This summer, Knox students are applying what they've learned in the classroom at locales around the world -- from Kenya to Barcelona, New York City to Guatemala. Through internships and research, they are gaining real-world experience, writing for major newspapers and magazines, supporting entrepreneurs, collaborating with researchers at other universities, providing medical and emotional support, and so much more. Here's what a few of them have been doing through summer internships and research:
Pudong Institute for the U.S. Economy
Allister researched health care systems in the U.S. and China during her internship at the Pudong Institute for the U.S. Economy in Shanghai, China.
Tri-Mission to France, U.S. Consulate
As a state department intern, Katie drafts press reviews and participates in ceremonies commemorating the two World Wars.
Tiesa is responsible for providing estimates for retrofit change requests for the Boeing 787-8 and 787-9 Dreamliners.
Samantha is interning with the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES) on the first international literacy brigade.
As Green As It Gets
Annika is a development intern who helps obtain grants and manage microloans to support Guatemalan entrepreneurs.
Travel + Leisure magazine
Jenneke is an editorial intern at the world's leading travel magazine, where she writes blog posts and assists magazine staff with interviews and travel research.
Victory Gardens Theatre
As a Kemper arts management intern, Alyssa works in marketing, development and administration, and the box office.
Amigos de las Américas
Kelly is a project supervisor for a non-profit organization that builds youth leaders through collaborative community development and cross-cultural experiences throughout Latin America.
Research: Green Chemistry
Marika is making new anhydrous compounds of iron complexes that promote green chemistry.
Highlights for Children
Laura assists with public relations for the Highlights family of publications, where she is planning and executing a new magazine launch in New York City.
Clear Channel Communications
Ashley is writing online news blogs for four radio stations in the Minneapolis area, where she also covers breaking entertainment news and attends exclusive recording sessions with artists.
Los Angeles Mayor's Office
As an Office of Economic and Business Policy intern, Philip organizes focus groups with small businesses and accompanies Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa at business openings.
Research: Embryo Imaging
Kelli is imaging Xenopus laevis (frog) embryos in vivo throughout development using an ultra-compact MRI and collaborating with researchers at other universities.
Elicia is learning about how the economic crisis has affected the European economy at the alternative investment division of Pinnacle Absolute in Barcelona, Spain.
OSF Galesburg Clinic
Arnold is shadowing a physician assistant at the OSF Galesburg Clinic, where he is interacting with patients and learning about the day-to-day operations of a medical practice.
As Green As It Gets
Bobby is gaining first-hand experience in non-profit organization management, economic development, and environmentally sustainable agriculture in San Miguel Escobar, Guatemala.
Research: Female Musicians
Laurel Tippe is researching the variety of ways women use music as a means for social and political action.
Robin works with young parents and their children and evaluates fellow social service workers in the Chicago area through her internship with the social service organization UCAN.
St. Joseph's Mission Hospital
Through Medics to Africa, Shelly helps out in the medical, surgical, maternity, and pediatric wards at a hospital in Migori, Kenya.
Cody is a developer at the start-up payment company Dwolla, where he is learning about the application of computer science and how it functions in a business environment.
OSF St. Francis Medical Center
Sterling is a research assistant at the Center for Collaborative Brain Research in Functional MRI laboratory.
Research: Nerve Regeneration
Hatim is working with marine peanut worms (Sipuncula), which are shown to regenerate their anterior end after amputation or damage in their normal environment.
Anne tracks media coverage, pitches events to the media, and brainstorms new public relations strategies for clients.
Office of the State Archaeologist at the University of IowaJohn is working with a project archaeologist who recently led an expedition in Mills County, Iowa.
Research: Parallel Programming Languages
Andrei is learning parallel programming languages, developing educational materials, and evaluating how suitable they are for the classroom.
U.S. Mission in Kampala, Uganda
Dzifa is a financial management intern at the U.S. Mission (U.S. Embassy) in Kampala, Uganda, where she assists with budget analysis, voucher examination, and accounting.
Addie is a creative writing program leader for Stand & Serve, an initiative that promotes equality, respect, and safety to prevent sexual and domestic violence.
Matt's ability to speak Spanish, a skill honed while studying abroad, is serving him well during his internship. His story on immigration policy landed on the front page of the publication.