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Four students receive fully-funded international internships

April 17, 2012 | Wendy Bredhold
Wendy Bredhold
Media Relations Specialist News and Information Services 812/461-5259
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An image from World Endeavors' India gallery. Two of the four USI students who received Global Engagement Internships are traveling to India.
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The University of Southern Indiana has awarded four Global Engagement Internships that will allow students to travel to Scotland, Africa, and India this summer. The fully-funded internships, coordinated through the Office of International Programs and Services, will provide the students with the opportunity to gain a better understanding of global issues and challenges that impact the world.

Catherine Carver of Deltona, Florida, a USI history major with a minor in anthropology, has been selected as the recipient of the Global Engagement Internship to the New Lanark World Heritage Site in Scotland May 10 through June 22. New Lanark is a restored 18th century cotton mill village connected to USI’s Historic New Harmony through the life and work of Robert Owen, founder of social experiments at both New Lanark and New Harmony.

Carver will help develop a public search room to support access to New Lanark’s collection of photographs, maps, drawings, and documents. The work will connect the New Lanark collection to the collections housed at USI’s David L. Rice Library and in New Harmony. Read more about Catherine Carver’s internship.

Biochemistry major Chelsea Heibel, a junior from Fort Wayne, Indiana, is spending eight weeks in Ghana, May 10 to July 8, with the World Endeavors volunteer program. She will spend up to four weeks in the city of Kumasi, where she is staying with a host family in the city’s suburbs and working in the maternity wing of the local hospital. She has a CNA and the focus of her work there will be with pregnant women and young mothers. Read more about Heibel’s internship.

Jordan Whitledge of Evansville, a senior business administration, economics, and political science major and 2011-12 Student Government Association president, will spend six weeks with World Endeavors in Jaipur, the capital and largest city of India’s Rajasthan region, July 6-August 18. While in India, Whitledge expects to work with the homeless and serve as an English tutor. Read more about Whitledge.

Brittney Van Laeken of Evansville, a nursing major, is headed to a remote area of India this summer. Her internship is being coordinated through Cross-Cultural Solutions, one of the oldest international volunteer organizations in the region. Her trip, from May 25 to June 4, will take her to the city of Dharamsala in the Himalayas. Since 1959, the city has been an enclave for the Dalai Lama and the exiled Tibetan government. Her work will include a focus on adults with alcohol and substance abuse problems. Read more about Van Laeken.

To learn more about international travel opportunities at USI, contact the Office of International Programs and Services at 812/465-1248.

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