Hodson Internship Program Encourages Hands-On Learning

The 2019 Hodson Internship recipients will spend their summers engaged in a diverse array of professional endeavors. 

Made possible through a generous grant from the Hodson Trust, the Hodson Trust internship program provides funding for summer internships for undergraduate students.

See the full list of Hodson projects below!

Tbel Abuseridze (A20)
GeoAstro, Tbilisi, Georgia

Learn to operate telescopes and take pictures of deep space objects; assist in post-processing pictures and sharing with the world through designated astrophotography websites with the main goal of engaging youth in the journey of space exploration through cameras and telescopes.

Cordelia Achen (A19)*
Laboratory for Develop. Studies, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Work with a primary researcher recruiting and scheduling child participants and their families; test children; perform data analysis; and aid in the design of new studies for developmental psychology lab.

Shweta Agarwal (A21)
Studio Interweave, East Sikkim, India

Assist architects with a minimum of two ongoing projects in the studio; make drawings and presentations for client discussions; visit site to monitor work; discuss and deliberate design revisions and material selection; assist in finalizing construction details.

Sanju Baral (A20)
Psychbigyaan Network Nepal, Kirtipur, Nepal

Support organization with research, activism and publications related to psychology; conduct interviews with prominent psychologists of Nepal; and attend weekly psycho-educational seminars.

Jared Bassmann (A20)*
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY

Gain exposure to the hospital environment; participate in weekly grand rounds/summer methods classes, laboratory, service research, morbidity and mortality meetings and participate in trainings; observe surgical and clinical activities with the hepatopancreatobiliary group.

Samuel Berrettini (A21)*
Boston University, Social Learning Lab, Boston, MA

Work with children and gain experience with psychological research in education and social cognition; assist in subject recruitment, interaction with siblings, parents and families; assist with child and adult participants, stimuli creation, and data analysis.

Jacob Burger (A19)
Maryland State Archives, Annapolis, MD

Work with the digital archivist manager as an imaging services intern; explore the work of other departments of the Archives.

Matteo Burrell (A19)*
Univ. of California, Berkeley, Language & Cognitive Dev. Lab, Berkeley, CA

Assist with data collection; work on stimuli creation and preparation of study materials; read relevant theoretical and empirical papers; recruit participants; process or analyze data; attend weekly lab meetings and reading groups to discuss the theory behind the research projects; and present the project.

Francisco Contreras (A20)
Academy of Thought & Industry, San Francisco, CA

Join the ATI team as it moves to incorporate its programming into Montessori schools; help describe, develop, and document the curriculum across the network of schools; work with the curriculum development team to help ensure that programming is consistently Socratic in a deeply Johnnie manner and is designed to support educators new to guiding conversations.

Julia Cooper (A20)
Da Vinci College Kagerstraat, Leiden, Netherlands

Assist teacher in art class; evaluate last year’s art program; re-develop the program for the upcoming year; plan, organize, and guide student projects; assist students with final assessment.

Sofia Creskoff (A22)
University of Chicago, Basic Program, Graham School, Chicago, IL

Develop an understanding of Great Books education and the Basic Program in general; review and discuss relevant curated material; conduct research as needed; interview stakeholders; assist in a structural review of the program; support the drafting of a strategic plan.

Lester Fu (A22)
Univ. of California, Berkeley, Language & Cognitive Dev. Lab, Berkeley, CA

Assist with data collection; work on stimuli creation and preparation of study materials; read relevant theoretical and empirical papers; recruit participants; process or analyze data; attend weekly lab meetings and reading groups to discuss the theory behind the research projects; and present the project.

Nortaute Grintalis (A21)
Hunt Institute for Global Competitiveness, El Paso, TX

Focus on working with the Institute’s authors and staff to provide copy and substantive editing; contribute original research; develop strategies to improve external communications; attend events and meetings for the Institute.

Karlena Haase (A19)**
New York University Press, New York, NY

Learn the basics of how to craft a marketing plan for a book, how to target online and print media, and social media techniques for promoting authors and their books; write press releases; create ad and direct mail copy; design ads and fliers; solicit author blog entries; and attend editorial meetings.

Allegra Hall (A22)
Gamut Theater, Harrisburg, PA

Work closely with the Exec. Dir. on administration matters including communications with the Board, donors, and ongoing partnerships; take and distribute notes at management meetings; learn to read a monthly financial statement; assist with special events and general upkeep of theatre and office.

Elizabeth Hartzell (A20)
University of Texas, EVO Learn, Austin, TX

Conduct data collection, coding, recruitment, a literature review, and maintain IRB-approved security protocols in a research lab setting among a team of research assistants, post-doctoral researchers, and the principal investigator.

Charles Hurd (A21)*
Medstar Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, DC

Develop research material for newly-diagnosed MS patients; help craft content and presentations to patients; help generate a series of short “lightning talks” (20 slides for a total presentation of 5-7 minutes); organize monthly educational seminars; work on describing and documenting unmet needs for newly-diagnosed MS patients; attend meetings and shadow neurologists.

Anton Kalmysh (A20)
MZ Wallace, Inc., New York, NY

Learn the realities of the graphic design profession; gain experience identifying and solving specific visual problems; learn effective design strategies for communicating with consumers; learn to work within an aesthetic framework of a brand; develop designs and seasonal style guides for campaigns.

Su Karagoz (A20)
Derin Kocluk Dansmanlk ve Letisim Hizmetleri Ltd., Istanbul, Turkey

Research social media trends in the corporate consultancy sector; analyze data from social media and propose weekly solutions to increase traffic; assist in administrative work; create new creative content for social media and the web for a company that focuses on corporate and personal development.

Levan Kiladze (A22)
Ministry of Justice of Georgia, Analytical Department, Tbilisi, Georgia

Assist in strategic planning, research and analyze international standards and experiences of foreign states; conduct surveys for the purpose of developing Georgian legislation and policy; participate in preparing recommendations for key legislative reforms; provide support as needed.

Rachael Langston (A19)
Wise and Donahue P.L.C., Annapolis, MD

Become acquainted with the history of public housing in the U.S.; research and read relevant law; work with attorneys from Maryland Legal Aid; draft memoranda and provide other legal support to assist in a public housing lawsuit.

Soojin Lee (A21)
Dong-A University, Peripheral Neuropathy Research Center, Busan, South Korea

Participate in research on cellular and molecular mechanism underlying STAMP2-mediated modulation of lipid accumulation; assist researchers; document papers regarding experiments and research; participate in setting up apparatus for experiments.

Zachary Leveroni (A20)*
University of Chicago, Kay Lab, Chicago, IL

Collect neuropsychological data from rodents; daily lab and animal duties include assisting in animal training and data collection; research relevant literature; collaborate with graduate students, lab technicians and interns.

Kamrin Martin (A21)
The Law Office of Corrie A. Boulay, Annapolis, MD

Interact with clients from initial intakes and phone calls to trial preparation and observation; learn to draft pleadings and how to eFile pleadings with the Circuit Court; work with three attorneys learning the business aspect of a small firm including billable time keeping, client billing, and calendaring.

Gabriel Mendez (A21)*
Tulane University, Dept. of Evolutionary Biology & Ecology, New Orleans, LA

Conduct experiments to assess the impact of hypoxia on benthic fish communities in the Northern Gulf of Mexico; examine slides on a compound microscope to assess changes; measure fish length and weight weekly.

Rubab Meraj (A21)
Aga Khan Education Service-Pakistan, Islamabad, Pakistan

Help with the introduction of a learning enhancement program that includes English comprehension skill development and introduction of discussion-based class meetings; arrange short teacher training workshops; act as a facilitator; and draw up reading assignment plans.

Sean Miller (A20)
Maryland Office of the Public Defender-Annapolis, Annapolis, MD

Engage in insightful hands-on experience that includes participating in case development, client interviews, investigation, research, writing, courtroom observation as well as mitigation preparation and sentencing alternatives to address mental health, substance abuse and other client challenges.

Yunju Park (A20)
Anmadang the Lab, Seoul, South Korea

Gain an understanding of landscape architecture visualizing design using programs like Sketch Up, AutoCAD, and Photoshop; participate in the construction of landscape architecture; and research and manage data.

Michael Riggins (A21)
Davenant Institute, Moscow, ID

Assist with fundraising and networking; help with preparations for a residential student ministry program; undertake a strategic self-study of the organization reviewing internal data, compiling additional data, and interviewing others to aid in strategic planning and program development.

Lillian Scanlan (A20)
University of Buffalo, Department of Pediatrics, Buffalo, NY

Learn standard “wet lab” practices, including DNA and RNA sequencing, DNA methylation, and ChIP-sequencing; conduct research on genomic and epigenomic expression as they relate to genetic disease; develop a foundation in computational data analysis; learn the basics of R programming language.

Jaeri Suh (A21)
Living TV, Seoul, South Korea

Plan, prepare, and participate in broadcast programming and television production for a cable television network; assist the marketing team with advertising; examine the ratings for each show and assign time slots accordingly; maintain the Living TV News website.

Aidel Townsley (A22)*
Cornell University, College of Human Ecology, Ithaca, NY

Take a structured program of online tutorials in statistics and computer programming as part of an introductory boot camp; receive training in Human Subjects procedures; collect and analyze experimental data; participate in lab meetings; join a vibrant community of researchers.

Jay Tram (A20)
Children’s Defense Fund, Washington, DC

Support the CDF development team; help develop compelling, high-quality proposals for fundraising; conduct research on potential grants and on the needs of low-income and poor children and youth; assist with grant proposal process from start to finish.

Ece Nur Tuglu (A21)
SETA Foundation for Political, Economic & Social Research, Ankara, Turkey

Assist with research, data gathering and analysis for the Security Studies department; conduct literature review; write research papers; monitor web sources for SETA-related content; help prepare for and assist in events, such as conferences or hearings.

Grace Villmow (A20)
National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, Silver Spring, MD

Provide data analysis for geospatial technology at the Water Level Decision Support Geospatial Analysis; assist with project goal of evaluating this new tool developed to assist planners in modernizing the National Water Level Observation Network.

Morgan Wheeler (A20)
The New York Youth Symphony, New York, NY

Create content for social media; assist with updating the website, design marketing collateral; draft press releases; research media outlets and contacts; provide preparation support for NYYS performances; update databases; field phone inquiries; provide general administrative support.

Alice Wong (A21)
The American Enterprise Institute, Washington, DC

Conduct research on the skills needed for success in the modern economy and effective strategies for developing those skills; assist with research on criminal reform and domestic poverty as well as research on the outcomes of St. John’s alumni for an upcoming book; edit articles; organize and transcribe data.

Rediet Worku (A21)
The African Union, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Work in a highly collaborative, fast-paced diplomatic environment; track and analyze a wide range of events and projects (political, economic, social, technological, etc.); manage meeting agendas and draft meeting notes; research and prepare reports, including on border issues.

Geoffrey Young (AGI19)
The Key School, Annapolis, MD (during 2018-19 school year)

Work as directed by the Key School in the Humanities department as a teaching and writing tutor.

Mana Yumi (A22)
Music Sharing, Tokyo, Japan

Support an outreach project for a musical quartet by accompanying the performing artists who will visit schools, hospitals, and special institutions; provide daily management and organization of tour schedule; handle media contacts, and track tour accounting; administer ICEP blog; write report.

Abraham Zhao (A19)
Hudson Institute, Washington, DC

Research and prepare regular briefing reports on strategic and political issues in Eurasia; conduct in-depth research on India, India-China-U.S. relations, religion and politics, democracy, the ethics and politics of technologies like Artificial Intelligence and robotics, and demography; assist at public events.

*Student internships are supported by a grant from Dr. Steve Forman (A70) that was incorporated into the Hodson funds. 
**Ms. Haase's internship was supported by Edward Bryan Samuel in honor of his niece Jodie Lee Adams.