CCPA Summer Series 2019: Haverford Partnership of Economic Development (HPED)

CCPA Summer Series 2019: Haverford Partnership of Economic Development (HPED)

By Margaret Chen As a rising junior at Haverford College, I never really realized how vast Haverford Township was until I started interning at HPED, or Haverford Partnership of Economic Development. Because of the Whitehead Internship Program, I was given the opportunity to intern at this non-profit organization whom not only showed me how many nearby, cool businesses that my fellow classmates and I haven’t experienced yet but also gave me so much knowledge about community development, business revitalization, and environmental design. HPED’s main goals as an organization are to support local businesses and revitalize business districts by doing beautification projects, promotion/advertising for small businesses, and hosting networking and business assistance events. They hope, through these projects, to promote economic growth and beautification in the surrounding Haverford community. My internship experience has definitely aligned with HPED’s goals. For example, I went with HPED’s executive director, Jeanne Angell, and one of Haverford Township’s commissioners, Mario Oliva, to the Pennsylvania Downtown Conference in Erie, PA where I learned about Main Street and Elm Street programs which are community development models that HPED has been following. In the conference, I learned about different aspects of these programs such as how to economically structure a new improved business district and how to create affordable, energy efficient public housing. As an Environmental Studies major interested in sustainable design, in this conference I really enjoyed learning about how to engage community development through environmentally-conscious based projects and outdoor beautification projects. After the conference, I learned more about community development and business revitalization through day-to-day experiences. Throughout each week, I help Jeanne and Amy Sweeney, the...
CCPA Summer Series 2019: National Museum of American Jewish History

CCPA Summer Series 2019: National Museum of American Jewish History

By David Ly As a potential Classics major, I wanted to explore the different career possibilities that were available to me but unfortunately, there weren’t many. Most of the careers available to Classics majors were somewhere in museums and libraries. Thus when I was searching for an internship, I was looking for something that would give me some experience in those two fields. Luckily, I was able to discover a summer internship at the National Museum of American Jewish History (NMAJH) on Handshake. I applied right away and after a long-staking interview process, I secured an internship in the Development Department of the museum. It was a very exciting opportunity and I was looking forward to learning a lot about careers in museums. The staff and interns at NMAJH were wonderful people. Everyone was so welcoming to each other. I really appreciated how everyone was willing to make some time in their busy day to sit and talk to me about their career. My job as a Development Intern at NMAJH was a very peaceful job. Many of my tasks involved researching potential donors to the museum and building a profile around them to submit to my boss. I was also assigned to write out letters to prominent people in Philadelphia. For example, during my internship, NMAJH was preparing an exhibition for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (RBG). Often known as the “Notorious RBG”, Ruth Bader Ginsburg is best known as a renowned activist who helped launch the Women’s Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union in addition to being one of the first women to be appointed Supreme...
CCPA Summer Series 2019: Clinica Universidad de Navarra

CCPA Summer Series 2019: Clinica Universidad de Navarra

Image: Anna-Sophia Capizzi and her host family during San Fermin (after seeing the running of the bulls).   By Anna-Sophia Capizzi For the past six weeks, I had the privilege of working in Pamplona, Spain, shadowing physicians in different medical fields at the University Clinic of Navarra. This internship came through a family connection. When my mom was younger she spent a significant amount of time in Spain both studying and working. She cultivated many friendships while in Spain and, for as long as I can remember, my family has hosted the children of my mother’s many Spanish friends. One of her friends, Dr. Jorge Baixauli, has, over the past 6 years, sent each of his four children to spend a summer at my home. Dr. Baixauli is a surgeon at the Clinic specializing in General and Digestive System surgery as well as proctology. He created this summer internship for me and offered to serve as my host and mentor at the University Clinic. Dr. Baixauli coordinated with several different medical departments so that I could shadow a range of physicians during their daily activities. He and his family have also graciously hosted me in their house during my stay. I observed pediatrics, neuro-pediatrics, gynecology, surgeries/internal medicine, and emergency medicine (in the ER). I spent between 5-7 days observing each field, but there were days when an interesting surgery was scheduled and I would reshuffle my schedule to observe it. On a typical day, the physicians started their shifts with a meeting to brief each other on how the overnight patients in urgent or intensive care progressed throughout the night. If...
CCPA Summer Series 2019: Magnolia

CCPA Summer Series 2019: Magnolia

By Abby Singer Hello from Philadelphia(ish)! This summer I am spending 9 weeks commuting from Haverford to Philly, where I’m working as an Environmental Analyst Intern at Magnolia, an environmental startup that provides ecological offsets through the sale of compensatory mitigation credits. Through this process, Magnolia develops important restoration and conservation projects related to stream and wetland mitigation, critical habitat conservation, endangered species protection, and stormwater management. This is a fairly new idea, so let me explain it a little further. As a result of environmental regulations, such as the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act, developers are required to achieve a “no-net loss” of natural resources. When Magnolia completes a restoration or conservation project, regulatory agencies will transfer the ownership of mitigation credits to the company, which developers can then purchase to meet the compliance needs of their project. As an Environmental Studies major with a focus in Earth Systems & Economics, much of my time at Haverford has been spent discussing interdisciplinary approaches to environmental issues, so Magnolia’s business plan, which considers environmental issues, environmental policy, and economic development, was extremely exciting to me and led me to contact the company about the internship. As the company just started a few years ago, it is still very small and I am one of five employees working in the Philadelphia office. The size of the office naturally fosters a very collaborative and communicative workspace where I’ve found myself working in different roles with each member of the team. One of my main responsibilities is to research emerging environmental markets around the country to inform company decisions on...
CCPA Summer Series 2019: West (Wiss Early Stage Technology)

CCPA Summer Series 2019: West (Wiss Early Stage Technology)

By Silvia Lang ’21 This summer I’m working at WEST, the subsidiary company of the accounting firm WISS. WEST was co-founded by Mark Brenner ’86, an entrepreneur who has successfully built three companies. WEST provides accounting services to small start-up companies and supports their growth through a variety of channels. Working with Mark this summer, I have worked on different aspects of WEST, including accounting, building financial models, and sales. All of these services that WEST provides are important aspects of running start-up companies. Every day in the office, I’m learning something new about entrepreneurship, both from my colleagues and from clients! When applying for the Whitehead Internship Program, I knew I wanted to be exposed to many different industries and learn very quickly, so the position at WEST naturally became one of my top choices. Through a common friend, I reached out to Shivani Dixit ’20, who interned at WEST last summer. Although I did my research on WEST and read Shivani’s blog post before meeting with her, actually talking to her provided me with much more context of what WEST does and what the work environment is like. Shivani also offered to help me with the application and interview preparation, which eventually helped me get this job. For anyone who’s interested in applying for Whitehead and already has specific companies in mind, I would highly recommend having informational interviews with the Whitehead interns who worked at those companies before! During the past three weeks, I mostly worked on testing the proprietary dashboard software that WEST is developing. The dashboard helps clients stay on top of their financial...
CCPA Summer Series 2019: Weisman Children’s Rehabilitation Center

CCPA Summer Series 2019: Weisman Children’s Rehabilitation Center

By Keishla Sanchez   Hello everyone! My name is Keishla Sanchez ’22. This summer I will be interning at Weisman Medical Daycare and Outpatient Care in my hometown—Pennsauken, New Jersey! With the help of Rylee Fennell ’20, I was able to learn about Weisman and her experiences as a volunteer last summer. After conversing with Rylee, I immediately went on Weisman’s website and read about their rehabilitation centers: Inpatient Care, Outpatient Care, and the Medical Daycare, all of which are in South Jersey. The three facilities provide therapeutic services for infants and children with developmental and neurological disorders up until the age of 20. Weisman’s interdisciplinary team includes pediatric doctors, rehabilitation nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, child life specialists, nutritionists, and several more. Weisman Children’s Hospital and their Rehabilitation Centers consist of specialists who are willing to go above and beyond in order to help patients function to the best of their ability. After applying to be an adult volunteer at Weisman, I decided to apply for the CCPA Gertrude Albert Heller Memorial Grant which is designed for students who are interested in primary care and working with the neurologically impaired. Weisman’s Medical Daycare will allow me to interact with children with special needs and developmental disorders directly. Both the Outpatient Care and the Medical Daycare will provide me with the opportunity to explore my passion of becoming an Occupational Therapist. Thus, I was beyond thankful to receive the Gertrude Heller Grant and was eager to begin volunteering. Weisman’s unique application process ensures that every volunteer is dedicated to helping children achieve their ultimate potential. Prior...