International Student Newsletter

International Student Newsletter

Hi, International Students! Looking for an internship in your home country before starting OPT? Starting to think about your post-grad job search or graduate school applications? Wanting to know how international alumni succeeded at Haverford and beyond? We’re here to help! I’m Claire Chenyu Wang, your international student intern at the Center for Career and Professional Advising (CCPA). Primarily, I am focusing on the discovery of internship opportunities abroad for current students, as well as acquiring career advice from international alumni. The following are a few wonderful resources I am excited to share with you! First, we are very proud to launch a new addition to Haverford’s alumni directory! This sub-directory is a list of alumni who had F-1 visa while studying here. These alumni experienced similar challenges as you did and are willing to connect with, answer questions for, and offer advice and mentorship to YOU! To access this password-protected Haverford International Alumni-Student Network, simply sign up here. Haverford College Worldwide Alumni  In addition to searching for alumni working in your home country from Haverford’s general directory (linked from the CCPA’s Networking page), the LinkedIn Alumni Tool is a great way to search for alumni by location, employers, and industries. There is also a Worldwide Alumni group where you can connect with alumni across the U.S. and abroad. Just type in your country and you might be surprised who and what you find–but be sure to read the CCPA’s Networking Guide and this blog by a Haverford alum before reaching out to alumni for advice on how to do so. Going Global Going Global is a great resource for career opportunities both domestic and abroad! You can search by country/city...
CCPA Summer Series 2017: Julia Fortier ‘18 Philadelphia Women’s Center, Philadelphia PA

CCPA Summer Series 2017: Julia Fortier ‘18 Philadelphia Women’s Center, Philadelphia PA

Julia Fortier ’18  CCPA Summer Blog Series 2017: Julia Fortier ‘18 at the Philadelphia Women’s Center   This summer, I spent Saturday mornings volunteering at the Philadelphia Women’s Center. Since 1972, this facility has offered women pregnancy testing, ultrasound exams, birth control, GYN care, emergency contraception, STI testing and treatment as well as surgical and non-surgical abortions. Not only has this volunteer experience given me a greater understanding of the medical field, it has also provided me with invaluable connections to further my journey towards a career in medicine. I became interested in this volunteer activity out of a desire to gain a more intimate perspective on women’s healthcare. At PWC, I experienced firsthand the challenges and difficult conversations associated with this specialty. At PWC, I volunteered as an escort to welcome patients and guests to the clinic. In particular, I helped patients enter the clinic swiftly and without harassment from pro-life protestors. Protestors stand outside the clinic from 6:30am-10 every Saturday morning. Two on-duty civil service police officers are always present to protect the safety of patients, protestors, and volunteers, although they are rarely needed. Some protestors are passive and simply pray and sing religious hymns, others are more active and pass pamphlets to patients walking in, and a handful are very aggressive and harass patients and volunteers. These protestors attempt to dissuade patients from entering the clinic and follow them down the street after their visit to propagate their anti-abortion views. Patients were typically disconcerted and frightened by protestors, especially the majority of patients that utilize the clinic for its reproductive healthcare services, not its abortion services....
Watson Year Reflections by Mariya Krutkova ’16

Watson Year Reflections by Mariya Krutkova ’16

Watson Fellowship almost sounds like an ancient story about a boy who, with his curiosity and vision, managed to persuade the captain of a giant ship to take him along on the voyage. The boy was fascinated with sea shells, and he had imagined that different coasts around the world had sea shells which were different from those he could find on the tiny stretch of sand surrounding his town. He had a dream that he would one day visit all the coasts in the world and see shells of many different shapes and colors. He thought perhaps he might even collect some and bring them back to his town. The boy knew that big magnificent ships almost never come to the small harbor of his town, so he took his chances and threw himself into this adventure. What if someone invited you to travel the world for a year and engage with a topic of your greatest passion? What if, instead of scrubbing the deck day and night, the only thing you were asked to do in return were to experience, learn, and grow? Would you come aboard? Because that is what Watson Year is about. One thing to be aware of: Watson year is not a “gap” year. You will be challenged. A lot. There will be many “I didn’t know what I had signed up for” moments. When I look back at my experience, I don’t think about cruising down the breathtaking coast of South Africa, visiting the sacred sites and magnificent temples of India, admiring the ancient Angkor Wat ruins in Cambodia, or taking in...
CCPA Summer Series 2017: Rebecca Fisher ’18 at Ubuntu Capital, Kampala Uganda

CCPA Summer Series 2017: Rebecca Fisher ’18 at Ubuntu Capital, Kampala Uganda

Every morning I wake up to Kampala noise. Between the call to prayer, the birds, the wandering roosters, goats, and babies, I have not needed to set an alarm clock in my time here.   Kampala is the capital of Uganda, one of the fastest growing cities in the world, built on seven hills (although with growth, now covers 23 hills) and is considered the best city to live in East Africa. It’s a fun, beautiful city filled with friendly people. It’s very cosmopolitan with a close-knit community of expats who are drawn here to work in tech, solar, development, non-profits, diplomacy and more.   In terms of what I’m doing here, I’m working for Ubuntu Capital. In Uganda, similar to other emerging economies, 80% of the market is in the informal sector. This means most businesses are unregistered, unlicensed, don’t pay taxes and may not even have an official office space. This results in an incredibly opaque economy.   It’s hard to understand this issue from an American perspective, from the land of yelp, trip advisor, and Angie’s list, just to name a few, there’s no limit on information and ways to figure out where and how to find services. But here, when you want to find a service, you ask your friends and family, which means you’re completely limited by your network. This also means that as a customer, you have trouble differentiating between service providers, can’t hold them accountable, and have no ability to be sure of quality, fairness of price or an enforceable timeline. Also, without strong online presence, services are notoriously inconsistent and it becomes...
CCPA Summer Series 2017: Andrew Cornell ’18, Policy and Culture in Graz, Austria

CCPA Summer Series 2017: Andrew Cornell ’18, Policy and Culture in Graz, Austria

I have had the incredible opportunity to be living, working, and learning in Graz, Austria, for the past four weeks. When I arrived, I had no Idea what kind of experience this would turn out to be. My time has been split between working at the mayor’s office and interning at the Center for Inter-American Studies at the University of Graz. At both of these organizations, I have been surprised at how much I have learned simply through everyday conversation over lunch, ‘at the watercooler’, or sitting at a desk. And I haven’t just been learning about Austria, but have conersed with people hailing from India to Cuba to Slovenia about everything from people’s day to day lives, to differing academic cultures, to political and cultural similarities and differences. Through my internship, I have had the chance to participate in a variety of activities, with my time during the work day being used primarily to either attend lectures, shadow city employees, or help my host organizations’ with work. The lectures and conferences I have attended have focused on the transnational movements of people and ideas, and how these movements have shaped cultural identities. For example, I had the opportunity to attend a conference on Jewish migrants after the Second World War, where students presented preliminary research on how Jewish communities dealt with their cultural identity after many of them were displaced into new countries such as America or Russia. Through the Center for Inter-American Studies, I have also had the opportunity to attend lectures on the cultural identities of Cuba and Trinidad and Tobago, and how these identities are...
Internship Funding Opportunities! March 13, 2017 Deadline

Internship Funding Opportunities! March 13, 2017 Deadline

It’s that time of year again! Internship funding deadlines are quickly approaching. It takes time to identify organizations to work with this summer, and students should already have begun the process of reaching out and applying. As with all self-designed opportunities, students need to find the internship and then apply for the funding. The funding opportunities through the CCPA are below, and all application details can be found on our website. Andrew Silk SummerJournalism Internship Deadline: March 13, 2017 A Haverford student entering her/his sophomore, junior or senior year interested in the field of journalism is eligible for a stipend toward a summer internship in print or broadcast journalism. The student needs to obtain a summer position in print or broadcast journalism. Students should submit the Online Application Form where you will be asked to upload an application letter/essay containing information about the internship s/he plans to complete in the summer of 2017 and biographical background, resume, unofficial transcript and two writing samples. Deborah Lafer-Scher International Internship Deadline: March 13, 2017 This internship is open to any Haverford first year, sophomore or junior who has an interest in international issues or having an interesting international summer experience. The internship fund will provide a summer stipend to assist you with living and travel expenses associated with pursuing a relevant international experience, outside the United States and preferably outside the North American hemisphere. The internship, which is designed by the student, can include a variety of opportunities, such as working for an international business or organization, in an entrepreneurial endeavor, pursuing research, or exploring a career interest, or participating in a...