CCPA Summer Series 2016: Every Experience Counts

Posted on: June 21, 2016

CCPA Summer Whitehead Internship: MAXSA Innovations
By Benjamin Kang

For the past three years, I’ve had three internships at three different non-profits. I love helping people and I will continue to do so. I also love the idea of traveling and having an internship. Now that I officially consider myself a world traveller – because I went abroad – I was willing to take any internship that could bring me to a new location. This year, I started working at MAXSA Innovations, a small Solar-Energy household lighting company in UnknownFairfax Station, Virginia. The company was founded by Skip West, Class of 1978 in 2003 and since then, it has been growing and growing. I am a psychology major and I barely know how to use my own MacBook, or how to connect a cable box to a TV screen. I still applied because I wanted to learn more about anything if it meant that I could also pursue marketing and sales.

Fortunately, Skip did not care too much about my experience/inexperience with technology, solar-energy or if I’m capable of selling or marketing products. Skip cared that I have been to many places of widely different cultures, and that I wanted new experiences no matter what kind of situation I might find myself in. Skip and I talked about my trip to Tanzania in 2009 and his trip to Tanzania in 1977. We both knew Tanzania is a special place that can provide life-changing experiences. With our travel stories, we tacitly acknowledged that we are both risk-taking people who will try new things even if that meant failure. Skip offered me the summer intern position a few days later and I immediately accepted it.

I don’t have a driver’s license, so Skip kindly decided to house me and another intern from France in his old house, which happens to be our office of 6 employees. Although stuck in middle of nowhere, this is my first time living in a forest-like atmosphere with a stream in the backyard, and I love that I am not surrounded by loud cars and music all the time.

First day of work: I expected a desk job or working with an Excel sheet. First thing we do together every morning is our team meeting. We briefly go over our agenda for the day, possible goals and problems that we face. Soon after that, I was immediately transferred to the warehouse. I’ve never been to a warehouse with big boxes full of products stacked on top of each other. Now, I was not only moving the boxes, but organizing the boxes, packing the boxes, and shipping out our final products to distributors like Amazon, HSN, and Groupon. The Memorial Day Sales shot through the roof and we had to ship out many more skids than usual. So I got down and dirty from the first day before lunchtime. Some might ask (or I did initially): why should I be doing manual labor? I did not sign up for this. Then, I realized that multi-tasking with both some desk job and some warehouse labor is the name of the game for small companies. Even Skip himself packs boxes while he’s on the phone as a our president. Back in 2003, he had to do everything with only one intern Jesse, who now works for MAXSA.

To me, I am grateful that Skip has not yet asked me to fill out an Excel sheet or research for tedious information that doesn’t seem useful. So far, my daily jobs are jobs that I have never done before. I am brainstorming for different names for our products, new gadgets and ideas to additionally implement on our existing products, and reviewing product feedback on distributor sites like Amazon. Last night, Skip sent me on a rather daunting job – I had to travel to DC after a few hours at the warehouse for a Haverford Alumni/Student networking event. I had a make a pitch for an open job position at MAXSA. I have never been to an official networking event and I definitely have not represented a company before to talk to a crowd about the company in detail. I did what Skip asked me to do; I realized that he provided me with a wonderful experience. Now, not only do I know what to do at networking events, but also know how to pitch in front of people. All these new experiences are piling up and I cannot see any holes in my current internship position. I will continue to enjoy and learn at MAXSA Innovations. I am certain that I will probably be asking for more jobs even after my 10th week.

CCPA Summer Series 2016: My internship at ACHA

Posted on: June 15, 2016

My internship at ACHA
From Phone interview to first weeks.

by Ann-Victoria Isaac

Congenital heart defects (CHD) are the most common defects in newborns and yet there is no cure. With the increased research done on CHD, more than 90% of those born with CHD are now expected to live into adulthood. However, very few of these patients are actually getting recommended care, and more than 50% consider themselves fixed after 20160615_154913one surgery and stop care at the age of 13. Adult Congenital Heart Association (ACHA), the organization that I have the opportunity to work with this summer, is a non-profit organization which seeks to improve and extend the quality of life of adults with congenital heart defects (CHD), a difficult goal to achieve due to the barriers previously mentioned. Through education, outreach, advocacy and promotion of research, ACHA serves and supports more than 1.8 million individuals with congenital heart defects, their families, and the medical community. ACHA’s vision for the organization in the next 5 years is that ACHA will be the leading voice in congenital heart disease education and advocacy, and will raise the public awareness of congenital heart disease as a lifelong ACHA.Logo.RGBdisease. ACHA intends to improve the standards for access to and delivery of quality care for adults with congenital heart disease. Lastly, ACHA, in collaboration with their partners, intends to drive the public agenda affecting adults with congenital heart disease. Their vision for the future gives the opportunity to fellows and interns like me interested in public health and medical research, a chance to explore, see, and understand the intersection and the collaboration that exists between public health and medicine.

There are two students interns at ACHA. We are both assigned to work with an ACHA department with the opportunity to interact and work as well for the directors and the National Executive director of ACHA. Due to the busy schedule of pre-med students at Haverford, I was unable to meet in person with ACHA’s operation manager for my interview. I had to do a phone interview. Phone interviews can be tricky because one cannot see the person s/he is talking to, and hence has to be able to present oneself without the nods and smiles that often help make a great interview. One thing that I found helpful was asking after each question whether I had fully answer the question asked or if more details were needed. It was also helpful to have in front of me a list of qualities that I have and that I thought would be a good match for ACHA based on their mission statement. I also made sure to ask a lot of questions about specific departments of the organization to help my interviewer see my deep interest for the organization, and also that I had done a thorough research on ACHA.

My first duty at ACHA this summer has been to assist in the execution of all educational programs and resources for ACHA patients, family and professional members. The education piece of ACHA includes many different departments and I am glad I have had the opportunity to interact with them all. ACHA has a Heart-to-Heart Program which provide a “toolkit” for life with CHD to CHD patients. ACHA has many clinical partners around the States and abroad, and another piece of the education that ACHA is focusing on is teaching CHD patients to identify these ACHD programs. This aspect of ACHA is more important than one would expect because most ACHD patients in the States are seen by health care providers that are unaware of the risks and the needs for care of CHD patients. CHD is very different from regular heart problems. Pediatric cardiologists, and “regular” adults cardiologists focus on acquired heart diseases and not on CHD. Having the same symptoms as “regular” heart patients (e.g rhythm problems, CHF, TIA/Stroke), the CHD patients that go to these cardiologists are at high risk of medical errors and suboptimal care. The ACHD programs of ACHA offer patients ACHD specialists who had had special training in the care of adults born with complex CHD, and also ACHD-trained imaging, anesthesia, nurses, and OB/Gyn staff. Other programs through which ACHA educates the public and that I have had the opportunity to work with this summer are the ACHA Medical Advisory Board Members involved in giving educational speeches on CHD to patients at ACHA conferences, events, and on ACHA’s webinars page, and the Heart-to Heart Ambassadors, who are a group of highly-selective individuals who support patients, family members, and health care providers (HCPs). These ambassadors’ roles are to provide emotional support and information from trained peer educators, to provide models of thriving with CHD to patients, parents, HCPs, and the general public, to raise awareness about lifelong needs of a CHD patient, to help patients with problems finding care and insurance, and help them with health, more specifically surgery, problems. Working at ACHA has given me the opportunity to co-write with the ACHA Director of Programs the manual that will help train these ambassadors in the future. I have also had the chance to work with the Speaker’s Bureau and the Parent Outreach Departments of ACHA involved in educating parents on CHD patients’ lifelong needs and on helping parents not to overprotect CHD patients which often lead to a lack of confidence, competence and resilience, use of maladaptive coping behavior, and slow brain growth (defects in prefrontal cortex) in areas related to the mental health of CHD patients. I have also had the chance to do literature research on the matter and get involved in writing a report on these research that will help the printed and online educational pieces of these departments. My second duty at ACHA has been to assist in the execution part of the research programs and resources for ACHA patients, family members and others. ACHA research partners are the Alliance for Adult Research in Congenital Cardiology (AARCC), a MD-driven alliance, Adult Congenital Heart Cardiac Care Associates (ACHCCA), a nurse-driven organization, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Health IT. So far, I have had the great opportunity to help writing the reports on the grants and alliances between ACHA and those organizations. One of ACHA’s goals is to actively be represented on committees and work with the Congenital Heart Public Health Consortium (CHPHC), CHD advocacy groups, and federal agencies including the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), and the Department of Defense Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program; starting next week I will be helping ACHA’s National Executive Director with this goal. Lastly, my other duties at ACHA have been to generate reports related to the member and donor database and help maintain the database, develop a patient advocacy database, assist with survey collections, assist with community outreach and engagement at events, provide administrative support to ACHA’s Finance Manager, and support in designing, writing, creating and disseminating ACHA channels such as ACHA’s website.

I have only been working at ACHA for three weeks but I have been intensely involved with the work of this organization. No matter how much work everyone has to do, the work atmosphere has always been extremely friendly. I have learned so much and there is so much more to learn! The tools learned in my sciences and public health classes at Haverford have truly helped throughout this internship. I have to admit as well that my adaptation to this organization was made easier by the Haverford Alumni, Bridget Freely ‘14, who works at ACHA as the ACHA Accreditation Program Coordinator. She has been a truly great support these past weeks, motivating and helping me with my work. The network and the academic tools that Haverford has given me for this internship left me proud to be part of the Ford community.

CCPA Summer Series 2016: Interning at LeadiD

Posted on: June 13, 2016

Interning at LeadiD

By: Adetomiwa (Tomi) Famodu

Hi, My name is Adetomiwa Famodu but I go by Tomi. This summer I am working as an intern for LeadiD, a lead analysis firm. Think of LeadiD like carfax for advertising leads. I have only started walking a few weeks ago but from what I have seen from the company I really enjoy it. The company tries to give its interns a view of everything that goes on within the company that could mean sitting in on phone conferences with clients or looking a code to make sure all the fields have been filled in appropriately.  A lot of what I have been doing has been learning to proofread the code that they use in order to be helpful in making sure that people who buy LeadiD’s product can implement the code that they paid for. To do this I am learning another coding language SQL. Overall this internship has required a deeper knowledge of coding than I initially thought, but LeadiD has been very compensating in giving me opportunities to learn and observe them work on things that I don’t understand yet and ask questions to guide me to the future.


When it came to applying to this internship and other internships in the Whitehead Program one of the things that struck me were the things that I thought would matter more in the application process like my major and minor were not mentioned as much as I thought they would, and the things that I thought wouldn’t matter as much ended up mattering much more than I thought.  Particularly my activities and courses taken outside of my course programs, and that made a difference to me. During the application process for Whitehead the companies that I got to visit were prestigious and established and that made it very easy to feel underqualified for all of the internships I had applied for. However a key part of the interviewing process is feeling as though when you like a company, not telling yourself that you cannot work for the company. I didn’t feel qualified when I got the internship and there are many times when I still feel underqualified but that is a large portion of why I am here, and why I chose this internship. I chose this internship so that next time or the time after I can walk into an interview that may even be for LeadiD and say and feel that I am qualified to be an active member of their workforce.

I am hoping to learn a lot from my time at LeadiD. The environment of the company if friendly and conducive to questions which makes learning something like “Lead Analysis” something I had never even heard of before taking this internship more appealing to me. Working for LeadiD  so far has allowed me to expand my knowledge of coding and examine how a relatively new law the TCPA has affected multiple businesses, which makes the services LeadiD provide more important.  I am happy with the internship that I chose, in my opinion it melds my major of economics and my minor of computer science (I probably should have said that sooner), and gives me the opportunity to learn skills and I may not have realized I would want to know.

CCPA Summer Series 2016: SOCKs (But a Different Type Than What You’re Thinking)

Posted on: June 9, 2016

SOCKs (But a Different Type Than What You’re Thinking)

Summer Fellowship at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital in Nashville – Liberal Arts in the Workplace Fund

By: Alissa Valentine

            The Surgical Outcome Center for Kids (SOCKs) is a division of the Neurological Surgery Department of Surgical Sciences at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital. SOCKs works with several other fields of surgery in the hospital, including the cardiac, urologic, ENT, general and thoracic surgery. The main goal of SOCKs is to use outcomes research in everyday clinical activities to develop better outcomes for patients. This gives research fellows a great opportunity to see the processes that go into research while being in a clinical setting.

Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt

There are 10 student research fellows this summer at SOCKs. We all went through a section process including an application and interview. The space between Nashville and Philadelphia forced my interview to take place on the phone. Phone interviews can sometimes feel awkward, and what I found throughout my interview was that giving someone enough time to talk without interrupting was key. Active listening was also important because there was no visual way for the people on the other side of the phone to know that I was paying attention to what they said. Writing down a list of questions is always helpful when entering an interview of any type as well.

This summer at Vanderbilt, my main project is to help develop a large longitudinal, qualitative study with 100 participants. This study is in partnership with the General Pediatric Surgery department in the Children’s Hospital. By the end of the study, which has funding to last another full year, we hope to be able to build a better online health portal for pregnant patients at the hospital. The focus of this analysis is aimed at pregnant women and their caregivers. Therefore, part of my role in the study is to conduct interviews with expectant mothers and their caregivers. This is a rare opportunity for a student fellow like me – most students don’t get to interact with study participants. Due to this, I have been able to grow a deeper understanding of the cooperation needed between study subject and experimenter for all research to be successful. If you have trust and respect between you and your participants, a study is more likely to prosper. This is similar to the core values seen everyday at Haverford, and it’s reminiscent of the Honor Code, as well as the liberal arts education. In the end, research is the key to improvement around the world in all forms, and without research institutions like Vanderbilt, studies that have the ability to increase health and happiness wouldn’t be possible.

In just the two weeks I have been in Nashville, I have been surprised by the friendliness I have received from my coworkers, and the possibilities to live out a fun summer while learning about clinical research. But overall, the Liberal Arts in the Workplace Grant has given me the opportunity to ripen my skills and develop my understanding of research not only scientifically, but the social aspects that can make or break a qualitative study like mine. Lastly, the Honor Code has yet again proven its relation to the real world, and left me proud to be a Haverford student.

CCPA Summer Series 2016: Internship at Philadelphia FIGHT via Jaharis Primary Care Pre-Medical Fellowship

Posted on: June 7, 2016

My Internship at Philadelphia FIGHT

via the Jaharis Primary Care Pre-Medical Fellowship

By: Alexander Frost

This summer, I will be working for eight weeks at Philadelphia FIGHT’s Jonathan Lax Medical Center, a clinic that primarily serves HIV/AIDS patients in Center City, Philadelphia. As of writing this post, I have only worked there three days, but I have already experienced a lot of the wonderful services they provide to this vulnerable and underserved population.  On the first day of my internship, I walked into the clinic’s waiting room and before I could even reach the front desk to introduce myself, my supervisor, Nurse Julie, yells out across the room, “Hey, you must be Alex!”.  After confirming, I asked her how she knew it was me, and her response was that she knows everyone who walks into the clinic because Philadelphia FIGHT was like one big family.


For the rest of the morning, Nurse Julie took the new community health worker and me on a tour of the Jonathan Lax Medical Center.  Here I could see that this was way more than simply a medical clinic, and the facility provided many benefits to the HIV/AIDS population that frequents the clinic.  In addition to providing medical care, the center has case management to help the patients be able to find housing amongst other things, has a psychiatrist, an onsite phlebotomy lab, and an AIDS library that has access to computers so the patients have access to check their emails or apply for jobs in case they are homeless or otherwise do not have access to the internet or a computer.  In addition the building also has the Diana Baldwin Clinic, which provides counseling to those living with HIV and Project TEACH, a health education program that trains people living with HIV/AIDS to become peer educators and advocates in the under-served communities hardest affected by the AIDS pandemic.  One of the unique aspects that helps build the family feeling of the facility, is that a few of the staff at the Lax Center are patients themselves, which can help new patients to the facility feel more comfortable with the experience since some people working there have gone through similar experiences to theirs now.

While the clinic primarily serves the HIV/AIDS population, people can come into the clinic for anything.  In addition, the clinic will never turn away a patient, even if they are uninsured, as long as they are HIV positive.  This is very important because a huge percentage of the patients are either homeless and sleeping on the streets of Philadelphia or have unstable housing.  But this is not the case for all the patients as the clinic also sees people who are CEOs of companies, and the patients really do come from all different backgrounds.  Many of the patients of Philadelphia FIGHT are African-American, but many are white and other races and ethnicities as well.  In addition, many are gay, trans, or bi, and many are straight.  Philadelphia FIGHT is a place where anyone can come and be treated without being fearful of being judged or discriminated against.

For the rest of the day, I worked on updating information sheets for patients that help guide them through the process of finding medical specialists.  Then the following day I shadowed Nurse Julie while she was seeing patients.  Before a patient would come into her office, she would give me a quick rundown of the patient’s history, which was usually pretty devastating.  Some of these patients had numerous diagnoses that took up the whole computer screen, and she told me that a lot of the patients suffer from pill fatigue from the vast amount of pills they need to take daily or are not mentally stable enough to remember to take pills everyday, which is especially harmful for this population because not taking their medication can result in the HIV virus becoming more prevalent in their body.  But when the patients come in, they were always excited to see Nurse Julie and to meet me and I never would have guessed that they have so much bad stuff going on in their bodies.  Hopefully for the rest of the summer, I can make a positive contribution to Philadelphia FIGHT and by extension the HIV/AIDS community because this organization does amazing things for this terribly underserved community in the heart of Philadelphia.

Sometime during winter break, I started doing research into places where I could possibly intern for the Jaharis Primary Care Pre-Medical Fellowship.  I started by looking at places where students have interned for this fellowship in the past and looking at those organizations to see if any interested me.  After shuffling through the list, I came to Philadelphia FIGHT, where Vivian Nguyen ’17 had worked last summer.  I knew Vivian from our Biology classes and I emailed her asking her about her experience working there and if she would recommend interning there to someone else.  She was eager to sing about her amazing time there last summer and convinced me that this was the place where I wanted to try and intern this summer.  I emailed Vivian’s contacts at Philadelphia FIGHT through her suggestion, and soon enough they responded to me that they would love to have me this summer.  When I talked to Nurse Julie this week when I started working, she told me that they loved having Vivian so much last summer that they could not simply pass up the chance on having another Haverford College student work there this summer.  So I am very grateful to Vivian for paving the way for me to work at this fantastic organization.


Posted on: May 31, 2016



By: Adam Stambor 

I write to you from the rooftop patio of a friend’s apartment, gazing at colorful sky-piercing spires that remind me that my home, my usual summer destination, is 2400 miles away. BLOGPICCome Tuesday morning, I will begin a 10-week stint at Ace & Everett, the SoHo-based designer sock company founded by brothers Cody and Sage Disch, and which you might have spotted when it was featured on the Haverford website last January.

As a footwear fanatic, I was extremely excited by the prospect of interning at a fashion startup in New York City. More importantly though, feeling like I had something to contribute to the success of this new business was empowering, especially as I wrote my application and prepared for my interview. I decided to put all of my eggs in the Ace & Everett basket, submitting only one application to the Whitehead Internship program, and hoping that this move made it clear how much I wanted the position.

When I first met Sage on the day of my interview, he was sporting a black and red kimono, a button-up covered in clovers, leggings, thick black-rimmed glasses, and loafers that made his socks pop– appropriately. I was wearing a navy suit, a pink/purple striped button-up, brown leather wingtips, a matching belt, and solid pink socks. I wish he had seen my outfit earlier in the day, though: black three-quarter sweats covered in gold paisley, Adidas sneakers that resemble shark-rocket chimeras with light-up fins, and a long, black V-neck.

Not only did I feel like ME during my interview–as I talked about my longtime loves of bright colors and sharp angles, about how self-expression and individuality have propelled me, and about how being employed since the age of ten has instilled in me a work-ethic of which I am proud–but I felt like I truly had something for which Sage and the team were looking. I was offered the position two days later.

Since accepting the offer, I have had dinner with Sage in New York and breakfast near campus. I have attended a press event in SoHo to promote the team’s now-completed cross-country road trip, and met Cody and Sage’s parents. I have signed nine friends up for the company’s monthly sock subscription service, termed The Boys Club (Sage set for me a three-person sign-up goal), and have updated information on Ace & Everett’s current and potential wholesale accounts.

The team continues to gift me with beautifully-designed, head-turning socks. Yes, I was asked to rep them on campus to attract potential customers, but I seamlessly incorporated the footwear accessories into my non-conformist style, to enhance the performance of my identity. Was I an advertisement? Maybe. Or had I just bought some new foot covers that made my outfits more me? Most definitely. I took this as a testament to the sock’s versatility, which I leveraged as I strove to boost sales in advance of my arrival.

I am jumping into this internship just days after completing Haverford’s pilot program on business ethics, the Ethical Leadership Summer Institute. Not surprisingly, John C. Whitehead’s name surfaced often, and was usually presented in conjunction with words like EMPATHY and COMPASSION. I have striven to define myself by these qualities, both professionally and interpersonally. In fact, these may be the two most important facets of my identity. So, as I embark on this unique internship opportunity named in John C. Whitehead’s honor, I hope not only to do great work for the sock men, but to return to school known by the Ace & Everett team as the “HIRED GUN” loaded with compassion and empathy.

Living in Philadelphia

Posted on: May 11, 2016

By Karina Wiener

Are you staying on campus this summer or working in Philadelphia? You’re in luck, because Philly is a great place to be, especially in the summer! I might even go so far as to say I love it…


One of the cool things about Philadelphia is that it has all of the offerings of a “big city” but still maintains a small town feel in many areas. Because of the number of universities in the city, it’s a great area to be a student. There are student deals  and lots of free or low cost events available (like Pay What You Wish Wednesday Nights at the Philadelphia Art Museum). Campus Philly keeps track of year-round deals and discounts for arts and culture as part of their Open Arts Philly campaign.

Check out uwishunu for events such as concerts, festivals, gallery openings, first friday deals, restaurant weeks, and more! You can search by date, type of event, or area. Use their Weekend Picks guide to see what’s happening each weekend! Examples of the types of articles include:

july-4th-philadelphia-parkway-dusk5-680uw offers a comprehensive and easy-to-use neighborhood guide. It will tell you how best to get there, describe the vibe of the area is like, and highlight restaurants and events.

You can’t live in Philadelphia without being a bit of a tourist. As the birthplace of America, Philadelphia is full of amazing history that you can appreciate by going to a museum or just by walking around old city.


Still sorting out your summer or post-grad plans or summer? Wait…what’s that? After reading about how cool Philly is you want to live there now? Great! Here are some resources to help you find opportunities in Philadelphia:

Good luck with the rest of your exams and have a great summer!

Congratulations to the CCPA-Sponsored Summer 2016 Internship Fund Recipients!

Posted on: May 6, 2016

Did you know that Haverford has a variety of funding opportunities to help support summer internships? You can apply for funding to pursue exciting summer internship opportunities too! Check out our College Sponsored Internship page and start thinking about which internship fits your interests. Applications are due in February or March each year.
The CCPA oversees many of these internships funds, and we are pleased to announce our Summer 2016 grant recipients! Keep an eye out for blogs about their experiences this summer as part of out CCPA Summer Series. Congratulations and best wishes!
  • Rob Carpenter ’18, Council on Foreign Relations Magazine, New York, NY
  • Courtney Ahmed ’18, Ashland Christian Health Center, Ashland, OH
  • Maya Behn ’18, Prieto Health Center and the Hospital of Cook County, Illinois
  • Lauren Benedetto ’18, CT Fertility, Bridgport, CT
  • Alexander Frost ’17, Philadelphia FIGHT, Philadelphia, PA
  • Danchau (Claudia) Nguyen ’18, Adventist Health Care, Rockville, MD
  • Marco Rivas ’18, Alivio Medical Center, Chicago, IL
  • Koji Shimomura ’17, Community Volunteers in Medicine, West Chester, PA

Gertrude Albert Heller Memorial Grant

  • Stephanie Terrell ’18, Camp Jabberwocky, Vineyard Haven, MA
Liberal Arts in the Workplace – Summer Internship Fund:
**Thanks to the generous support of a Haverford alumnus, the CCPA is ​now offering $1000 stipends to help a few students on financial aid who will be participating in an unpaid internship over the summer!
  • Josh Fried ’18, United States Senate, Washington DC
  • Diomand Henry ’18, Anti-Violence Partnership of Philadelphia
  • Mary Beth Melso ’18, Voice of Witness, San Francisco, CA
  • Rio Morales ’17, Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Cape Cod, MA
  • Eleni Smitham ’19, The White House, Washington DC
  • Alissa Valentine ’19, Surgical Outcomes Center for Kids (SOCKs) at Vanderbilt, Nashville, TN

Summer Serve:

  • Hannah Rice ’17, Puentes de Salud, Philadelphia, PA
  • Ann-Victoria Isaac ’18, Adults Congenital Heart Association, Philadelphia, PA
  • Isabel Agnew  ’17, Take the Interview, New York, NY
  • Nicole Bonsu ’17, WIT Strategy. New York, NY
  • Yancheng Dai ’18, GiftedHire, Washington, DC
  • Stephen Davis ’17, Hidrate Inc., Boulder, CO
  • Adetomiwe Famodu ’18, LeadiD, Ambler, PA
  • Maura Grant ’17, Reelio, New York, NY
  • Hunter Holroyd  ’18, Econsult Solutions, Philadelphia, PA
  • Benjamin Kang ’17, Maxsa Innovations, Fairfax Station, VA
  • Lucy Koch ’17, US Department of Commerce, Washington, DC
  • Jessie Lamworth ’18, MKThink, San Francisco, CA
  • Daisuke Nakayama ’18, Cantor Fitzgerald, New York, NY
  • Katharine Prescott ’17, DLL – Phoenix Program, Wayne, PA
  • Christopher Richards ’18, Cantor Fitzgerald, New York, NY
  • Michael Schwarze ’18, Haverford Partnership for Economic Development, Havertown, PA
  • Spencer Sohmer ’18, Presentation Testing, New York, NY and Philadelphia, PA
  • Adam Stambor ’18, Ace & Everett, New York, NY
  • Yannick Villanueva ’17, DLL – CT&I Sales, Wayne, PA
  • Samantha Wetzel ’18, The Health Care Improvement Foundation, Philadelphia, PA
  • Kiamani Wilson ’18, Wash Cycle Laundry, Philadelphia, PA
  • Qin Yang ’17, India Internet Fund, Delhi, India (pending)

Volunteering: You Need Experience to Get Experience

Posted on: May 3, 2016

By Karina Wiener

After my first year of college, there were pretty low expectations for what I would do over the summer. Most of my friends and I went home, relaxed, and spent time with our families and friends. Some of us volunteered or took courses, but that was considered “over-achieving.” Most of us were able to secure internships the next summer regardless of the time “wasted” that first summer.

In the four years since my freshman year, that expectation has changed and a sort of paradox has arisen. Many graduating seniors receive job offers from organizations that they interned at during the summer after their junior year. It seems that competitive internship programs for rising seniors are looking for applicants who had internships as rising juniors, and competitive internship programs for rising juniors are looking for applicants who have internships or at least related work experience as rising sophomores. So how are you supposed to get experience if you need experience to qualify for the experience in the first place? The solution: volunteer.

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Finals Week Advice from Fellow Fords via the OAR

Posted on: April 26, 2016

Some of you are dealing with applications and interviews as finals are approaching and we’re here to tell you that all you need to do is stay calm and do the best you can on your exams. Brian Cuzzolina from the OAR compiled advice upperclassmen Fords gave during a Finals Week Panel to post on The Year After blog and the CCPA wants to share it with students in all years. Thanks OAR!


By Brian Cuzzolina

A few nights ago in the OAR five Haverford Upperclassmen shared advice on approaching finals. Their insights ranged from strategies to scheduling finals, enjoying Haverfest to effectively balancing studying with chill time.


A common theme that emerged in the discussion was that there isn’t one strategy or approach to finals week. The panel was a testament to the theory that what works for one student might not work for others. For example, some of the panelists use a scheduler, such as Google Calendar, and schedule everything down to the hour. They have found that having a strict schedule helps them stay on target and focused. A couple of the panelists offered a different approach: They have a list of what they have to do and when they would like to do it, but the details are unscheduled. Regardless of how detailed your schedule, the panelists insisted that you create a plan that helps you see everything you have to do and when you have to do it, so nothing falls through the cracks.

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