Vanity Fair: “Hollins Can Offer a Worldly Experience that Many Larger Institutions Can’t”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the May 2016 issue of Vanity Fair magazine, author Lisa Birnbach profiles nine women’s colleges, including Hollins University. She strongly makes the case that women’s colleges remain relevant: “The richness and intimacy of these students’ experiences are enviable and inspiring. As a college-guidebook writer and a mother of college students, I have not heard so many students talk about appreciating their educations.”

Birnbach notes that Hollins’ “secret sauce is the intensely involved alumnae, who return to campus whenever they’re invited as mentors, and who provide internship opportunities to the students. It’s an irresistible combination….Students have interned at major law firms in Washington and New York, Estée Lauder, the Republican National Committee, the Stonewall Community Foundation, the Library of Congress, PBS, and the National Dance Institute.”


Hollins Junior Pursues Unique Career Aspirations with Summer Internship at The Met

Rory Keeley ’17 envisions her life’s work as combining her study of mathematics with a passion for art. Chasing that dream has helped open the door to a summer position with one of the largest and most highly regarded art museums in the world.

Keeley, who hails from Charlotte, North Carolina, will spend ten weeks this summer as the market research intern for New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.

“My primary responsibilities will include data analysis and modeling that will turn audience-based data into actionable results for the museum,” she explained. “I will also be using my skills in statistical analysis to inform the museum’s future vision.

“This internship blends the fields of mathematics and art history and will allow me to gain invaluable experience for future career opportunities.”

Keeley’s upcoming internship at The Met builds upon her already impressive exposure to the museum world. She served as the curatorial office and human resources intern at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, and also worked as the advancement intern at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) in Richmond.

“Working in development at the VMFA was made possible by a Hollins alumna and one of my professors. I was able to acquire skills using math in a way that applies to the art world, but I wanted more experience. After some amazing guidance and encouragement from my advisors at Hollins, I applied to The Met.”

Keeley soon faced a happy dilemma: She also applied for a development internship at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York and wound up with offers from both The Met and The Guggenheim. Again, she called upon her advisors to help her consider her options and determine which museum would be a better fit. In the end, she and her advisors decided that The Met presented an internship department, program, and growth opportunities that coincided with her aspirations.

“I cannot thank Hollins enough for fostering my ambition to pursue such unique career goals and giving me the support to fulfill that ambition,” she said. “Without the opportunities and connections I have at Hollins, I would never have been able to make this internship at The Met a reality.”

In addition to double-majoring in mathematics and statistics and art history at Hollins, Keeley is an Honors Program student and is earning her Certificate in Leadership Studies.


Hollins Sophomore Earns Prestigious Summer Residence Internship in Economics

Lan Nguyen ’18 has been awarded an eight-week Summer 2016 Residence Internship at the American Institute for Economic Research (AIER) in Massachusetts.

Nguyen, who is double-majoring in economics and environmental science, was selected from a highly competitive pool of qualified candidates. Her internship will take place June 20 – August 12.

Founded in 1933, AIER is a widely recognized independent source of economic information, stemming from its proprietary research and publications. The institute’s internship program provides highly accomplished high school and college students with an introduction to economic research. Students work closely with AIER research fellows, which enhances their understanding of economic concepts, theories, and real-world applications.


Senior to Intern with Prestigious Economic Training Program

Hilla Haidari ’16 has been awarded an internship at the 2016 American Economic Association Summer Training Program (AEASP), hosted by Michigan State University’s Department of Economics.

The intensive, eight-week residential program takes place June 4 – July 31, and is conducted in collaboration with Western Michigan University.

Since 1974, AEASP has increased diversity and helped prepare talented undergraduates who are seriously considering post-graduate studies in economics. The program offers students the opportunity to develop and solidify their math and other technical skills, which in turn will enable them to successfully meet the high demands of academically challenging doctoral programs. Students work alongside prominent professors and develop career-long mentorships.

Haidari is double-majoring at Hollins in economics and international studies.

 


Signature Internship Program Boasts Exceptional Opportunities for 2016

This fall, Hollins sophomores, juniors, and seniors can apply for an impressive array of internships available during the January 2016 Short Term session, thanks to the university’s Signature Internship Program.

Sponsored by alumnae in a variety of fields, these internships carry academic credit and offer a stipend of $300. Housing is often provided.

Thirty-six of the internships are based in Washington, D.C., and include the International Spy Museum, The Library of Congress, The National Gallery of Art, The Nature Conservancy, the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, and the White House Historical Association.

Among the 30 opportunities in New York City are internships at Estee Lauder Companies, Inc., Emerald Creek Capital LLC, National Dance Institute, PBS, Peace Boat US, Reconstructing Hope, Univision/Flama, and ZiffDavis.

Philadelphia and Richmond as well as Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Huntington, West Virginia, and Vero Beach, Florida, are also internship locations this year.

Go here to see the complete list of signature internships for 2016, and contact the Hollins University Career Center at careercenter@hollins.edu for more details.

Photo caption: Rachael Footland ’15 interned at The Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., during Short Term 2015.