Thanks to the generosity of one of the members of the board of trustees as well as several other donors, Bryn Mawr seniors have an opportunity to take advantage of two $30,000 paid internships after they graduate- one at international relief and development organization CARE and the other at Women's World Banking, the only microfinance network with an explicit focus on women.
The deadline to apply for the year-long internships is March 1. The exact nature of the work involved with these internships will depend on the qualifications of the students selected. The CARE placement is likely to be in Atlanta and the Women's World Banking placement in New York.
Members of the class of 2013 with the following qualifications are urged to apply to Senior Advisor for International Initiatives Susan Sutton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Will graduate in May 2013
- Have pursued coursework relevant to one or both of the organizations
- Have held a summer (or other) internship, done study abroad, or conducted field research relevant to the proposed placement
- Strong academic performance (minimum GPA of 3.3)
- Potential to excel in a large, mission-driven organization requiring teamwork, commitment to the mission, communication skills, and diligence in completing projects
- Clear connection between the placement and the applicant's career goals
- Good representative of Bryn Mawr College, who will enhance our relationship with the organization and pave the way for placements for future Bryn Mawr graduates
Applications should include:
- Cover message with contact information and identifying which placement is being sought (if applying for both, submit a separate statement of purpose for each)
- Copy of transcript (unofficial is fine)
- Statement of purpose, which discusses why you are interested in the placement, how it connects to your career goals, and what courses, experiences, and characteristics make you a good candidate (700 words maximum)
- Two recommendations (have these sent separately; one from a faculty member, one from a person who has supervised you in an internship, job, or independent research project)
Applications will be reviewed first at Bryn Mawr, finalists will be sent to each organization for selection. One or both organizations may ask for an interview in making this selection.
"As a college founded for the education and advancement of women, we are aware that the goal of gender equity remains a distant one in most parts of the world," said Sutton in announcing the opportunities. "The College has committed itself to working closely with partner organizations to create and direct purposeful change in the lives of women everywhere. We are thankful for the generosity of our board member for the funding of these opportunities and honored to have CARE and Women's World Banking as collaborators in this work."
In recent years, officials from CARE and Women's World Banking have taken part in several on-campus events as part of Bryn Mawr President Jane McAuliffe's efforts to bring leading international educators, advocates and NGO leaders together to discuss solutions to the world's most pressing concerns—extreme poverty, environmental degradation, the ravages of war and conflicts—and how these injustices fall disproportionately on women. CARE President and CEO Helene Gayle was the recipient of the 2011 Katharine Hepburn Medal. Women's World Banking President and CEO Mary Ellen Iskenderian gave the keynote address at the recent "Next Wave" conference.