Session I: 12:30-1:25pm

October 17, 2014

Carr 102 The Diversity of Law
The idea of “practicing law” often brings to mind the image of well-dressed lawyers debating before a robed judge in a lavish courtroom. While this is a major aspect of the judicial system, this scenario would be null and void without the other many facets of the legal system working cohesively together. Through this panel, we seek to inform the audience about the opportunities they could pursue if interested in the legal field. Big law firms, small law offices, courts, senators’ legislative offices, NGOs, are just a fraction of options available. Each of these places has different characteristics, recruiting procedures and working environments. Though the legal field is traditionally male-dominated and white, Mount Holyoke women should not think of themselves as disadvantaged when competing for such job opportunities. This panel will inform students of how they can effectively network, search for the internship opportunities that pique their interests, and how to make best use of their internships. We seek to expose the reality of what a career in the legal field is like today. By using our own experiences, we hope to convey to the audience that law is really about embracing diversities; it is about who you are, what you believe in and the causes for which you are willing to fight.
Law in Practice
Lauren Allen Against the Grain: The Practice of Law is What You Make It
Kate Xiaohui Gui Thinking About an Internship in a Big Law Firm?
Clapp 203 Public Services and Civil Solutions
“The good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life,” said Jane Addams, feminist, social worker, and Nobel laureate. Grassroots organizing, health research, and civil rights legislation were the missions of the panelists this summer. The work completed within our internships made strides towards improvements in public health and services through medical research, civic engagement and human rights advocacy. Although each intern worked with different social issues, all were involved, directly or indirectly, with work in creating solutions to better the environment and the human autonomy of our respective locations. We each integrated ourselves into programs creating improvements in communities to help bring to our respective populations privileges we, for the most part, enjoy. We worked with women’s policy initiatives in Washington D.C., the HIV virus in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for food equity in Oakland, California, and with emergency department patients on primary health concerns in New York City.
Women's Rights Initiatives: Title IX
Addressing HIV: Devastated Communities Fighting Back
Caitlyn P. Dargel A New York City Emergency Room: What Actually Happens There?
Rosalind I. Waltz-Peters Barefoot in Business Casual: Oakland-Style Grassroots Public
Clapp 206 Guide to Success in International Professional Settings
Have you ever considered working for an international company? Does the idea of cultural differences in professional settings scare you? Through sharing our internship experiences in business and educational markets in China, Russia, Belgium and the US, we hope to spark your hunger for aspiring to an international career. In order to create our panel we addressed the differences between working environments across the globe that we all faced while interning in international markets. The empirical evidence of our panel members suggests that there are ways to adjust international communication skills and apply them to the professional settings and, as a result, successfully internationalize your resumé. 
Working in a Multi-Lingual Environment
Daria Bazueva Education for Everybody: Breaking Barriers to Access
Gabriela Trujillo The Importance of Intent in Communication
Katya Korotaeva Across the Border: Professional Ethics and Environment Outside of the US
Clapp 218 Fair Trade: Bridging Global Knowledge to Local Development
This panel will discuss the experiences of five Mount Holyoke women who sought to form a connection between their liberal arts education and community empowerment. Working in Nepal, India, Ethiopia and Tanzania in the fields of environmental development (the energy, water and sanitation sectors) and women’s empowerment, they found ways to channel their classroom experience into engaging in the development of their local communities. Nonetheless, they all faced challenges in  their work due to its diversity: from one doing independent research, to others in non-profit organizations and think tanks. Overall, the knowledge they gained at Mount Holyoke evolved to local practice in these developing economies and they were able to shift and break their prejudices by learning about the differences of on-the-ground work. In the end, they realized the value of their liberal arts education as it helped gain a fair trade between their global knowledge and local practice.
Grey Matters 
A Glimpse into the Non-Profit World
Women LEAD: Empowering Young Women to Become Future Leaders 
Garima Batra Take Poo to the Loo: Demystifying Sanitation in India
Eskedar Gessesse Think Globally, Act Locally – Promoting Access to Clean Energy in Arusha, Tanzania
Cleveland L1 Research to Reality
What does it take to transform research into a final product? This summer, the four panelists learned the answer to this question -- but delivered their findings to four very different audiences that included environmentalists, rural Saudi Arabian women, scientists, and high school girls from the area. While each panelist’s work was different, it was united by a strong need to collect accurate data, a drive to make an impact, and environments in which "knowing your audience" was key. Come to this panel to learn about the many different directions in which research can take you!
Empowering through Environmental Education 
Casey C. Accardi Business, Education, and Technology: Where They Intersect, with an International Twist
Summer on the Connecticut River-Internship with The Nature Conservancy 
Daphne Chang Research and Publication at an Environmental Law Think Tank: A Range of Steps, Roles and Audience
Cleveland L2 How Do I STEM?: How to Apply Science,
Technology, Engineering and Mathematics to the Real World
Interested in how to translate your analytical skills into solving real world problems? Want to learn more about STEM-related research and work opportunities and how problem solving plays a role in finding solutions? Our panelists will talk about their experiences in mathematical modeling, software design, solar cell research and theoretical mathematics. Our theme focuses on how to troubleshoot problems within STEM fields and how to apply our knowledge from course work to the real world.
Using Quantum Dots to Harness the Sun
Stephanie Stark Body-and-CAD Rigidity Theory in the Plane: Theoretical Mathematics in Application to Computer Science and Engineering
Buyannemekh Munkhbat Mathematical Modeling and Its Application in Tuberculosis (TB) Transmission
Sehr Aziz Sethi Software Design Techniques: How to Code for Big Corporations
Cleveland L3 Can I See Your ID?:
Interpreting Self and Society the World Over
Four continents. Three months. Two visas. One LEAP into the unexpected. From Hudson to Galway, from Cairo to Hanoi we immersed ourselves in landscapes outside of what we knew. Whether addressing self, language, home, or perception, we found our understanding of Identity to be rich, nuanced, and in continual motion. We explored issues of race, art, history, nationality, privilege, and globalization as part of our internship and research experiences. What do we use to define ourselves and others? How influential are these notions in how we interact with our world? Can Identity be defined? Do you have yours? So, what will we see when we see your ID?
Identity as Perception
Mona Shadi Identity as Home
Identity as Language
Brooke Ly Huynh Identity as Self
Kendade 107 Education: The True Missing Link
Throughout history, education has proven to be an invaluable tool in all aspects of humanity; it has the power to liberate, dominate and manipulate. Nonetheless, all levels of the education system need to work in harmony in order for education to be truly effective. As interns, we explored the many facets of the educational system within unconventional classroom settings. Ranging from the gifted to the underprivileged, disabled, and forgotten, our experiences led us to believe that education has the power to fortify the connections between communities, regardless of location, space, or time. Pushing past the boundaries of traditional education by drawing from the administrative experiences gained in Liberia, the teaching experiences gained in Nicaragua, and the counseling experiences gained by working with diverse populations, we realized that education is the true missing link for empowering communities.
Teaching Insight from a Counselor
Keya Chilka Breaking Barriers: Analyzing Acceptance within a Camp Community
Gabrielle A Barnett Education: The Secret Weapon against Destruction 
Tiane Elle Kneerim The Transformative Power of Peace and Education for a Community
Kendade 203 Tying Curriculum to Career? When the Road Forks
Career goals are not static.  The four seniors on this panel went into the summer of 2014 with the expectation of solidifying what field they wanted to enter after graduation. Students representing the fields of medicine, law, engineering, and marketing underwent different types of metamorphoses over the summer.  For two students, the summer confirmed their desire to enter their chosen field, while two are now no longer sure.  One student accepted an internship in a field she was unsure she wanted to enter, and fell in love with the work she was doing.  Another student had begun her graduate school search, but after experiencing the workplace she would be entering, has decided to seek a different path. Some students were excited about their internships at the beginning of the summer, others less so.  Some found their internships through job fairs and the Career Development Center, while some resorted to inspiration from Netflix. Through their summer experiences, they learned to make the most of opportunities, and above all else to work hard.  These students will be sharing stories about their journeys, and lessons learned throughout their past four years at Mount Holyoke College.
Coming Full Circle: Why Your Major Is Arbitrarily Apt
Julia Karron Communication is Key: What it Really Means to Work in Communications, PR, and  Marketing
Carley Przystac Engineering my Future: Perception vs. Reality
Nisha R. Malik Bridging Cultural, Social, and Financial Gaps in Health Care
Kendade 303 "Lynking" Liberal Arts with
Business, Technology and Entrepreneurship
During the summer, we worked at different types of organizations - non-profits, startups, big tech companies and consulting firms. Whether in Shanghai, Spanish Harlem, Buenos Aires, or Silicon Valley, we utilized our liberal arts skills to be successful. The environment of a liberal arts community is in its nature diverse and all-encompassing, allowing us to have exposure to an array of fields, and because of this we had an easier time navigating different spaces. We were able to bring this malleability to our internships and through each story we will be exploring the different spaces, challenges, observations, and successes we experienced.
Life at Google: Summer in the Silicon Valley
Silicon Valley Experience : Working and Living with Startup Entrepreneurs
Janaya Katherine Reid The Transition from Philosophy Towards Consulting 
Kaleen Ali Iwema Do you Dare?!: Interning at Startups in Argentina
Denisse Jerez Tying Museum to the Community
Kendade 305 The Truth Behind Wonder Woman:
the Story Behind the Leader
Societal norms and ideologies influence the power structure within the workforce. This panel provides a forum to discuss women’s leadership in male-dominated industries.  A comparison of public and private sectors provides real-life scenarios.  What are some of the challenges women encounter when entering a competitive profession compared to male colleagues?  How can women confront workplace stereotypes?  The panelist will link interdisciplinary research to summer internship experiences, and identify the effects of gender roles in broadcast media and politics.
The Team Behind the News 
Rebecca M. San Juan Reinvent the Story: Developing the News at Telemundo
Sharon Looney-Armstrong Empowering Women Leaders for Today and Tomorrow
Camille Theriaque High Achieving Women + Internalized Messages of Inadequacy = Imposter Syndrome
Lauren Seely Woman Behind the Camera
Reese 302 Finding Our Places in the World: Four Summers Abroad
Within the realm of internships, international placements pose unique challenges. This past summer, four young women traveled to China, Ecuador, and South Korea in order to assist in the field of education. While teaching vernacular English to biochemists in Shanghai, enhancing the computer literacy of rural kids in Ecuador, supporting research in ICT development for women, and promoting the growth of school libraries in rural Asia, these four women overcame workplace difficulties that are distinctive to interning abroad. Their struggles included dealing with language barriers and cultural clashes as well as gaining the trust of their supervisors. By applying their Mount Holyoke education when faced with these obstacles, they were able to demonstrate their abilities within their respective internships and make valuable contributions to their work organizations. These internships also served as a reflective experience for these four seniors and their possible post-graduate paths.
Tamar Alvarenga Educaniños: An Internship in Teaching and Exploring Language Skills
Iskra Batista Poblete Scavenging the Internet and Communicating through Seoul: An ICT Internship Abroad
Ashley Lauren Kareken Improving China's Literacy, One Book at a Time
Stephany L. Yang A Social Science Major Teaching a Humanities Subject in an International Science Company