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St. John’s College Students Set Hodson Internship Record

MICUA Matters Spring 2018

This summer, St. John’s College student Beimnet Kebede will return to his homeland of Ethiopia, where he’ll intern with Digital Green, an organization that trains rural farmers to use digital technology. Anne Freeman is bound for Washington, D.C. to intern with David M. Schwarz Architects, a prominent architectural firm. Kapil Adhikari will fly to his home country of Nepal and intern for Red Circle Creative Solutions.

Kebede, Freeman, and Adhikari are three of 42 St. John’s students who received Hodson Trust Internships this summer all over the world. A record 76 students applied.

“It feels like a challenging job,” Adhikari says. “It’s uncharted territory, so I’m a little nervous, but I’m very confident.” The Hodson program, made possible through a grant from the Hodson Trust, provides funding for summer internships for undergraduate students. Students can apply for funding for otherwise unfunded internships or design their own projects, working directly with mentors in their field.

Jaime Dunn, Director of the Office of Career Services, says internships are valuable because they let Johnnies experience possible careers and gain a better understanding of what they may—or may not—want to do in life. Dunn plans to complete site visits for students completing local internships. Her office assists students throughout the process of finding and applying for Hodson Internships, and follows up with them during and after the internships are complete. Dozens of recipients will work throughout the U.S., including Sean Miller who will complete a local internship in Annapolis with the Anne Arundel County Office of the Public Defender.

Students will travel to South Africa, Czech Republic, South Korea, Ethiopia, and Nepal for internships in fields ranging from medicine, politics, and law to art, radio, and theater.

“This is the next step in the journey,” Miller says.