Hepburn Center 2009 Internships

Posted January 21st, 2009 at 1:58 pm.

Eligibility: current Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors
Industry/Special Interest: Film/theater, women’s health, civic engagement
The Katharine Houghton Hepburn Center will offer 16 summer internships in 2009 to undergraduates interested in obtaining practical experience in one of the Center’s three areas of mission: film/theater, women’s health, or civic engagement. Some internships will link students with current or past Hepburn Fellows, or with other colleagues who have an affiliation with the Hepburn Center. Information about these internships can be found below. Undergraduates can also seek out and propose internships of their own devising that involve partnerships with other individuals and institutions committed to the areas of work that the Center encourages.

Students selected to be Hepburn Center summer interns will be expected to participate in the Hepburn Internship Forum, which will meet four times during the 2009-10 academic year. Participation will involve giving a Power Point presentation about their internship experience (which will be posted on the Hepburn Center website), meeting with current Center Fellows, and consulting with students interested in applying for Hepburn internships for the subsequent year.

Award Amount: $3,600 Length: 8 to 10 weeks

Materials Required:

  • Two copies of a 2-3 page application describing the organization, your proposed work/research activities, and a personal statement addressing why the internship is important to you, professionally and personally
  • Two copies of a résumé
  • A letter from a Bryn Mawr or Haverford College faculty member who is familiar with your abilities. This should be placed in a sealed envelope and signed across the back flap.
  • Please see additional application information at the website for the Undergraduate Dean’s Office. Information for Applicants

You must submit a sponsorship letter from the agency/organization or a letter of agreement giving evidence of placement along with your application.

Specific Guidelines: Students can apply for an internship arranged by the Hepburn Center, they can apply for an internship of their own devising, or they can express an interest in either type of internship. All Hepburn Center applications will receive initial processing through the Bryn Mawr College Dean’s office, before being forwarded to the Hepburn Center for review.
Application Deadline: February 18, 2009
Contact: Professor Leslie Rescorla, Hepburn Center Director, lrescorl@brynmawr.edu x7318


1) Women’s Reproductive Health Internship – Mentor: Susan Wood

Dr. Susan Wood, who was a Hepburn Fellow in 2007-08, will help facilitate an internship at one of the three Washington, D.C. agencies below, all of which deal with women’s health. Dr. Wood started her career as a lab-based neuroscientist, but shifted careers in 1990 when she took a position at the Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues. Since that time, her work has focused on advocacy for women’s health issues, particularly reproductive rights. She resigned her position as Director of the Food and Drug Administration Office of Women’s Health in 2005 in protest against the FDA’s continued delay in approving Plan B, the emergency over-the-counter contraceptive. She currently is a Research Professor at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services, where her work focuses on the use of scientific knowledge in public policy.

The National Women’s Health Network was founded in 1975 to improve the health of all women by developing and promoting a critical analysis of health issues in order to affect policy and support consumer decision-making. The Network aspires to a health care system that is guided by social justice and reflects the needs of diverse women. See http://www.nwhn.org/internships for more information.

National Center for Research on Women and Families promotes the health and safety of women, children, and families by using objective, research-based information to encourage new, more effective programs and policies. The Center achieves its mission by gathering and analyzing information and translating that information into clearly presented facts and policy implications that are made widely available to the public, the media, and policy makers. See http://www.center4research.org/who1.html#jobs for more information.

Reproductive Health Technologies Project (RHTP), a nonprofit advocacy organization in Washington, DC, works to advance the ability of every woman to achieve full reproductive freedom with access to the safest, most effective, and preferred methods for controlling her fertility and protecting her health. Founded on the belief that politics, more than science or economics, prevents new and improved products from entering the market as well as limits women’s knowledge of and access to technologies, RHTP works to ensure that new technologies are developed and introduced with appropriate safeguards, a well-informed consumer constituency, and broad-based public and policy support. See http://www.rhtp.org/about/employment/default.asp#position3 for more information.

2) TransAfrica Forum Internship – Mentor: Imani Countess

The Hepburn Center has arranged a summer internship for 2009 with Imani Countess, Senior Director of Public Affairs for TransAfrica Forum in Washington, D.C. TransAfrica Forum offers analyses of U.S. foreign policy in the African World by producing reports, policy papers, fact sheets, and issue briefs that explore current issues and policies and make recommendations for policy solutions. Interns will help work to change U.S. and international policies toward the African world. Interns will be expected to attend meetings on Capital Hill and meetings held by nonprofits and NGOs. They will research and provide public policy, historical, legal, and legislative research and analysis and help produce African world news digests, fact sheets, issue briefs, position papers, public policy reports, statements and commentaries, country area reports, talking points, and newsletters. Interns will also support TransAfrica Forum’s public education events, seminars, conferences, community awareness projects, and training programs, presenting to the general public alternative perspectives on the economic, social, and moral ramifications of U.S. foreign policy. They will assist with organizing workshops and training with educators, students, NGOs, and other community groups. Qualifications include background in international policy, research skills, strong written and verbal communication skills, and Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) proficiency.

3) National Portrait Gallery Internship – Mentor: Amy Henderson

The Hepburn Center has arranged an internship with Amy Henderson, Historian at the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C., to work on an upcoming exhibition entitled “From Marlene to Marilyn: Glamour and Desire on the Silver Screen.” Internship duties will include researching fan magazines from the late 1920s-1940s for relevant articles and movie reviews, researching the work of Dietrich and other movie stars for the USO during World War II, and exploring the concept of Hollywood “glamour” during the Golden Age of the studio system. In addition, and depending on the intern’s interest, duties might include reviewing the Portrait Gallery’s performing arts exhibition, “BRAVO!,” and thinking about ways to rotate the key figures it spotlights. Qualifications include a background in cultural history and museum experience, as well as strong verbal, written, and visual image skills.

4) Arden Theatre Company Internship – Mentor: Amy Murphy

In collaboration with Amy Murphy, 2008-09 Hepburn Fellow, The Hepburn Center has arranged an internship with the Arden Theatre Company designed to provide hands-on experience in regional repertory theater. Depending on the candidate’s area of interest, the internship could focus on either arts administration or play production. An arts administration internship provides specialized opportunities in the areas of marketing, development, production management, or general administration. A play-production internship provides experience in the areas of script development and dramaturgy, stage management, lighting, sound, props, costuming, and scenic construction. Arden Theatre internships help aspiring theater professionals build experience and make important career connections. Qualifications include theater experience, strong interpersonal and organizational skills, and strong verbal and written skills.

5) Global Fund for Children – Mentor: Maya Ajmera 89

In collaboration with Maya Ajmera, 2008-09 Hepburn Felow, the Hepburn Center is sponsoring an internship at the Global Fund for Children (GFC) (www.globalfundforchildren.org). The GFC advances the education and dignity of young people around the world through its grantmaking program, which funds community-based organizations that serve the health, rights, and development of children and youth in four major issue areas: Learning, Enterprise, Healthy Minds & Bodies, and Safety. Beyond providing financial support, GFC works to leverage additional support on behalf of its grantee partners, to promote sharing of knowledge and creation of networks, and to provide organizational development assistance. The GFC internship provides a wide range of administrative, research, and programmatic support to the Grantmaking Team. In turn, GFC provides the intern experience in areas such as international development, philanthropy, children’s issues, and the day-to-day operations of a nonprofit organization. Responsibilities will include but are not limited to the following: researching and tracking news on children and global issues for the grantmaking team; providing support for travel and meeting planning; maintaining grantee files and other materials; updating country profiles and other reference materials; creating and/or updating website content; attending relevant meetings; scanning print and electronic media, compiling relevant articles, and assisting with mailings, filing, and special projects as needed. In addition, GFC interns complete a substantive project individually or as part of a small team. These projects are determined by the grantmaking team, taking into account the skills and interests of the selected interns. Past projects have included: an audit of GFC’s organizational development process, exit strategy research, a grantee partner case study, and a concept paper on microgranting. Qualifications: foreign language skill, international experience, strong research and writing ability, knowledge of basic computer applications (Windows, Word, Excel, Access), good interpersonal skills, attention to detail, and a demonstrated commitment to GFC’s mission and values.

6) University of Arizona Internship – Mentor: Ana Maria Lopez 82, M.D.

The Hepburn Center is sponsoring an internship at the University of Arizona in Tucson under the mentorship of 2009 Hepburn Fellow Dr. Ana Maria Lopez, Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine and Pathology and Associate Dean for Outreach and Multicultural Affairs. The intern will be involved in working with Dr. Lopez in the Arizona Telemedicine Program, which uses state-of-the-art technology to provide medical care to members of underserved populations living in distant rural areas who face barriers to obtaining appropriate care in their home communities. The intern will also participate in a summer program sponsored by the Center for Disease Control that focuses on addressing border health delivery and access issues. Some opportunity to shadow Dr. Lopez in her clinical and research activities focused on women’s cancers will also be available. Qualifications include an interest in medical care for underserved populations and in public health issues, strong interpersonal and organizational skills. Bilingual in Spanish preferred but not required. Dr. Lopez is looking for a mature, self-directed learner with a strong commitment to her education as she prepares for a health-related career.

7) Fair Food Internship – Mentor: Sarah Cain

The Hepburn Center is sponsoring an internship at Fair Food, a Philadelphia nonprofit organization that connects local family farms with urban markets. Fair Food helps create, strengthen, and connect locally owned businesses and farms that provide essential human needs to the Philadelphia region. It also works to support minority entrepreneurs in this new economy and to educate the public about the benefits and responsibilities of building a local living economy. Fair Food is dedicated to bringing locally grown food into the Philadelphia marketplace and promoting a humane, sustainable agriculture for the Greater Philadelphia region. Fair Food has an extensive network of local farm suppliers who provide seasonal fruits and vegetables, local cheeses, pickles and preserves, and a variety of other local food products to be sold at the Fair Food Farmstand at the Reading Terminal in Philadelphia. The internship will involve working at the Farmstand, learning about the local food economy, helping to organize and cater tours to local farms, and working on projects aimed at building a new economy based on local business ownership, fair business practices, the local food system, and love of nature. Weekend availability is a must, as peak days for the Farmstand are Saturday and Sunday. Most week, the work schedule will be Wednesday to Sunday. Qualifications include strong interpersonal and organizational skills, knowledge of food production and preparation, and commitment to fair and sustainable food production.

8) Bryn Mawr 125th Anniversary Exhibit Internship – Mentor: Leslie Rescorla

The Hepburn Center will be supporting an internship for a student to work on an exhibition to be mounted in conjunction with the College’s 125th anniversary in 2010. The exhibition will consist of a collection of Power Point posters containing photographs and text about some of the extraordinary women who graduated from the College in its first 25 years, such as Katharine Houghton Hepburn and Gertrude Ely. Each poster will focus on the life and achievements of one of these remarkable Bryn Mawr women. The intern will work closely with Leslie Rescorla, Hepburn Center Director, to select the graduates and review their biographical information, choose images for the posters, and write text highlighting their accomplishments. Qualifications include strong research and writing skills, expertise with Power Point, ability to work independently, and interest in social and cultural history.

9) Language Development Early Intervention Internship – Mentor: Leslie Rescorla

A generous gift from parents of a preschool child will allow the Hepburn Center to support an internship in the area of early language development. The intern will read literature about early language development, language delay, and interventions to boost language skills. She will have the opportunity to work with Early Intervention programs at the Thorne School and the Child Study Institute serving children with language delays. The civic engagement component of the internship will involve working in an early childhood program serving children from disadvantaged families. The intern’s role will be to provide language stimulation activities for the children, drawing on the skills she is acquiring from her review of the literature and her participation on Bryn Mawr’s Early Intervention programs. Qualifications include strong experience and skills working with preschool children, both those with typical development and those with special needs; strong interpersonal skills; interest in child development and early intervention; ability to work independently; and interest in culturally diverse experience.

10) Open Society Institute Internship – Mentor: Helena Choi

Cynthia Eyakuze, 2008 Hepburn Fellow, has arranged an internship at the Soros Open Society Institute in the Public Health Watch (PHW) project in the Public Health Program. PHW works to strengthen meaningful and sustained engagement by infected and affected communities in the development, implementation, and monitoring of HIV and TB policies, programs and practices by supporting advocates to identify and document priority human rights issues, and to press for accountability. The key issues PHW works on include promoting equitable access to HIV prevention, care and treatment for women in socially marginalized groups and sexual and reproductive health services for women living with HIV; rights-based HIV testing; and effective and urgent response to drug resistant TB and TB/HIV co-infection. The intern will help document the process and outcomes of a project on marginalized women, for which nine organizations were given grants to monitor and advocate for increased access to sexual and reproductive health and HIV services. Duties will include developing a questionnaire, communicating with organizations, and compiling the information in a case study format. The intern will also assist with the research and drafting of a background paper on TB/HIV treatment literacy. Qualifications include background and interest in health/international policy, women’s rights, HIV/AIDS and TB, research skills, strong written and verbal communication skills, and Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) proficiency.

11) Philadelphia Mural Arts Program Internship – Mentor: Jane Golden

The Hepburn Center arranged this internship in collaboration with Jane Golden, who was awarded the 2009 Hepburn Medal in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program (MAP). The internship provides the opportunity to work alongside a professional muralist and provides a great learning experience for any artist to gain solid mural-making skills. The intern will assist not only in the creation of murals but also work for the betterment of our community by serving as part of a team exploring Philadelphia as an advocate for change through beauty, harmony, and balance. The internship will involve work over the summer for a period of 8 to 10 weeks at one of MAP’s large-scale mural sites located throughout the city. With hands on instruction from muralists and their assistants, the intern will learn the basics of mural-making from preparation and priming to installation and dedication. No previous mural experience is required but an interest in art is helpful. The intern may be asked to mix paints, prime walls, prepare the grid and paint on a large-scale mural. The abilities to listen and carefully follow directions are essential to success. The intern will also be given a tour of the City’s murals and learn about the history of the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program as part of orientation.

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