FULLY-FUNDED AND PAID INTERNSHIPS IN GETTYSBURG, KENYA AND NICARAGUA
Made possible by a generous gift from James Heston, ‘70, the Heston Summer Program -- aims to further Gettysburg College's vision for active engagement in local and global contexts by providing a summer experience to students. Through domestic and international immersion, students have an extraordinary opportunity to engage in the work of community action.
Participating students focus on daily community development, sharpening their understanding of the complexity of social issues. By placing students in local and international contexts, the program offers rich opportunities for learning and action, allowing students to develop strong friendships and learn what its like to tackle some of the world's most challenging problems.
ORIENTATION IN GETTYSBURG
The program begins with the entire group of participants in Gettysburg. With guidance from professionals at the Center for Public Service, participants will become acquainted with each other and introduced to the experiences that lie ahead.
HOST ORGANIZATION INTRODUCTION
Upon completion of the orientation, students will be introduced to their host organizations and staff to gain a full understanding of the resources, people, and projects currently in progress.
Both program sites feature professional staff to guide students through the experience, assisting in the smooth integration of every student into community and ensuring that each student has the tools to be successful in the program.
Reflecting upon experiences bi-monthly will enable students to share resources, link the theoretical to the practical, and relax. This will help students deepen their understanding of themselves and the process of community development.
Ongoing education and reflection are key components. Learning about social issues as well as developing professional skills is vital to developing and managing a sustainable work plan.
Once internships are underway and students have worked with their host organizations to develop a work plan and initiate a needs assessment, each student has the opportunity to develop a mini-grant proposal and receive a grant to support project implementation.
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WHAT ARE HESTON INTERNS DOING NOW?
Amy Hoffman '08
Heston Nicaragua 2007, Rehabilitation for disabled children
CURRENT: ER Nurse, Baltimore City Level-1 Trauma Center
Christine Crayton '10
Heston Nicaragua 2007, English Teacher at a Primary/secondary school
CURRENT: Teacher Assistant, middle school for special needs in Queens, NY
John Jordan '09
Heston Nicaragua 2007, HIV/AIDS Trainer
CURRENT: Honduras National Coordinator for The Alliance for HIV
Heston Gettysburg 2008, LIU #12 Migrant Education Teacher
CURRENT: English Teaching Assistant with the Fulbright Program in Brazil
Heston Nicaragua 2008, Women's Mental and Reproductive Health
CURRENT: Project Coordinator at Georgia State University's Center for Healthy Development
Aimee George '09
Heston Gettysburg 2008, Adams County Office for Aging
CURRENT: Community Development Trainer, Burmese refugee camp on the Thai-Burma border.
Becky Brown '10
Heston Nicaragua 2008, ESL and Art Educator
CURRENT: Peace Corps Volunteer in Ecuador
Hannah Kane '10
Heston Nicaragua 2009, Domestic Violence
CURRENT: Organizer with the DC Employment Justice Center
Gwendolyn Brown '11
Heston Nicaragua 2009, Environmental Educator
CURRENT: Research Associate at the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) in Washington, D.C
Kate Sweetland-Lambird '10
Heston Gettysburg 2009, El Centro/The Center, Latino Educational Summer Camp
CURRENT: Program Coordinator at iMentor
Alexandra Harper '11
Heston Nicaragua 2009, Rehabilitation for disabled children
CURRENT: Graduate Student, Occupational Therapy at the University of Pittsburgh.
Laura Block '11
Heston Uganda 2010, Primary School Teacher
CURRENT: Technical Coordinator HIV/STI clinical services and prevention program , Save the Children in Ethiopia.
Devan Grote '11
Heston Gettysburg 2010, Campus Kitchen
CURRENT: Economic Development Specialist, Fay-Penn Economic Development Council