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Carolyn Ginder interns in Washington, D.C.


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Carolyn Ginder '19

Wayne, Illinois

Majors in Environmental Studies and Political Science

As an intern for the International Women's Forum in Washington, D.C., Carolyn writes, designs, and produces content.

Carolyn Ginder interns in Washington, D.C.

Please describe your internship.

My internship is actually at the International Women's Forum. I chose the Washington Semester program because my advisor Andrew Civettini recommended it to me as a great opportunity to get some real-world experience working and taking my skills that I learned in the classroom out into real work.

I work in the Creative Services and Production Department. This means that I am working on making program books, videos for marketing, signage for events, and overall creative content for the events the IWF puts on.

What Knox resources were helpful in getting the internship?

One of the major things that got me the internship was not only my high school experience in working in graphic design, but [also] taking a class with Christie Cirone and learning how to use the same programs that I am using today in the office like Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop. Having learned these skills by taking graphic design, I was able to add these to my resume, and I think these skills really helped me to not only get the job but to succeed in it as well. I really enjoy my internship because it allows me to be creative while making an impact on women's rights issues.

What inspired you to pursue this project?

One major activity that impacted me selecting this internship was the planning of the Take Back the Night March in 2018. I worked closely with Janell McGruder from the counseling center in order to plan this event, and it really helped me see that women's rights issues were something that I was very passionate about.

What are some extracurricular activities that are very important to you?

Something that is a big part of my life is Habitat for Humanity. I am president of the Knox College Chapter and have been since the end of my freshman year. I was passionate about construction work in high school and spent the last three summers working for a construction company while also planning Habitat for Humanity trips with my friends and family. I recently planned a 2018 spring break trip to Manistique, Michigan, with the Knox College Habitat for Humanity Chapter.

Think back to your college search: Why did you choose Knox?

I was first recommended to Knox College by the book Colleges that Change Lives. I went to a small, private liberal arts high school of about 120 people called Elgin Academy. When searching for a college, one of the most important things for me was finding a college that felt like home.

The Knox College community does that and beyond for me. It allows me to have relationships with my professors that allow me to be comfortable in my learning environment, and those professors go the extra mile to make sure I have what I need to succeed. Knox College has also provided me with the opportunities to make strong friendships with my peers. I am truly thankful for all Knox College has done for me, and I honestly can't say enough good things about it!

What about who you are now would surprise your high school friends?

I think what would surprise my high school friends the most is how Knox College has opened my mind to so many different perspectives from people from all over the world. This experience, meeting a bunch of different people, really changed my perspective on the world and taught me a lot, both in and out of the classroom.

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Printed on Monday, September 23, 2019