CCPA Summer Series 2018: MKThink

CCPA Summer Series 2018: MKThink

By Kate Silber ’20 I’m not sure I’ve ever introduced myself as a Growth and Structure of Cities major and Visual Studies minor at a liberal arts college without some kind of self-deprecating comment about how my studies are the epitome of interdisciplinary and therefore perfect for an indecisive person like me. But while I joke about my inability to choose a more clear-cut path, I think choosing Cities and Visual Studies has been one of the smartest decisions I’ve made. The business that interests me, that of spaces, places, and the people in them, is anything but clear-cut with all of the layers of experience, context, and stakeholders involved. I’m interested in a career in architecture or something related to it. Even having that general direction has been a long time coming for me. That’s why I’m so excited to have the opportunity to be interning at MKThink as part of the Whitehead Internship Program this summer. MKThink is a small, San Francisco-based firm offering services in “Architecture, Strategic Consulting, and Applied Innovation to create intelligent places.” A small firm with such a focus on comprehensive solutions to problems related to the built environment has been a perfect place for me to interact with a team of interdisciplinary professionals in my field and get a taste of what their work is like. MKThink’s office is located in an historic roundhouse (where trains used to turn around) across the street from the piers that line the San Francisco Bay. It’s an open space that invites collaboration; people are organized across the stylishly refurbished, arc-shaped space with architects on one...
CCPA Summer Series 2018: How “Service-Learning” Abroad Prepared me for my Summer Internship

CCPA Summer Series 2018: How “Service-Learning” Abroad Prepared me for my Summer Internship

By Dayana Davila This summer I will be interning at Penn Medicine as a clinical research assistant in a primary care setting with Dr. Carmen Guerra. Though I do not begin until July 9th, over the past semester, spring 2018, I participated in CIEE’s service-learning program through which I was able to gain valuable experience that I will apply during my summer internship. As part of this service-learning program, I was placed at Victoria Hospital, a public hospital, in order to complete the “service” aspect of my program. Though the purpose of my “service” at Victoria was to complete a research-based project, the first two weeks were dedicated to shadowing and immersing myself into the culture at Victoria Hospital. As a pre-med student, I was beyond eager for the opportunity to shadow alongside doctors and medical students as they went along their daily duties. It is important to note that Victoria Hospital is a teaching hospital affiliated with the University of Cape Town (UCT), meaning there is a constant flow of final-year medical students rotating in and out of each medical department as they finalize their clinical studies. This was of a great benefit to me because I was able to fit right in as an observer amongst all the medical students that went through the rounds each morning, although I was often confused for a medical student Every Tuesday and Thursday morning, I arrived to Victoria Hospital at 7:30 am for the beginning of the morning rounds, which usually ended around 11 am. On a typical morning at 7:30 am the consultant doctor, registrar doctors, and medical students...
CCPA Summer Series 2018: The Ardmore Initiative

CCPA Summer Series 2018: The Ardmore Initiative

By Peter Baroff This summer I will complete a 10-week internship at the Ardmore Initiative located just minutes from Haverford College’s campus. The opportunity was provided to me through the Whitehead Internship Program which helps sophomore and junior students engage in work related to “entrepreneurial endeavors, small business enterprise, venture capital or investment finance activities.” It is a great way for students to apply a number of great internship opportunities that are funded by the College without a difficult interview process. All of the steps required are detailed on the CCPAs website and in Handshake. The Ardmore Initiative is a firm that manages the business-improvement district of downtown Ardmore. Founded in 1988, “Ardmore Initiative’s mission is to create and maintain a thriving, economically viable downtown business district for the benefit of merchants, residents, and visitors.” My role in accomplishing this goal is to assist the organization in coordinating with different actors in Ardmore’s downtown. This Whitehead Internship was very appealing to me as its focus is on downtown economic and community development which have both been topics that I have found very interesting during my studies. As my summer internship has not yet begun, I hope to provide a glimpse into what my responsibilities and experiences will be in the upcoming weeks. For the summer, I have been tasked with five objectives. The first is updating and revising a walking guide to Historic Ardmore. The second is a physical survey of Ardmore’s business district, looking at the occupancy of the downtown and the business mix. This will help the Ardmore initiative market the downtown and follow through on its...
CCPA Summer Series: Alexandra Bernas ‘19 HMS School for Children with Cerebral Palsy in Philadelphia, PA

CCPA Summer Series: Alexandra Bernas ‘19 HMS School for Children with Cerebral Palsy in Philadelphia, PA

Alexandra Bernas ‘19 HMS School for Children with Cerebral Palsy Philadelphia, PA   “Hello, band!” My supervisor Brad greets his students at Home of our Merciful Savior (HMS) School for Children with Cerebral Palsy. “Today we will play When The Saints Go Marching In, with Eddie as our conductor.” Eddie looks at the word “start” on his screen so his eye-gaze recognition device can say his chosen word. At that moment, Brad sings and plays his guitar. I improvise a basic keyboard accompaniment. The rest of the class plays tambourines, switchboards, drums, electric keyboards, chimes, and any instrument they could access from their wheelchairs. While playing, we all listen for Eddie’s cues to stop, play faster, or slow down.   Giving and responding to cues is natural in relationships between professional conductors and musical ensembles. However, for people with cerebral palsy, congenital brain damage prevents them from doing basic human activities such as walking, feeding oneself, and speaking. During my time assisting Brad and providing keyboard accompaniment at HMS, I learned that the location and extent of brain damage affects one’s ability to drive a wheelchair, chew food, and make micromovements that devices translate into spoken word.   HMS uses a variety of expressive arts therapies such as music to enhance cognitive and physical abilities in children with brain damage. In the conducting exercise, I witnessed principles I learned in Professor Boltz’s Foundations of Psychology. Through classical conditioning, the group associates each command word with the starting, stopping, or tempo change in the music. And through conformity, the students perceive and follow each other’s change in music-making behavior to maintain...