Grinnellink Summer Internships

Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 8:47 am

Taking part in an internship is one of the most accurate ways to experience the postgraduate world before it becomes your permanent home. Grinnellink internships offer Grinnellians — and only Grinnellians — the chance to try life after college on for size.

These fully funded, highly selective internships are made possible through the support of alumni and friends of the College. And they know what to expect from a Grinnellian.

High Expectations

Jordan Schellinger ’15

On her first day, Paige Wheeler ’16 was asked to write a petition for favorable prosecutorial discretion at her internship at the Law Office of Jillian Kong-Sivert. She was given a description and an example, and left to her own devices.

“I learned an immense amount both about writing petitions and about how I approach unfamiliar tasks in general,” Wheeler says. The experience provided her with a benchmark that she could compare her subsequent efforts to.

Jordan Schellinger ’15 spent her summer at the Kaibab National Forest in Arizona, surveying and recording archaeological sites. She says that the responsibilities that she has been given make her feel that she’s “really contributing to the organization and not just learning about what it means to be a part of such an organization.”

At the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Collin Davis-Johnson ’15 split his time between managing anthropological and archaeological collections and more independent work. “For the July Science Lounge at the Museum, I developed a presentation of select musical instruments in our collections from around the world to show to the public; in addition, I also gathered recordings of each instrument in order to provide the public with a holistic musical experience,” Davis-Johnson says.

Substantial Results

Lisa Oyolu ’17

Grinnellink interns get more than a glimpse into post-Grinnell life. They experience careers that they aspire to, see how their coursework is applied outside a college setting, and realize how capable they are in the working world.

“Grinnellink internships are prime opportunities for students to apply classroom knowledge in a concrete way within the professional world. These internships open the doors to students who would otherwise not be able to pursue unpaid internships and provide a professional advantage as they move into life after Grinnell,” says Megan Crawford, director of career counseling and exploration at the Center for Careers, Life, and Service.

“Before this internship, I vaguely thought about how interesting it would be to work for public radio, but I didn’t think of it as a feasible life option. Being at Minnesota Public Radio for a summer has given me the confidence to see journalism as a potential career option.”

Lisa Oyolu ’17, Minnesota Public Radio News, St. Paul, Minn.

“This internship provided me with some perspective on exactly how versatile an anthropology major can be outside of academia and gave me the reassurance that I still have plenty of time to figure out exactly what it is that I want to do when I ‘grow up.’”

Collin Davis-Johnson, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Denver, Colo.

“I entered my internship with the attitude that even though I didn't want to go to law school, it would look good on my resume. However, since being there, my interest in going to law school has been renewed. I'm now thinking I definitely might enter the field of human rights law in the future.”

Meagan McKinstry ’16, Center for Constitutional Rights, New York, N.Y.

“I have spent most of my time at Grinnell in the humanities: taking philosophy, English, language, etc. However, my career interests are all in social work. This internship has pushed me to make what I have learned and studied at Grinnell relevant to a field I haven’t undertaken in the classroom.”

Fatima Cervantes ’15, Center for Law and Social Policy, Washington, D.C.

  • Fatima Cervantes ’15 is a philosophy major with a European studies concentration from Los Angeles, Calif.
  • Collin Davis-Johnson ’15 and Jordan Schellinger ’15 are both anthropology majors from Minnesota. Davis-Johnson is from St. Paul and Schellinger is from Avon.
  • Meagan McKinstry ’16 is from St. Louis, Mo. and majors in sociology.
  • Paige Wheeler ’16 is a political science/Spanish double major with a concentration in linguistics.
  • Lisa Oyolu ’17 is from Houston, Texas and her major is undeclared.