August 13, 2015
Communications and Marketing
In today's competitive job market, summer internships are extremely valuable for students seeking to apply what they learn in the classroom to a professional environment. They allow them to explore career options in their field of study, enrich their knowledge base in preparation for graduate-level study, and forge professional relationships and learn the culture of the workplace.
Marie (Horton) '78 and Ron Cole '78 understand how vital this experience is to today's students- and how difficult it can be for those who can't afford to forgo a paycheck for a summer.
"A substantive internship has become essential for college students looking to enter the workforce," says Marie Cole. "It is an opportunity to explore the field of study they have chosen, and to experiment and perhaps expand their horizons. It is also an opportunity for employers to meet future employees. Unfortunately, many internships are unpaid making it difficult for some students who want to work for the summer. We are happy to extend this opportunity to a Saint Anselm student. "
In order to make this a reality, this year the Coles established the Cole Fellowship to provide funding each summer to one student in good academic standing doing a full-time internship.
India Barrows '16, was the first recipient, spending eight weeks this summer in Alicante, Spain, where she interned at a local communication firm, Símbolo Ingenio Creativo. There, the Spanish and communication major worked directly with the director of communication, doing translation for client websites and social media pages, as well as writing blog posts in Spanish and English for the firm's own blog.
When on campus, Barrows is an involved and dedicated member of the Saint Anselm community. As a junior, she joined activities at the Multicultural Center, where she helped organize a Finding Unity Retreat "for anyone who feels they're in an underrepresented group on campus."
"I'm a dreamer. I have big ideas, but executing them was difficult," she says. "I've learned to go ahead and do it. It's worth it." The retreat was a success, and she is planning another. "I'm a grassroots kind of girl. I like doing things that bring people together."
Barrows' future plans include a postgraduate year of service, grad school, and working with non-profit community organizations.