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Alan Zhao ’12

Alan Zhao ’12, received a Eugene M. Lang Summer Opportunity Grant for a summer at the Homeless Advocacy Project (HAP) in San Francisco, Calif. Instead of a personal profile, Alan shared an account of a case he handled.
I expected it to be hard to wake up early every day, but the challenge of being responsible [...]

Ambar La Forgia ’11

Ambar La Forgia ’11, an honors economics major and honors statistics minor, conducted research at the Mathematical and Theoretical Biology Institute at Arizona State University.
This is more a story of luck than choice. I was planning to work in a health policy internship in Washington, D.C., when I was introduced to the Mathematical and Theoretical [...]

A Leg Up:
Complete List of Links to Vignettes of Students’ Summer Work Experiences.

This summer, Swarthmore students fanned out across the campus, the country, and the world to participate in summer research fellowships or internships that ran the gamut from business to biology, philosophy to political advocacy. Here is a sampling of their stories:
Eva Amesse ’11
Nell Bang-Jensen ’11
Sarah Bedolfe ’11
Julia Cooper ’12
Amber Kavka-Warren
Amanda Klause ’12
Leland Kusmer ’11
Ambar La [...]

Sarah Bedolfe ’11

Sarah Bedolfe '11, a biology major with minors in environmental studies and psychology, worked as a canvasser for PennEnvironment, whose mission is to bring about change through political advocacy.
My job was to go door to door to speak with people about—and collect contributions for—renewing “Growing Greener,” a government program that protects Pennsylvania’s open spaces. I also worked [...]

Eva Amesse ’11

Eva Amesse '11, an honors theater major and English literature minor, served a 12-week apprenticeship at the Berkshire Theater Festival (BTF) in Stockbridge, Mass.
My classes at Swarthmore have provided me with a strong foundation in the areas of acting, directing, performance theory, theater history, and basic design skills, but I was eager to learn more about the [...]

Julia Cooper ’12

Julia Cooper ’12, an honors biology major, worked in Assistant Professor of Biology Nick Kaplinsky’s lab during the summer.

Right after I pre-registered for Nick Kaplinsky’s plant biology class, I heard that he had an opening in his lab for summer research. I jumped at the opportunity, talked to him, and got the spot.
When I [...]

Postgraduate Plans

According the Career Services Office’s 2009–2010 annual report, a national survey of graduating seniors reported that just 24 percent have secured employment. Swarthmore seniors fared better than the national average, with 34 percent of the class reporting that they had secured employment by graduation. (Of course, not everyone wants a job right out of college.)
Here [...]

Lasting Relationships

Travis Rothbloom ’10, a career peer adviser with all the CS resources at his fingertips, says he used the internship database e-Recruiting, which lists employers exclusively interested in Swarthmore students; and UCAN, which serves about 20 other colleges including the Ivies, Stanford, Williams, and Amherst.
“Also, externships are a great way to put some of that [...]

Mentors and Kin

Gary Herzberg ’10 says he appreciated the CS staff’s consistently “sharp, practical insights, while being enormously kind.” In particular, he says, “Nancy Burkett helped me one-on-one during my internship search. Last winter, she told me about the Lang Center’s Summer of Social Action Awards (S2A2) program—which enables students to engage in meaningful work for social [...]

Happy Ending

Madeleine Laupheimer ’10, an honors chemistry major, first visited Career Services in the fall of her senior year. Unsure of anything except that she didn’t want to attend graduate school, she was attracted to careers in forensic chemistry, movie special effects, and theater stage management, for which she knew she was qualified.
“Marissa Deitch, my career [...]