The Center for Life Beyond Reed

Division of Student Services

Available Externships

1. Amy Summers, Ph.D.: Psychological Evaluations

Industry: Healthcare

Profile of Sponsor/Externship Supervisor

I am an educational psychologist with a private practice in Seattle, Washington.  I conduct psychological evaluations of students with a wide range of learning needs, including learning disorders, attention or executive function disorders, highly capable, etc.  My clients are primarily between the ages of 4 and 18, although I also occasionally conduct evaluations of infants and young adults.  I have an M.Ed., and a Ph.D. in educational psychology and have worked in a variety of settings, including public schools, clinics/hospitals and research institutions.  I been licensed as a psychologist and have had a private practice for about 18 years.  For more information about me and my practice, take a look at my website:  www.AmySummersPhD.com

Details

I am offering an externship experience from January 12-16, 2016 (five full days), to TWO students.

Location: Seattle, WA
Help with housing: Other (I can try if you can't find anything.)

Description

The tentative plan is:

Monday:  First, externs will be required to sign confidentiality agreement forms.  Next, we will spend the rest of this day talking about and exploring psychological tests, such as those used to measure IQ, academic achievement, sound processing, memory, attention, and executive functions. 

Tuesday:  Externs will visit some independent (private) schools in Seattle and meet one or two other psychologists who work in those settings.  Externs will observe a student/client in the classroom at one of those schools.

Wednesday:  Externs will observe (and possibly help conduct) a comprehensive psychological evaluation of the student/client observed on Tuesday.

Thursday:  Externs will collaborate with me to score and interpret tests, and write a report.

Friday: Externs will observe (and possibly help conduct) an IQ test of a four or five year-old child to determine eligiblity to apply to an independent school for highly capable students.  If time allows that afternoon, we will also meet with the parents of the student tested on Wednesday to go over the test results. 

Special skills

Externs who have had some had some experience or taken classes regarding child development, learning disorders, and/or child psychopathology is preferred. In particular, I would recommend some basic familiarity with the DSM-V's description of ADHD and Learning Disorders. 

The externs will need to be expected to follow strict confidentiality requirements.

We will need to be certain there are no possible dual relationships between the externs and clients.  In other words, the externs should not be related to, friends or business associates, etc. with the clients (or their parents).  Parents will be briefed well in advance. 

My goal is for the externs to become familiar with this type of psychology practice (and related fields in the schools) and hopefully they will get the chance to administer at least one test under supervision.  The pace of the externship will be rapid and students might need to spend some time during the evenings practicing tests if they would like to try to administer one. 

Other information

We will be in fairly close quarters, it would be good if the two externs have a good rapport with each other!

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2. CLEAResult

Industry: Environment

Profile of Sponsor/Externship Supervisor

CLEAResult is a consulting firm focusing on delivering energy efficiency programs for utilities and nonprofits across the country. Most of what we do is convince people to install energy efficient equipment in their homes and businesses, and pay them money when they do. For an example, take a look at Energy Trust of Oregon's residential program - we run that.

My team covers the west (excluding California). We do research, evaluation, pilots, new program development, and a grab-bag of one-off projects that don't directly fit into other teams' missions. We are the skunkworks of the office and fairly unique.

I graduated from Reed in 1991 with a degree in literature and fleshed that out with an MBA later on. Both have been very useful. I work with engineers, MBAs, analysts, and also plenty of people with a degree in liberal arts. Most people here have bachelor's degrees.

Details

Externships can run from 3-5 days depending on how closely your interests align with mine. I expect the schedule during the day will vary based on what's going on that I want to get you involved with.

1-2 externs, any time in January.

Location: Portland, Oregon
Help with housing: No

Description

You will learn about the range of careers in energy efficiency - from freewheeling to structured, from quantitative to liberal-artsy (tuned to your specific interests/inclinations). I will show you how the industry works. I will also show you the basics of project management and how that applies to actually causing projects to happen. If you have a tendency to organize things, that's actually pretty fun. You will be exposed to a wide range of projects.

Special skills

Being genuinely interested in energy efficiency would help. Note that if you are interested in renewables this is not the externship for you - we just do energy efficiency (using less energy rather than generating more). Having some interest in project management - getting work organized, figuring out how to make work happen, the nuts and bolts of process and planning - would make this much more compelling for you.

Other information

N/A

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3. Cooke&Co LLC, Steve Wax '65

Industry: Advertising/Marketing

Profile of Sponsor/Externship Supervisor

I come from an entertainment background, having produced a number of independent movies. More recently I've been immersed in digital media. I'm focused on storytelling, and call myself a "narratologist."

Details

Jan 5—16, 1 extern

Location: Brooklyn, NY
Help with housing: No

Description

Market and online research, writing short reports, participation in strategy discussions.

Special skills

Social media, research online, writing & editing skills.

Other information

Summer interns and our previous extern from Reed were fantastic.

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4. Corey McPherson Nash, Michael McPherson '68

Industry: Advertising/Marketing

Profile of Sponsor/Externship Supervisor

  • Studied calligraphy with Lloyd Reynolds at Reed in the 1960s.
  • Professional calligrapher during early 1970s.
  • MFA Rhode Island School of Design 1979.
  • Worked at MIT Press, Northeastern University, and then joined Corey McPherson Nash in 1987—currently partner and creative director.
  • Specialize in brand strategy and design in all media for education, health care, technology and nonprofits.

Details

Jan 6—8, 2015, two externs

Location: Watertown, MA
Help with housing: No

Description

  • Attend internal project meetings.
  • Attend client meetings or presentations.
  • Shadow designers, experience designers and creative directors/writers and learn what they do and how they do it.
  • Possibly attend a press run if the timing is right.
  • Possibly help with marketing tasks.

Special skills

Applicants are advised to check out our website and spend some time on the website for the AIGA and the Design Management Institute. Also, read a book on graphic design history (Meggs maybe) or books on typography. 

Other information

Expect to have a great experience! 

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5. Gregory S. Forman, P.C., Reed Parent

Industry: Law and Law Enforcement

Profile of Sponsor/Externship Supervisor

Mr. Forman graduated from Haverford College in 1984 with a dual major in political science and economics. He graduated from Temple University School of Law, Cum Laude, in 1991. He has been a member of the South Carolina Bar since 1992 and practicing family law since 1993. He is also licensed to practice in the Federal District of South Carolina, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. He has an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell. In March 2013 he was awarded the “Leadership in Law” award from South Carolina Lawyers Weekly.

Mr. Forman opened his law practice in November 1993. His practice primarily focuses upon family law and appeals. Mr. Forman has more than 50 lectures and 25 published articles on the law and has lectured nationwide.

Mr. Forman is the Treasurer for the Charleston County Family Court Liaison Committee and the Past-President of the South Carolina Bar Trial and Appellate Advocacy Council. Among the published opinions from family law appeals he has handled are the cases of Ware v. Ware, Spreeuw v. Barker, Upchurch v. Upchurch, Abate v. Abate, Emery v. Smith, and Moore v. Moore. He was on the Board of Editors for the 2010 update of Marital Litigation in South Carolina, Substantive Law, 4th Edition by Professor Emeritus Roy T. Stuckey.

Details

During the window January 5 through January 16: up to two externs, one week each; or one extern for two weeks during that same window.

Location: Charleston, South Carolina
Help with housing: Yes

Description

My experience with college level externs is that mostly I can have them observe and ask questions. I don't ask externs to do administrative tasks for me but they typically don't have the ability to do legal work.

Externs can expect a variety of experiences in a week-long externship. They will observe me working on blogs and lectures, mentoring young lawyers, meeting with clients and other attorneys, preparing for hearings and trials, and drafting legal paperwork. They are likely to observe me in court (if I'm not in court that week they are welcome to observe a colleague in court). They may attend a mediation. Some externs have observed me arguing an appeal in the appellate courts or presenting a legal seminar for other attorneys.

Special skills

Enthusiasm and an interest in family law help. I expect externs to observe and ask a lot of questions. I find my work intellectually stimulating, emotionally satisfying, financially remunerative, and socially productive. What more could someone want from their career? I hope to impart my enthusiasm for this field of law onto my externs.

 

Other information

Reed students who want a better feel for my practice are welcome to peruse my website:http://www.gregoryforman.com

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6. Lake Oswego School District, Laura Paxson '80

Industry: Education, All Levels

Profile of Sponsor/Externship Supervisor

I have taught social studies (mostly world history and US history) at Lake Oswego High School for 20 years. I also had a two-year stint in the Peace Corps in Paraguay back in the '80s. I am going into my 2nd year being the teachers' union president.  In my job as union president, I attend a lot of meetings, defend the contract, go to Salem and dabble in politics and meet one on one with teachers who have concerns.

Details

The month of January is the end of the first semester. I could do anytime in the middle section of January. 2 externs are fine. If they want to see a union meeting, a Tuesday is a must.

Location: Portland, OR
Help with housing: No

Description

Watch class while I teach and/or attend union meetings.

Special skills

Pre-meeting to determine extern's interest. Post externship meeting.

Other information

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7. Method, David Lipkin '91

Industry: Consulting

Profile of Sponsor/Externship Supervisor

About Method
Method designs integrated brand, product, and service experiences. We work with start-ups, small businesses and Global 1000s to create the strategy, brand, user experience and code that drive all sorts of new products and services. Our people are a blend of strategists, visual designers, user experience designers, technologists and program managers. More at http://www.method.com

Fundamentally we are critically minded problem solvers with good craft skills. Reedies tend to be the former and less of the latter but the latter can be learned. Many of our most succesful people have the kind of fundamentals developed at a place like Reed with added real-world experience and specific discipline related skills.

An externship while brief should expose one to how a design firm works, how our projects are run and what are clients are like.

About me
David has more than 20 years of experience solving business problems with design solutions. As one of the founders of Method, he has lead the development and growth of the New York office, where he currently leads strategy and business development efforts.

David founded Method with the desire to be part of a design firm that focused on positive business outcomes, smart cross-platform solutions, and an always improving culture. His clients value his experience, insight, and candor. Some of them include Comcast, IBM, MoMA, PBS, Rogers Communications, The TED Conferences, Time Warner Cable, Steelcase, and Viggle.

Prior to Method, David was Director of Technology at MetaDesign. Within the role of Director of Technology, David was key in establishing and building MetaDesign’s transformation from a print-oriented studio to one that created brand-oriented multimedia, Internet-based, and application-based products.

David is also an active participant in the design, various industry, and professional communities. Recent speaking engagements include Digital Hollywood, the Interaction Design Association (IXDA), Usability Professional’s Association (UPA), and Harvard Business School.

David has a B.A from Reed College, where he majored in history. David finds work a relaxing break from the freneticism of his two little girls and ongoing renovation of his 1870s Brooklyn Brownstone.

Details

I would recommend an extern spend as long as possible here with a week being the minimum and two weeks the maximum.

We will take one extern from Jan 5-16 or one of those two weeks.

Location: New York, NY
Help with housing: No

Description

  • Project stand-ups
  • Project critiques
  • New business presentations
  • Proof-reading
  • Research
  • Brain-storms
  • Dice games
  • Karaoke
  • New York lunches 

Special skills

Experience with web development, graphic design, user experience is useful but not required. 

Other information

Nope.

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8. New Mexico Legal Aid, Amy Propps '91

Industry: Law and Law Enforcement

Profile of Sponsor/Externship Supervisor

I love the work that I do. It is an honor to be paid to help people and to work to make the world a better and more just place. The work is challenging, stimulating, exciting and rewarding and I have a lot of control over the shape and direction of my career.

How did I get here from Reed? After graduating in 1991, I moved to Austin, TX, where I worked for eight years as an editor and writer in the textbook industry.

Annoyed by the job insecurity and the impact of politics on the textbook industry, I decided to try to become a lawyer. I took the LSAT and applied to four law schools. Based on its reputation as a strong regional and public interest school, I applied to the University of New Mexico School of Law. I was accepted and after three years of mostly enjoyable study in a great environment and excellent externships, I got my JD in 2003.

Since then, I have practiced law in Nevada and New Mexico, mostly for legal aid organizations. In 2006, I started working as a staff attorney at the Santa Fe office of New Mexico Legal Aid. This summer, I became the managing attorney of the Santa Fe, Taos and Las Vegas offices of New Mexico Legal Aid.

Details

Jan 10-16, one extern

Location: Santa Fe, NM
Help with housing: Yes

Description

*Attend court and administrative hearings

*Introduction to legal reasoning and writing

*Attend case staffings

*Legal research

*Client interviews & fact investigation

Special skills

Eagerness to learn and participate in any and all activities we have going on in our offices during the externship week.

Willingness to work with a variety of different staff members including both attorneys and paralegals.

Openness to different cultures and communication styles.

Positive, humble, helpful and respectful attitude.

Other information

While the winter in Santa Fe is beautiful, it is usually pretty cold and often snowy. Please check the long-term weather forecast before you come and be prepared for cold weather and slippery, icy surfaces underfoot and under your vehicle.

A 4-wheel drive vehicle would be very helpful if you plan to travel to Taos, Las Vegas and/or New Mexico ski resorts.

Please contact me with any questions.

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9. New York State Assembly Member Daniel O'Donnell

Industry: Government U.S. State/Local

Profile of Sponsor/Externship Supervisor

Elana Shneyer is the Chief of Staff for Assembly Member Daniel O’Donnell. Prior to becoming Chief of Staff she was the Policy Director where she worked with a broad coalition of families, advocates, elected officials at the city and state level, and the media to garner support, attention, and ultimately passage of O’Donnell’s bill to lower NYC’s speed limit to 25 miles per hour.

Prior to joining O’Donnell’s team, Elana worked at the Pratt Area Community Council (PACC). She joined PACC in 2008 as the Lead Organizer. Elana worked hand in hand with low income tenants to bring their concerns to those in power. While in the Community and Tenant Organizing department she led PACC’s participation in coalition efforts for structural change, most notably though work with the Real Rent Reform Campaign which won stronger tenant protections at the state level for the first time in 20 years. At PACC she moved on to become to the Director of Community and Tenant Organizing and then the Chief Program Officer for the entire organization. Before PACC, Elana organized with homeless New Yorkers, supportive housing residents and led voter awareness and outreach campaigns.

Elana participated in the Emerging Leader Training with The Center for Leadership Innovation as part of PACC’s “Neighborhood Builders” award from the Bank of America. She completed the Fellowship for Emerging Leaders in Public Service (FELPS) through NYU's Wagner School and the Junior Fellows Non Profit Leadership Development Institute through the United Way & Baruch College School of Public Affairs. Elana holds a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from Reed College.

Elana is grateful to serve her city through the nonprofit housing movement and now with the state government. When not at work, Elana is active on the social justice committee of her synagogue, Romemu, and also sits on its Board of Directors. She works on issues of work life balance with mothers’ groups and advocates on behalf of informed choices in childbirth. Elana lives with her husband, son and daughter in Manhattan Valley.

Details

January 4-January 8th

potential for some time the following week depending on interest and schedule

Location: New York, NY
Help with housing: No

Description

Each day will be different. You will get oriented to the work of a community office of a state representative. You may have the opportunity to:

  • Answer the phone and greet visitors
  • Do policy research
  • Sit in on meetings with constituents and interest groups
  • Attend local meetings, policy forums and events
  • Attend political meetings and/or events
  • Work on creating organizational systems
  • Do a special project

Special skills

  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Good listener
  • Strong writer
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Spanish speaker a plus!

Other information

Please learn about the Assembly Member and his work prior to starting this role.

http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Daniel-J-O%27Donnell

You can also see him on Facebook and Twitter

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10. Northwestern U. Press, Anne Gendler '81

Industry: Print and Publishing

Profile of Sponsor/Externship Supervisor

I was a literature/philosophy major at Reed and the editor of the Quest. Since I graduated in 1981, I have worked in the publishing industry: at Willamette Week, at the Great Books Foundation in Chicago, and now at Northwestern University Press. Books are an important part of my life. In my current job, I project manage 30 titles per year from manuscript to bound book and oversee our small editorial, design, and production department. We publish scholarly books, fiction, poetry, theater, and books of regional interest. See www.nupress.northwestern.edu. A detail-oriented person with a good eye for proofreading would be an asset at the Press, and could expect to learn what goes into publishing at a small press. Our textbook is the Chicago Manual of Style.

Details

We can handle only one extern at a time. Flexible on the dates. We usually have interns from Northwestern during the school year and interns from elsewhere during the summer.

Location: Evanston, Illinois
Help with housing: No

Description

  • Proofreading
  • Style tagging a manuscript (preparing it for the copy editor)
  • Attending a staff meeting

Special skills

In a few days, the student will get a window into a real-world publishing situation: the world of university press publishing.

I will provide some training, and a successful student would be one whose reading and writing skills are outstanding and who has a sincere desire to learn, follows instructions well, and is inquisitive and interested in publishing.

Other information

Look at our website and also perhaps the AAUP (American Association of University Presses) website to get a sense of what we are engaged in, current challenges, etc.

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11. Portland Public Schools, Daniela DeYoung, Reed Parent

Industry: Education, All Levels

Profile of Sponsor/Externship Supervisor

I completed an MA of foreign languages and literatures (German, French) in '95 and taught college level German Language and Lit (including a short stint at Reed) for approximately 10 years. I returned to school in '04 and graduated with an MS in Speech and Hearing Sciences in 07. Since that time, I have primarily worked in Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education (children ages 0-5) in both treatment and evaluation. Since I have a special love for foreign languages, I specialize in tx and eval for Spanish speaking children. This coming academic year, I will be on a special team (pilot program) responsible for kindergarten transition for preschoolers who receive special education services.

Details

1 extern, for up to 4 weeks, starting the first or second week of January.

Location: Portland, OR
Help with housing: No

Description

All activities of my day, including, meetings with educators and families, observations of children in preschool settings, evaluations, documentation, staff meetings.

Special skills

Be open, flexible, and respectful. Roll with the punches.

Other information

As this job will be new for us (pilot program) it is not yet clearly defined; flexibility and adventurous spirit required.

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12. Providence Brain and Spine Institute

Industry: Medical Practitioners and Naturopathic Practitioners

Profile of Sponsor/Externship Supervisor

I am a practicing neurologist with Providence Hospital in Portland.  After Reed, I graduated with an MD degree from OHSU then internship in internal medicine at Providence Hospital then neurology residency at the Harvard Longwood Neurology, finished 2000 and returned to Portland to practice.  

Details

Jan 12-15 1 extern

Location: Portland , Or
Help with housing: No

Description

Shadowing a practicing neurologist, watching procedures ,nerve testing, and Botox injections.  

Special skills

Seeing day to day physician practice. Needs to be interested in pursuing a clinical practice of some kind.. Only want to work with someone truly interested.

Other information

Will need to be cleared by manager and cleared to see patients; needs to comply with HIPPA.

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13. Public Citizen Litigation Group, Paul Levy '72

Industry: Law and Law Enforcement

Profile of Sponsor/Externship Supervisor

I am a public interest lawyer who specializes in free speech online. Do some due diligence on our web site before you apply, please.  http://www.citizen.org/Page.aspx?pid=337

Details

I can take a single extern for a few days max.

Location: Washington, DC
Help with housing: Yes

Description

We typically engage only law students, and last year sponsored our first Reedie. A spirit of adventure and a willingness to say yes to walking into a pretty undefined situation would be key.

Special skills

No special skills, although a demonstrated commitment to progressive political work is essential. So, please make sure that your application materials reflect that commitment.

Other information

None.

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14. Ruth Werner '82, Writing/Publishing

Industry: Education, All Levels

Profile of Sponsor/Externship Supervisor

I graduated from Reed with a degree in theatre/literature, which I have put to use as an award-winning educator for massage therapists. In 1998 the first edition of my textbook, A Massage Therapist's Guide to Pathology was published. I am now preparing the 6th edition.

I am also a columnist for the leading trade journal in massage therapy. In addition I am a continuing education provider, interested in developing online educational experiences that I can deliver from my home, on the beautiful Oregon Coast.

I would be interested to work with someone who is imaginative and detail-oriented, who can help me with any or all of these three areas. By January I expect to be working with textbook ancillaries, which will include incorporating art, suggested classroom activities, and links to appropriate online resources. If the timing is off for that funfest, then I will certainly be working on a column, and I would be happy to share that experience—from isolating a topic through researching and writing and prepariing a manuscript for production. And I am a neophyte in the world of online education, and would love to work with someone of this generation to help me pinpoint how to make my material as impactful as possible.

Details

I would love to host one intern for 3-5 days, at any time that is convenient in January.

Location: Waldport, OR
Help with housing: Yes (I live in a remote coastal town. I have space to house an intern here, although it is not totally private.)

Description

I am interested to fully host an intern for 3-5 days in my home to work with me on any or all of 3 projects:

  • Preparing a large-scale textbook for press, coordinating pedagogy and other ancillaries, possible proofreading, working with electronic assets
  • Writing a 2000 word article for Massage and Bodywork magazine, from chosing a topic, through researching it and writing (that's my job) and preparing it for press
  • Helping to develop my online continuing education classes—this is a more nebulous topic because I haven't yet developed a full business plan

In addition to assisting me with my work, you are invited to live with me and my family (daughter, 23, husband, and 2 dogs). We live on the beach in Waldport, so an interest in things maritime is a plus. Beach walks and possible crab dinners are on the agenda.

Our "guest room" is a section ofthe house that is separated from traffic flow, but it does not have a door. If that is a problem, this is not the externship for you.

Special skills

I would like to work with someone who is willing to learn something new (information about pathology in the context of massage therapy), and to bring his or her fresh perspective to my material.

A creative, problem-solving self-starter is ideal. Anyone interested in education, writing, and/or publishing will benefit from this opportunity. Anyone interested in human physiology would also find this an enriching experience.

Other information

I've never hosted an extern before. I will be making it up as we go along. Come have some fun!

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15. Sigenics, Inc., Douglas Kerns, Reed Parent

Industry: Electronics

Profile of Sponsor/Externship Supervisor

Douglas Kerns attended Northwestern University, with an undergraduate major in electrical engineering, then went on to obtain a graduate degree from Caltech. Douglas held an assortment of engineering jobs in his career, starting as a "gofer" summer tech at the Fermi National Accelerator lab, progressing to technician jobs at a biomedical lab at Northwestern and an electronics lab at JPL, and eventually becoming a "real engineer" at Tanner Research and at Analog Devices. Finally, after years of gainful employment, he quit and became gainfully unemployed as a consultant, then joined with others of like mind and created Sigenics, where he is now again an employee, bound by a minor bureaucracy of his own making.

Along this career path, Douglas has gained a great appreciation for clear communication, clear thought, planning, and honest teamwork.

Details

Jan 12-15

1 or 2 externs

Location: Sierra Madre, CALIFORNIA
Help with housing: No

Description

Sigenics is in the business of designing and manufacturing microelectronic devices (aka "microchips" or "chips") for a variety of different applications. Sigenics chips are used in implanted medical devices, airplane instrumentation, lab equipment, and industrial process sensors.

Externs may participate in any of a wide variety of activities related to Sigenics operations, including: research to identify prospective design clients; research to identify or clarify regulatory requirements for products under development; CAD work to review existing electronic device designs; hands-on electronic test and evaluation; statistical analysis of production test data; preliminary risk analysis for early-stage project proposals.

Special skills

Basic skills required are general intelligence and sufficient internal initiative to try solving problems, even with incomplete information.

No specialized skills are required.

An interest in manufacturing business and/or electronics would be helpful, else the subject matter may be tedious.

Other information

WEATHER: Although southern California has a reputation for having good weather, January is the peak of the winter rainy season, so traditional Portland late-autumn gear is often appropriate. That being said, we still experience a large fraction of very pleasant sunny days during our "rainy season," as the Los Angeles area is pretty much a desert climate.

BUSINESS FOCUS: Sigenics products are generally used in industrial sensors and controls, medical research, and medical therapeutic devices. Sigenics is also very interested to engage in design and production of electronic devices related to water management and water quality monitoring, although we do not currently manufacture any such products.

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16. St. Paul Lutheran Church & Lutheran Church of the Parables, B McKelahan '07

Industry: Religion

Profile of Sponsor/Externship Supervisor

Benjamin McKelahan is an interactive artist, fairy tale writer, and pastor at Parables and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY—a neighborhood which, like him, is trying to reconcile its Anglo and Latino identity. Since he stumbled upon Lutheranism and Theatre of the Oppressed, Ben has been fascinated with how to use art and games to create communities that embody God’s unconditional love. Bouncing between Oregon, New Mexico, and Spain as a child, Ben has spent his life constantly switching between cultural contexts, and ministry in the heart of Brooklyn gentrification is no different. Ben graduated from Reed College in Portland, OR with and interdisciplinary degree in classics and religion and graduated from Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, CA.

Details

Jan 6-11: one extern

Location: Brooklyn, NY
Help with housing: Other (I can certainly ask around, but I can't guarantee anything)

Description

Every day in the life of a pastor is different, but likely activities include:

Analysis of scripture in light of needs/hopes/concerns of the local community, meeting with local community members to understand the needs/hopes/concerns of the local community, planning worship, participating in worship, organizing art events, participating in art events, planning youth activities, participating in youth activities, visiting the sick, and attending various community functions.

Special skills

A successful experience would be one in which the extern comes away with an understanding of how a small urban church works to serve the daily needs of their community, a basic sense of the social causes and consequences of gentrification, and an appreciation for the individual people who live in Brooklyn.

Externs will both need to be able to asks questions of me as supervisor without fear of offending, and able to withold judgement of the vast array of life-styles and religious views that we will encounter. 

Flexibility, patience, and openness to unfamiliar contexts are a must. 

Also, being able to speak Spanish would be really helpful, but not strictly necessary. 

Other information

The church is bilingual and composed largerly of Mexican and Dominican immigrants.  At the same time, the church is starting an English speaking community that worships through sharing stories and making art. Information about both communities can be found at ParablesNYC.org

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17. The Bulleit Group, Kerry Skemp '05

Industry: Communications

Profile of Sponsor/Externship Supervisor

I earned an English degree from Reed and a Master of Arts in Writing & Publishing from Emerson College. Realizing that the traditional publishing industry was in decline, I shifted to technology and worked as a technical writer in-house at several software companies for a while before beginning to freelance. I now lead content marketing efforts for The Bulleit Group, a tech-focused PR agency in San Francisco.

Details

2 externs for a week each in January, exact dates TBD depending on availability.

Location: San Francisco, CA
Help with housing: No

Description

An extern will help with researching and writing blog posts, contributed articles, and press releases; research and build lists of industry analysts and journalists; and prepare briefing documents about analysts and media for our clients. It's a great opportunity to learn about a career in PR and get a few interesting portfolio pieces under your belt.

Special skills

We're a small agency that relies on individual initiative, so externs will need to be autonomous and proactive in their efforts. A strong writer who's curious about technology and motivated to learn will find success in the form of deeper industry knowledge and interesting portfolio clips.

Other information

We have two Reedies working here (myself and Caitlin Oliver '09) and are recruiting more as freelance writers, so there may be an opportunity to continue the relationship after the externship.

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18. The Eastside Montessori School, Alexa Mater '04

Industry: Education, All Levels

Profile of Sponsor/Externship Supervisor

I graduated from Reed in 2004 with a math major and went on to get an MA in math. I did my Montessori training from 2010-11 after concluding that I wanted to work with students who were truly engaged in their learning, but that there aren't enough Reeds out there to guarantee me a satisfying job in higher ed, and I have been teaching elementary school since then. 

Details

1 extern, three days between Jan 12 and Jan 16 (dates to be determined with by supervisor and extern.)

Location: Bellevue, WA
Help with housing: Yes

Description

You will primarily observe in the classrooms. You will have a chance to learn about Montessori education, and some experience of what it is like to train to be a Montessori educator, which involves a good deal of careful observation in classrooms. There will likely be a chance to come along on a field trip or "Going Out" (small group trip) to a destination around Bellevue or Seattle. You will also be invited to share a special skill, song, or story with the children. You will have a chance to observe in both the primary (preschool) and elementary classes, and as the elementary is a growing program and is currently very small, you will also have plenty of time to ask any questions you may have about Montessori.

Special skills

This externship is perfect for the student who is interested in education, and wants to explore alternatives to traditional education and traditional teacher preparation. You will need a great deal of patience to observe the classroom for several days, but this is an important skill for Montessori educators, so it is a great chance to see if you have what it takes. At the same time, please think about what you know that might interest elementary children. They will likely be curious about you! No particular major is required. Montessori guides need to be enlightened generalists, and it is more important that you be curious about everything than that you have expertise in any one area. Bring a notebook, a pen, and good rain gear.

Other information

Montessori education is a 105 year old alternative to traditional styles of education. Our schools are built on the founding principle that it is in the nature of children to work hard to master what interests them. In our schools, it is the children's role to choose their activities throughout the day, and the adult's role to prepare an environment full of interesting and worthwhile things to do and to show the children how to do them through brief, engaging lessons. You will see multi-age classrooms (generally a 3 year age span), children communicating and working together, children concentrating for long stretches of time, and the adult providing gentle and minimal guidance.

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19. Union Pacific Railroad Museum, Patricia LaBounty, Reed Parent

Industry: Railroads

Profile of Sponsor/Externship Supervisor

I am the manager/director of the Union Pacific Railroad Museum, one of the oldest corporate museums in the country. My background is in anthropology and education although much of my professional career experience has been in museums. I have curatorial experience and was the chief curator at the museum from 2012-2014.

My team at the Museum works under the Director of Brand Management at Union Pacific Railroad. We gain unique insights into the corporate, railroad, and museum non-profit world at this very unique museum. Externs will get the chance to experience the museum environment and practice as well as the hustle and bustle of the corporate communications department of America's premier railroad.

Come and explore more than 150 years of railroad innovation at the Union Pacific Railroad Museum! A commitment to modernization and a push toward better and safer technology has kept Union Pacific at the forefront of the railroad industry. Learn about forward-thinking ideas such as improvements in rail design, the revolutionary Pacific Fruit Express that pioneered rail transportation of perishable food, and the array of communication tools used throughout the years.

Housed in a historic Carnegie Library, the Union Pacific Railroad Museum features one of the oldest corporate collections in the nation. Here, you’ll journey through multiple exhibits highlighting more than 150 years of railroad history. In “Building America,” the Museum’s newest addition, experience the transcontinental railroad’s construction like never before. The “Lincoln Collection” features artifacts from President Abraham Lincoln’s railcar and funeral. The “America Travels by Rail” exhibit celebrates the height of passenger travel.  Technology and innovation that sustain Union Pacific as a railroad industry leader are highlighted in the exhibit “Working on the Railroad.”

 

Details

January 5-9, 1 extern

January 12-16, 1 extern

Location: Council Bluffs, Iowa
Help with housing: No

Description

Program and Outreach Development
This is the period of time in which our staff finalizes programs for Black History Month. The museum partners with Union Pacific's Black Employee Network to offer classroom presentations as well as special museum activities open to the public.

Marketing and Advertising
Curation and collection management:Participate in caring for one of the oldest corporate collections in the country.
Visit to Union Pacific Center in Omaha, NE, Corporate Relations Department.

Special skills

This experience would be successful if the right candidates(s) were interested and outgoing individuals. The Museum and corporate communications world is fast paced, engaging, and interesting. The experience would be successful for the museum if the extern was willing to "jump right in" and be a part of the team.

Other information

One of the greatest things about the Union Pacific Railroad Museum is that we are a small museum with a wonderful collection. Because we are a small team, there are many more opportunities to be engaged and try tasks in all different areas. We are not constrained by departments and inter-office politics.

 

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20. VA Palo Alto Healthcare System, Livermore, Geoffrey Lane '92

Industry: Healthcare

Profile of Sponsor/Externship Supervisor

I have been staff psychologist (Geropsychologist) at the Community Living Center (AKA nursing home care unit) at the Livermore Division of the VA Palo Alto Healthcare System for the last seven years. I am a Reed psychology major and alumnus. I am very happy to be giving back to the Reed community in this small way. In supervising externs I would like to give students a taste of what it is like to function as a professional psychologist, particularly for those considering graduate training in the field. I would also be happy to share my take on how I would proceed in getting advanced training in psychology if I were to be embarking on such a thing in today's current landscape. Finally, I would love it if I could possibly turn student on to a career in geriatrics—as this has been my field and passion for over the last decade. 

Details

I would be happy to take on a single student for four days. Dates I could accommodate a student are flexible and dependent on student preference.

Location: Livermore, CA
Help with housing: No

Description

  • Observe neuropsychological assessments
  • Attend interdisciplinary care plan meetings
  • Attend an in-service training
  • Attend administrative meetings
  • Observe clinical interactions
  • Attend nursing reports
  • Attend physician reports

Special skills

Observe closely and ask lots of questions—we are a teaching hospital and we appreciate it when students are curious and engaged.

Other information

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21. Wyle Labs / NASA Ames Research Center

Industry: Aerospace

Profile of Sponsor/Externship Supervisor

I majored in physics and art at Reed, dropping physics in my final semester due to a change in academic policy. I picked it up again in engineering school, at Rensselear Polytechnic Institute, which allowed tranfer of most Reed credits and gave me accreditation as a mechanical engineer. I have worked for commercial industry and the military but my favorite work is here at NASA. My jobs usually involve small scientific instruments or small payloads for the International Space Station, with some Moon and Mars projects mixed in. I work with a fun mix of physicists and biologists. I love enthusiasm in the work place, please bring yours!

Details

January works well for me - M-Tu-W are available for shadowing any time in January, and can also accommodate other days if necessary.

Location: Sunnyvale, CA
Help with housing: Yes

Description

A mix of three activities, punctuated with meetings

- visit machine shop or lab to coordinate hardware build

- run analysis for potential or pre-launch spaceflight hardware

- write grant application or report to support Moon, Mars, or Space Station experiment

Special skills

Come prepared to communicate what you want to do in your life. I'll do my best to make your visit useful to you within the confines of getting my work done. In case you can't tell from my name, I'm a female engineer.  In engineering school there was a ratio of 1/100 women to men.  My experience is atypical, but I work with plenty of typical engineers, scientists and biologists.  I  can try to work meetings / projects with them into your stint here if you express interest.  PS I don't bite.

Other information

Be prepared to walk between buildings alot, especially if you want to see some of the interesting facilities around here and not just my cube. 

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