field in addition to the greenhouse.

How I heard about my internship: I received an email from Dr. Mozdzer, my major adviser and the professor of two classes I had taken, asking if I’d like to do research in his lab over the summer.

Lyntana_Brougham2Why I applied for my internship: I had been looking for an on campus job for over the summer for several weeks when I received the mentioned email. My main goal for this summer was to explore one of my many career-related interests, and ecology was definitely high on that list. Working in Dr. Mozdzer’s lab seemed like the perfect opportunity to gain lab experience and get to know myself and my interests a little bit better.

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August 8, 2014
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A Postcard From: Angie Koo ’15

angie_koo2Name: Angie Koo

Year: 2015

Major: Growth and Structure of Cities

What’s happening? We’d love to hear how your internship is going! This summer I have been hosted by Tsuda College in Tokyo as I research Japan’s energy policies before and after 3.11, especially in regards to nuclear energy and renewable alternatives and the differences that may exist between the national and the local response. The earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdown disasters of 3.11 have made Japanese citizens question their heavy reliance on nuclear energy as well as gathering support for transitioning to non-nuclear energy sources. For more than three years, this has been an ongoing debate within the Japanese government as they juggle issues of energy security, economic efficiency, environmental sustainability, and safety. Most recently, the Fukushima prefecture has committed to becoming 100% renewable energy by 2040 while the national government and the Nuclear Regulatory Authority have decided to allow nuclear plants to restart given that they pass safety checks and have the support of the host community after all of the nation’s nuclear reactors were put offline following 3.11.

angie_koo1With the support of Tsuda College’s staff, students, and professors, I have been exploring recent newspaper, magazine, and article publications written about Japan’s future energy mix and arranging meetings with a variety of individuals and organizations involved in this field. These include an NPO, the Institute for Sustainable Energy Policy, the Fukushima Prefectural Office, freelance journalists, newspaper staff, and present and former ministry officials. Their opinions and writings indicate that the energy debate is far from over and that while the national government appears to have already committed to resume its former nuclear plant practices, those advocating a non-nuclear route are focusing on initiating change from the bottom up. My meetings with these individuals have also allowed me to travel to the Fukushima area for one day and as I was driven through the disaster-struck areas, it is startling to see de-contamination work still being done near unevaluated houses and how the physical landscape clearly shows which areas were hit by the tsunami and which areas were not. In addition, Xue Jin, another Bryn Mawr student hosted by Tsuda College, and I were given the opportunity to present our preliminary findings to the Tsuda community and hear their feedback.

Thanks to Bryn Mawr College for funding this opportunity and to Tsuda College for hosting my stay; this has been a wonderful summer!

angie_koo3How I heard about my internship: I participated in a 360° course cluster last fall on Perspectives on Sustainability: Disasters and Rebuilding in Japan which not only provided the inspiration for my topic but is also the source of my funding this summer. I developed my research question and proposal under the guidance of Professor Hein who taught one of the three courses in the 360 and through her and Bryn Mawr’s connection to Tsuda College, I was able to realize this opportunity.

Why I applied for my internship: As a Cities major, Environmental Studies minor, and someone interested in Japanese society, I wanted to work on a project that would incorporate all these fields. This was also the initial reason I applied for the 360. The 3.11 disasters were one of the four events we studied in depth in our 360 but as it is still such an ongoing issue, I think there is still a great deal to be studied and understood about its effects and I wanted continue from where our 360 left off. In addition, this is an area of study that I hope to be involved in after I graduate and so this opportunity this work on sometime I am deeply interested in is invaluable.

August 7, 2014
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Miranda Canilang ’17: That’s a wrap #AAIFF14

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AAIFF14 staff with Co-writers/Co-stars of Chu & Blossom

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My high school friend Sammie Ho & BMC’17 friend Jane Rossman volunteered at AAIFF14 Opening Night Asia Society

After 10 long days and nights of film, music,and  after parties and nearly 2 and a half months of preparation, my internship with Asian Cinevision for the 37th Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF) is sadly coming to a close.

This week is wrap up week, which means staff reflects on what went well and what didn’t go well. For me, the social media manager, that means gathering statistics of the AAIFF Facebook, Twitter, and ConstantContact engagement.  It also means reporting on the teamwork and logistics of the festival.

AAIFF is completely run by unpaid college students and recent graduates. We work 3 days a week from 10:30AM to 5:30PM, many times overtime. AAIFF is actually the oldest Asian/Asian American film festival in the USA, but the Asian/Asian American film festivals out in California do much better than us. I think it has to do with demographics. To start, CAAMFest, San Diego Asian Film Fest, and the LA Asian Pacific Film Fest all have at least 7 year round paid staff. AAIFF only has 1. California is also the hub for Asian America and the film industry. About half of the AAIFF staff team speaks fluent Mandarin. While we are traditionally an Asian American film festival, New York still has a very Asian demographic. Therefore, it was a necessary skill at times when there were ticket buyers who could only speak Mandarin. We also benefitted from the Chinese and Taiwanese press.

While we all have our assigned “positions,” there is lots of overlap in work and I ended up doing other things like spreading posters around New York City and driving to the airport to pick up filmmakers. Our tangible presence via postcards and flyers really matters just as much as our online social media presence.

Our “reward” comes in the form of dinner covered by Asian Cinevision during the festival, a meager travel stipend, and lifelong friends and connections in the Asian American community. It was instant gratification to have my tweet I wrote through the Asian Cinevision Twitter account be retweeted and favorited by Angry Asian Man and other high profile Asian American activists.

Working for any nonprofit, especially an Asian American arts organization, really takes a certain level of dedication and passion that, many times, transcends money incentive. The way Chinese American rapper Awkwafina puts it, “The skinny ones are artists, it’s obvious they starving.”

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August 7, 2014
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A Postcard from: Neha Kamran ’15

neha_kamran1Name: Neha Kamran

Year: 2015

Major: English

What’s happening? We’d love to hear how your internship is going! My internship’s almost over and I can’t believe how fast it went by! I met a lot of great people and learned a lot, and I know that I made the most of it. The connections I made here will hopefully help me a lot in the future, and I learned so many new skills. I now know how to code!

How I heard about my internship: I really wanted to work in advertising, and I’ve loved the D.C. area since I was a kid. Over winter break, I researched the top agencies here and Delucchi Plus caught my eye. It looked like such a wonderful place to work, and it’s proven to be just that.

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