Internships allow students to integrate classroom theory with career-related professional work experience. The Rosenfield Program provides funding to 10 or more students each summer to pursue internships worldwide, focusing on issues of public affairs, international relations, or human rights.
Grinnell College students interested in applying for a Rosenfield Program summer internship grant should follow the guidelines and procedures devised by the Center for Careers, Life and Service (CLS).
2014 Rosenfield Program Internships
Hayes Gardner (Grinnellink) Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Pittsburgh, PA
Connie Wang The EducationUSA Advising Center - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
The EducationUSA Advising Center in Malaysia, where I will be interning, has been hosted since the 1970s by the Malaysian-American Commission on Educational Exchange. It is supported by the U.S. Department of State. Its aim is to act as a site that provides parents and students with accurate, comprehensive, and current information about how to apply to accredited U.S. colleges and universities. As an intern, my responsibilities will include assisting in advising individual students on applications to U.S. universities, preparing and presenting presentations on personal tips and experiences regarding studying on a U.S. campus to groups, assisting in preparing handouts for educational advising, handling social media and website updates, arranging events (dealing with logistics and evaluations), and shortlisting scholarship applicants.
Georgina Haro Comunidades Latinas Unidas En Servicio - Minneapolis, Minnesota
I will be working with CLUES (Comunidades Latinas Unidas En Servicio) which is a non-profit organization led by Latinos in Minneapolis. Their mission is to improve the quality of life of Latinos in Minnesota by offering various resources such as education, skill-building, training, and behavioral health programs. My internship will consist of leading their Paso a Paso youth program for the children of the adults participating in the ESL program. I will have to develop a program curriculum, assist in program outreach within the community, and asses the academic development of the children. Along with those responsibilities I will also be helping with their ESL program, civic engagement program, and coordinating parent involvement activities in Spanish.
Misha Rindisbacher US Department of State - Munich, Germany
Support the Political/Economic and Executive sections as they review and analyze political, economic, and business trends and developments in Bavaria, focusing on how they affect the German-American relationship. Assist the section chief in interviews and outreach to political, economic, and business leaders in Bavaria. Research and compile background and briefing materials in advance of meeting with political, economic, and business leaders in Bavaria. Attend meetings as a note taker and draft notes and/or official record documents. Participate in the mission's public outreach program as appropriate. Support the Consulate as needed.
Andres Cambronero Washington Office on Latin America - Washington D.C.
I have been accepted to WOLA’s Colombia and Andes team. The internship program is divided into a substantive portion and an administrative portion. On the substantive side, I will be conducting research on current events to draft memos and press releases. In particular, I have expressed interest in researching the effects of US military aid on mass displacement of indigenous groups in Colombia. Additional substantive tasks include participating in coalition meetings and attending Capitol Hill hearings. On the administrative side, I will be translating press releases from English to Spanish, maintaining the team’s section of the WOLA website and helping to coordinate meetings between staff and the organization’s partners in Latin America. Ultimately, I hope that my work will be meaningful contribution WOLA’s mission to advance human rights in Latin America.
Stephen Gruber-Miller The Toledo Blade - Toledo, Ohio
The Toledo Blade is a newspaper based in Toledo, Ohio. It is the primary newspaper for the area and covers citywide, regional, and some national news. I will be assigned to the City Desk, and will cover a variety of assignments, including breaking news, government meetings, news features, and have an opportunity to work on larger enterprise stories that may make Page 1. I will be covering for vacationing reporters, so I will have an opportunity to do a variety of things. My shifts will include some nights and weekends.
Anesu Gamanya Mdzangwini Community Water Project I - Mbabane, Swaziland
As an intern at the Mdzangwini Community Water Project I will be required to fulfill the following duties:- site manager for building trenches for installing pipes - supervising the tasks to be performed for each week - oversee progress and monitor delivery of materials on the site
Abby Goreham Senator Tom Harkin’s Office - Washington D.C.
I would be working in Iowa Senator Tom Harkin's Washington, D.C. office. Senator Harkin is a long-time senator who has played a large role in the construction of policy and the political process in general. As part of this internship, I would be completing both administrative and legislative tasks. This would include everything from running errands and giving tours to attending briefings and writing memos.
Nirabh Koirala The Institute of Foreign Affairs - Kathmandu, Nepal
The Institute of Foreign Affairs is an autonomous think-tank associated with the Nepalese government that trains Nepalese diplomats and conducts research into avenues of development for Nepalese foreign relations. I will attend seminars organized by the institute, along with making thorough use of the literature the institute has available on foreign policy, and ultimately authoring a research paper under the supervision of the executive director of the institute.
Roni Finkelstein Tikkun Magazine - Berkeley, California
Tikkun is a magazine dedicated to healing and transforming the world. We seek writing that gives us insight on how to make that utopian vision a reality. Tikkun brings together progressive Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Wiccan, secular humanist, and agnostic/atheist voices to talk about social transformation and strategies for political and economic democratization." --tikkun.org The magazine's topics include Politics & Society, Rethinking Religion, Environment, Israel/Palestine, Reviews, Poetry & Fiction, and Art. My role at the magazine as the print editorial intern would be to evaluate submissions that come in, help brainstorm authors to commission, fact-check, brainstorm illustration ideas, and prepare articles for publication. Interns sometimes have the opportunity to publish an article. Strong interns write monthly profile articles for the multimedia blog site, Tikkun Daily. Additionally, I will work with the editorial and business staff to analyze sales, spread awareness about Tikkun, and work with general outreach.
Strahinja Matejic Permanent Mission of Serbia to the United Nations – New York City, NY
The Permanent Mission of Serbia to the United Nations is in charge of representing Serbian interests on the world scale, in the most important global organization. Currently, Serbia has its representatives in several committees, most importantly in the Economic and Social Council, one of the five main UN bodies. Last year, Serbian diplomat, Mr. Vuk Jeremic, chaired the General Assembly, the largest UN body, constituted of all 193 member-countries. Thus, Serbia got an invaluable chance to promote its culture and political positions – the practice we will try to continue in the following months. During the summer, my prime task will be to attend meetings in different commissions, agencies and sub-committees and write reports about the agenda discussed. Relevant topics will include Crimea crisis, human rights violation in Syria, post-2015 development agenda, exploitation of renewable resources, etc. I will also work on current projects and organize different events within the Mission.