The Center for Life Beyond Reed

Division of Student Services

Available Externships

1. Catlin Gabel, Caroll Casbeer '10

Industry: Philanthropy

Profile of Sponsor/Externship Supervisor

I graduated from Reed in '10 with a focus in history. Since then I have worked for various non-profits doing event-related fundraising and volunteer management. I enjoy a busy work schedule that demands a high attention to detail as well as excellent interpersonal skills. 

Details

January 5-16 1-2 externs  2-4 days a week

Location: Portland, Oregon
Help with housing: No

Description

I am the event manager for Catlin Gabel's annual fundraising auction. Last year we raised over half a million dollars at the auction. During your externship you could expect to sit in on meetings with other development staff and fundraising volunteers, vendors, and consultants. You could also see the planning aspect of many parts of a fundraising event including raffles, silent auctions, ticket sales, marketing, communications, and programming. You might also gain experience working in a database to track tickets and auction items.  

Finally, you would see how fundraising and development fit within the larger umbrella of education administration. 

Special skills

A successful externship for the student will be seeing and understanding how fundraising is vital to any non-profit and one of the key tools non-profits use is event-related fundraising. The extern will also gain a sense of what goes into the most difficult type of event planning-fundraising events. The extern may also gain a sense of what education administration in an alternative progressive school looks and functions like. The extern would also gain valuable experience working with volunteers and businesses. 

Having someone from the outside looking in at the experience would be helpful in evaluating how I manage projects and volunteers. 

Other information

This extern would sit in on a lot of meetings and when not at meetings would likely gain experience in database entry and tracking as well as problem solving on their feet.  

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2. AnyPerk, Michael Stapleton '10

Industry: Internet

Profile of Sponsor/Externship Supervisor

Michael Stapleton '10, serves as the Director of Marketing at AnyPerk, which helps companies increase employee engagement and happiness with its perks and recognition platform. He is responsible for building brand awareness, shaping go-to-market strategy, and driving growth. Prior to joining AnyPerk in 2014, Michael worked as the VP of Marketing at Gild, where he was first introduced to the HR technology space. Michael holds a B.A. in English from Reed College. An active Reed alumnus, he serves on the Alumni Board of Directors and helps lead young alumni fundraising for the college.

Details

Jan 5—9: two externs

Jan 12—16: two externs

Location: San Francisco, California
Help with housing: No

Description

The extern would gain exposure to startup life in general, and marketing in particular. Areas of exposure might include:

  • Marketing communications (email, social media, potentially events, etc.)
  • Brand strategy and marketing
  • Product strategy
  • Financial metrics and analysis related to brand awareness, revenue growth and customer sentiment
  • Sales process and management

 

Special skills

If the student could give some thought up-front to what he/she wants to gain out of the experience and we could spend time before the start of the externship discussing that, it'd be much easier to realize success. I'd like to walk away from the process having given the student a better sense of startup life and the marketing profession. Perhaps more importantly, I'd like to see the student walk away with a better sense of what really engages him/her.

Other information

N/A

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3. Capital Institute, Susan Arterian '72

Industry: Non-Profits

Profile of Sponsor/Externship Supervisor

Capital Institute is a not for profit exploring the emergence of what we call the  regenerative economy, an economy that operates within the boundaries of the ecosystem and that enables the equitable distribution of financial wealth.  Our founder is a former JP Morgan managing director who left mainstream banking to work in collaboration with a transdisciplinary network to transform finance to support the emerging regenerative economy. He writes (a blog, white papers) and travels extensively to speak on the topic of the regenerative economy and finance.

Susan Arterian Chang is the director of Capital Institute's storytelling project, The Field Guide to Investing in a Regenerative Economy project. She is a financial journalist and former publisher of a community newspaper.  Susan would be the intern's formal sponsor. 

You can find Capital Institute's websites here:

fieldguide.capitalinstitute.org/

capitalinstitute.org

Details

1 intern; preferably 2 days during externship window (Jan 5—16), although it could be extended. We are a small 4 person shop! We share offices with Armonia, a family office that engages in impact investing. 

Location: Greenwich, CT
Help with housing: Other (I can't personally offer housing but could try to find but would prefer someone who already has housing)

Description

We would try to arrange an opportunity for the intern to assist with a storytelling projects we are working on, perhaps by interviewing subjects or depending on his or her skills, videotaping part of a Field Guide story. The intern would also have the opportunity to spend time with our founder, a thought leader in the new economy movement and an active impact investor. There would also be an opportunity to spend time with our director of communications who can provide insights into how we use social media to grow our virtual community.

Special skills

We are looking for an intern who is truly passionate about our mission and has a basic knowledge of what is going on in the "new economy." Our work combines new economy theory and practice so the intern should be curious about exploring that connection. The intern will have the opportunity to be exposed to cutting edge thinking of a new economy thought leader, learn about his impact investing practice, and to spend some time learning about our storytelling practice where we are creating an ecosystem of exemplary real world businesses and projects. Our goal is to demonstrate that a new economy is in fact emerging from the grassroots up to replace the old, extractive economy.

We would expect that an intern who hopes to work in the new economy in the not for profit world, or as a social entrepreneur or impact investor would find the externship experience of value.

 

Other information

We would encourage the candidate to explore our websites closely before applying for the externship.

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4. 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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5. 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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6. Episcopal High School, Johanna Droubay '04

Industry: Communications

Profile of Sponsor/Externship Supervisor

I am an English major who started off at Willamette Week, moved on to broadcast copywriting for Kroger, then to technical writing and editing for an environmental consulting firm. I moved on to independent schools 3.5 years ago. I write and edit publications for a boarding school in the DC area and I love it. It probably doesn't sound amazing but I seriously lovely job. We would love to have a Reedie in our office. Writing and editing skills are a plus. Video? Also good. 

Details

1 extern for as long as possible.

Location: Alexandria , VA
Help with housing: No

Description

Writing news stories, making videos, editing, collecting information, learning about fund raising and admissions, magazine production and writing.

Special skills

Enthusiam. Appreciation for a boarding school environment. Curiosity. Good writing skills. Interest in writing or communications. Ideas.

Other information

No other info.

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7. Forbes Library, Molly Moss '95

Industry: Libraries

Profile of Sponsor/Externship Supervisor

I was a history major at Reed, and was encouraged to go to library school to hone my research skills before reapplying for a doctoral program in history. Instead I stumbled upon my love of research, information, and libraries. I worked for several years as an academic science librarian, and transitioned into public libraries about 11 years ago. I have a strong public service orientation, and we have been actively building our readers advisory services.

 

Details

Jan 5—16, as many as 2 externs, different periods of time, as works for them, at least 3 hours per day.

Location: Northampton, MA
Help with housing: No

Description

Located in downtown Northampton, just across from Smith College, Forbes Library is Northampton's public library. The Forbes collections are large and varied including not only popular fiction and non-fiction, large arts and music and children’s departments, and an impressive art gallery, but also an extensive local history and genealogy collection for Hampshire County as well as the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Library and Museum.

For the externship, externs will work on a project in special collections, or shadow/work on projects in Reference. Can tailor project to student interests.

Special skills

Interest in libraries and eagerness to learn. 

Other information

Please inquire if you have questions! 

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8. Franklin High School, Sandra Childs '83

Industry: Education, All Levels

Profile of Sponsor/Externship Supervisor

Details

1 extern for five days, I'm flexible on dates.

Location: Portland, OR
Help with housing: No

Description

Assist in the delivery of information literacy and literature promotion program to 9-12th graders.

Special skills

A chance to find out about expectations before. A chance to dialogue afterward. I may have the extern also shadow a student for a day or watch other teachers.

Other information

none

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9. 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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10. Groupon.com, Reed Parent, Eric Herrmann

Industry: Internet

Profile of Sponsor/Externship Supervisor

Linked in profile: https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=6758277&trk=nav_responsive_tab_profile

Math and computer science undergrad.  MS in computer science.  

Before moving into management I worked as a software engineer specializing in network protocols, cryptography, large scale backup and recovery, and numerical methods. At Amazon I ran the paid search (SEM) marketing channel—both business and technical teams. At Groupon I manage the teams responsible for customer intelligence and promotions.

The problem space that I tend to focus on is the solution of large scale optimization problems—where to spend the incremental dollar in an online marketing environment.  

I am interested in individuals who are smart, can learn, and are enthusiastic about solving challenging ever-green problems. 

 

Details

Three to five days seems optimal.  I am open with regard to the date as long as I have enough lead time.

Location: Snohomish, WA
Help with housing: No

Description

It depends on the interests of the student. Anyone interested in computer science, applied math or statistics, marketing, or ecommerce should be able to take something away from the experience.

Activities could range from a data study of some aspect of the Groupon customer base, the construction and execution of a promotional campaign, a product design review, to sitting down with professional programmers to get an overview of their work.

Special skills

Success if defined by the degree of engagement the student manages to achieve. Ideally, I want the student to come away feeling like they have contributed to the running of Groupon's business in some way. 

Other information

NA.

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11. Katina Mitchell, Reed Family Member

Industry: Music and Video

Profile of Sponsor/Externship Supervisor

The externship provides an opportunity to live the life of a professional muscian and music director. Bio of the sponsor follows.
Praised for performances that "absolutely captivated" audiences (Arts Journal), soprano Katina Mitchell has been heard recently as a soprano soloist in Handel’s Dixit Dominus under the baton of Ruben Valenzuela, in a full concert of music by Saint Hildegard with Vajra Voices and Angelorum at the Berkeley Early Music Festival, in Early Music America's Battle of the Early Bands which featured her ensemble Sweet Temperament, as a soprano soloist in Bach's Magnificat (First Congregational Church, Los Angeles), and in a solo concert in Schloss Britz (Berlin). Favorite opera and oratorio roles include the principal role of Edronica in Der Geduldige Socrates (Avi Stein and Drew Minter, directors) and in the role of Filia in Carissimi’s Jephte at USC. She has been presented as a soloist at the Huntington Library and at Early Music America’s Young Performers Festivals in Boston and Berkeley. A new music enthusiast with several premieres behind her, she was the soprano soloist in the Universal Language Project’s European tour, and recently won a Wonderland Award for her musical project New World Jabberwocky, featuring music by composer Jordan Kuspa. She has been praised for her strong and believable performances as well as her ease and joy in singing concert repertoire as her voice dance[s] into the upper range, effortlessly and full of life, and with clear expression (Schleswig-Flensburg Newspaper). Katina has also been heard recently with the Lautten Compagney, the Bach Collegium San Diego, Flos Campi, and in the production Terminal Connections for which she was featured on NPR:Live in Berlin. Past operatic roles include Medea (Giasone), Lady Ella (Patience), Papagena (Die Zauberflöte), and Polly Peachum (Die Dreigroschenoper). She has sung in master classes with Emma Kirkby, Phyllis Curtin, Paul O'dette, and Susanne Mentzer, among others. 
 
An alumna of Rice University's Shepherd School of Music (Bachelor of Music, voice) and Middlebury College (Master of Arts, German language with emphasis in musicology), Katina is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts with Adam and Rotem Gilbert at USC, focusing on vocal early music and historical harps (with Cheryl Ann Fulton). Her awards include Rice’s Max Freund Prize, a grant from Arts Council Long Beach/National Endowment for the Arts, the Focus Europe Grant of Rice University, a Colburn Foundation Scholarship in Early Music, a USC Thornton Gluck Fellowship, the Elaine Adair Scholarship in Medieval Music, and merit scholarships from the San Francisco Early Music Society and the Historical Harp Society. Katina is a staff singer at St. James' in the City, Los Angeles.

www.katinamitchell.com

www.sweet-temperament.com

www.cantorislosangeles.org

www.giftsfromoversea.com

Details

January 7 through 13, one extern

OR

January 10 through 14, one extern 

I am flexible. If there is something else that might work better, please feel free to contact me with suggestions.

Location: Beverly Hills, California
Help with housing: Yes

Description

Here are activities you can expect:

  • Rehearsals 
  • Practicing : I practice daily, usually
  • Church service (Sunday) :I sing professionally at an Episcopal church 
  • Courses : I am a doctoral student in music--but classes start the 12th of January, so only after that date
  • Concerts : depending--I may have some concert performances during the externship, anything from an outreach concert to part of a concert series
  • Recording : I usually make a non-professional recording each week
  • Management and planning for ensembles: website management, administration, etc.
  • Researching and finding repertoire
  • Brainstorming for concert program ideas

Special skills

It is important for any aspiring musician to understand that actual music-making is a vital but small part of what we do. Most professional musicians need to be savvy in many other ways. This externship will provide a glimpse into the day-to-day work of a musician and artistic director.

Other information

There is a rehearsal on the 8th and an Evensong gig on the 11th, both part of my church job. Other things will be determined later, but these are set in stone already. I could definitely bring the extern to observe the rehearsals and Evensong.

Because this is taking place just after Christmas (the busiest time for singers) and the start of the new year, it will be less active a time than most. People will probably be taking a bit of a break after the holidays. January is the middle of the musical season (which goes from around September through June), and so the projects from the first half of the season will be over, and the planning for the projects for the second half of the season will be in full swing. There are still some rehearsals and performances, but not as many as there might be at other times of year.

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12. 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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13. Mary Howard Studio, Reed Parent

Industry: Advertising/Marketing

Profile of Sponsor/Externship Supervisor

From an article in Style.com, July 22, 2010: 

Mary Howard is the set designer on virtually every key fashion photographer’s speed dial. She’s the consummate background professional, literally—she creates the mise-en-scène of a shoot. Howard (lworks regularly with Steven Meisel, Annie Leibovitz, and Steven Klein, among others, and her sets range as widely as her collaborators’ styles. She does dazzlingly elaborate (Leibovitz’s 2008 Wizard of Oz shoot starring Keira Knightley), and she can make a set virtually invisible, too (Meisel’s Spring ’10 Prada campaign.) On any given day, you can find Howard mottling the gray backdrop at a studio shoot or packing up a selection of Art Deco lamps headed off on location. Here, she talks to Style.com about working with the masters, how much stuff is too much stuff, and learning when to leave the bobby pins in.

So, Mary: In one sentence, what do you do?
I call myself a set designer for print. Could be editorial, could be ads. In movies, they call someone like me a production designer; in fashion, the name “set designer” has stuck but it doesn’t entirely describe the job. There’s a lot of art direction involved; it’s not just about picking out a rug. But I guess if I have to boil down my job description to one sentence, I’d say—I create the world around the girl. I don’t have anything to do with the model, but I shape the physical environment that surrounds her and help the photographer and the stylist and everyone else involved with the shoot tell the right story and make the girl pop.

Details

Two externs, two weeks, working four day weeks (so there's time for you to explore and enjoy New York!).

Location: Brooklyn, NY
Help with housing: Other (Can help you locate housing )

Description

We do 400 shoots each year, in studio and out. The January average is three to five each week. We create environments, everything but makeup and hair, building the entire scene around a model or models. Externs will be doing production assistant tasks within that milieu. Each day is different. The studio is filled with props and furniture.  Tasks range from organizing things, helping load and unload trucks. On set activities can include immediate needs, for example, an orchid, you would race out to the flower shop to get one. Or, you might need to get mud, so you would have to get outside and find some and bring it back. It's impossible to anticipate what might be next.

You might also do administrative stuff, sourcing props online, researching places where we can get a particular background for an outdoor shoot. You could be in studio arranging glass, or small props. You might be sent to shop for stuff in NYC—you don't need to know your way around, we will instruct you.  

Or, in-house, for example, a photographer may be need a 20x20 foot piece of silk as a backdrop. You would work in studio with others to figure out how to hang it. 

Or, the art department could be building props: you would help by painting canvas over a flat to create a room. Travel outside of NYC to location; schlep props up hills, so on. 

Special skills

Willing to try, be undaunted by the physical demands of the job. Be able to do your share. You don't need to be the strongest or the fastest, you just need to be willing to try. Visual interest, knowledge of visual things is great, and we've also had interns with great musical ability who went on to do amazing things. Photographers would be great, too, and you'd be surrounded by incredible industry photographers.  

Knowledge of what we do is really important. Research us online, understand our business before you apply. 

Other information

New York is a place for quirky people. Reedies seem to fit well here. 

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14. Mary K. Dougherty & Assoc, Reed Parent

Industry: Apparel

Profile of Sponsor/Externship Supervisor

Fashionable 3 Day Externship

About the Sponsor:

Mary Dougherty, a self-made entrpreneur, privately owns and operates both Nicole Miller Philadelphia boutiques in addition to her wholesale company and a consulting firm, Mary K. Dougherty & Associates. Dougherty's career in fashion began as a traveling wholesale representative for Nicole Miller almost 30 years ago. Her most recent endeavor with Mary K. Dougherty & Associates has produced a number of high-profile events to benefit Nicole Miller Philadelphia, the Philadelphia fashion industry and numerous philanthropic efforts. As her businesses have expanded, Mary has secured her reputation as a trailblazer in the City of Philadelphia. As an exceptional businesswoman and community leader in the city of Philadelphia, she has been named one of "Pennsylvania's 50 most successful Business Women" by Business Journal Magazine, one of the "Top 50 Women to Watch" by Business Philadelphia Magazine, and most recently named one of the "Top 25 Most Fashionable Philadelphians" by Philadelphia Inquirer. Mary is a dedicated wife, mother of three boys and respected mentor within the Philadelphia community.

Details

January 5—16, 2015: 1 extern; 3 days a week

Location: Philadelphia, PA
Help with housing: Yes

Description

Day 1 with Mary K. Dougherty & Associates
Mary K. Dougherty & Associates is a consulting firm based on 30 years of experience in retail, wholesale, event planning, marketing, public relations and branding with sales-driven results. Participate in "a day in the life" of consulting, styling, event planning and marketing.
 
Day 2 with MKD &Associates
MKD & Associates covers the highways and byways of six states, selling the latest Nicole Miller and Carla Mancini collections to over 200 privately owned boutiques. The buyers of these boutiques have the unique opportunity to place their buys distraction-free in the comfort of the mobile showroom. Experience the daily "in's and out's" of a wholesale representative in the women's luxury apparel market.  Learn and understand the importance of the fashion industry & enjoy a day on the road with the Director of Wholesale.
 
Day 3 with Nicole Miller Philadelphia
The Nicole Miller Philadelphia boutiques are considered a fashion landmark in the city of brotherly love and sisterly affection, with 2 locations, one in Manayunk and the other at the Bellevue in Center City, Philadelphia. With a diverse staff of stylists, Dougherty and her team are a favorite among Philadelphians.  Learn from the industry experts on the retail floor for a day styling Philadelphia's most fashionable. 
 

Special skills

Having a "can do" attitude, open to learning, hard worker, creativeness, and a passion for fashion.

Other information

Having a "can do" attitude, open to learning, hard worker, creativeness, and a passion for fashion.

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15. 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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16. Metro: Hazardous Waste

Industry: Government U.S. State/Local

Profile of Sponsor/Externship Supervisor

Jim Quinn: Hazardous waste program manager at Metro. Reed Chemistry '83. Decades of experience in the hazardous waste industry, with a focus on recycling and product stewardship.

For more on Jim, see resume at:http://home.comcast.net/~jnq/Resume.html

Sabrina Gogol: Toxics Reduction Specialist at Metro. Reed '05, thesis with Professor Dirks, US Women's and Labor History. At Metro, my role is that of a subject matter expert in toxic products (pesticides, flame retardants, building materials) and in program evaluation (qualitative and quantitative). Professionally and in a volunteer capacity, I have also done campaign outreach, coordinated volunteers at OMSI, worked with City Repair and I am currently a member of a radical philanthropic foundation the Social Justice Fund NW.

Details

1 extern, two days, one with Sabrina and one with Jim. Date ranges are entirely flexible but should be back to back. 

 

Location: Portland, OR
Help with housing: No

Description

Day with Jim: Visit to Metro Hazardous Waste facility and paint recycling facility. Overview of program management from within the public sector. Potentially sit in on a meeting.

Day with Sabrina: Tour of Metro HQ, meet people in different departments. Overview of program implementation and evaluation from within the public sector. Q and A about what it is like to be a young female Reedie in a bureaucracy, or whatever you'd like to hear about. Potentially sit in on a meeting.

Special skills

Interest in environmental resource management, public agencies/policy, public health, and not selling out that much.

Other information

Several more Reedies also work at Metro, including an elected member of the Council.  We can't promise, but we will try to organize something fun as a group.

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17. Multnomah County, Office of District 1 Commissioner Jules Bailey

Industry: Government U.S. State/Local

Profile of Sponsor/Externship Supervisor

Christine Lewis '07 anthropology, serves as policy director in the office of Multnomah County Commissioner, Jules Bailey. Before starting with the County in spring '14, she worked for Oregon State House and Senate leadership, progressive campaigns, and as an advocate and organizer for labor and environmental organizations. 

Commissioner Bailey went to Lewis and Clark for undergrad and then on to the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. His professional background is as an economist, and I encourage you to read his bio: https://multco.us/commissioner-bailey

Details

Jan 5-14 OR Jan 8-16, 1 extern

Please note that while I hope to find someone who is broadly available across the 2 week period, there is definitely some flexility to work around your availability and other commitments. Let me know what date(s) or times don't work for you, and we can likely work around them. The important thing from our perspective is to be able to set an agreed upon schedule at the begining of January. 

Location: West Linn , OR
Help with housing: No

Description

Over the course of these two weeks, the Reed extern will have the chance to learn about the breadth of divisions and programs within the County and more broadly experience some of the ins and outs of local government and policy work. 

The extern will attend 2+ Board of Commission meetings/briefings, shadow the Policy Director in meetings, and create research memos for the Commissioner and staff. 

Research will be focused on issues of Housing and Homelessness services and/or public health. 

Special skills

The student who is a good fit for this externship is independent, curious, respectful, mature, a team player, and a little bit go-with-the-flow. 

The first day will include hands on introduction to the County and various offices and departments, but the later days will be focused on working independently with the office on policy research. 

Other information

Reed extern candidates for this position should not only be excited about spending time in a local elected official's office, but also be willing to explore targeted policy questions with the office team. 

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18. NanoString Technologies, Mary Tedd Allen, Reed Parent

Industry: Biotech and Pharma

Profile of Sponsor/Externship Supervisor

Founded in 2003, NanoString Technologies became a public company in 2013.  We develop and sell life science tools for translational research and molecular diagnostic products. The company’s nCounter® Analysis System, has been employed in basic and translational research since it was first introduced in 2008 and cited in more than 400 peer-reviewed publications, has also been optimized as a diagnostic platform. The system offers a cost-effective way to easily profile the expression of hundreds of genes, miRNAs, or copy number variations, simultaneously with high sensitivity and precision. The company’s technology enables a wide variety of basic research and translational medicine applications, including biomarker discovery and validation. The nCounter-based Prosigna™ Breast Cancer Prognostic Gene Signature Assay, which has been launched in Europe and the United States over the past year, is the first in vitro diagnostic kit to be marketed through the company’s recently formed diagnostics business.

I have a PhD in chemistry and oversee all of manufacturing, supply chain and manufacturing development at NanoString.  What I love about my job are: the awesome team of people I work with, the diversity of things that I do every day and the cool technology that we developed that enables researchers and clinicians to improve our understanding of systems biology, ultimately leading to better and more affordable health care.

This opportunity is for a sophomore or junior biology, chemistry, or physics major (a strong background in biology is key) to get a taste of what life is like as a production research associate or manager in a biotech company.  You will shadow other recent college grads and managers from the manufacturing team who spend their days doing a combination of molecular biology lab work, documentation, trouble-shooting and product development support.  

Details

This opportunity is for one person for one week in January. We can accommodate a student either Jan 5-9 or Jan 12-16. 

Location: Seattle, WA
Help with housing: Yes

Description

  • Lab work
  • Documentation (develop or edit SOPs, review batch records, etc.)
  • Data analysis
  • Troubleshooting
  • Product development meetings and team meetings

Special skills

The student must be open-minded and flexible, understanding that we are running a manufacturing operation and that unexpected things may come up requiring us to rearrange plans and schedules at any time.  They will need to be comfortable interacting with a range of different people.  They will need to be willing to ask lots of questions to make the most of this experience.

Other information

We operate under strict ISO-13485 and GMP quality system regulations.  We have rules and procedures, including training requirements, that must be respected at all times.  The student will also need to sign a non-disclosure agreement, ensuring they understand that they will be exposed to several proprietary things and they must not disclose anything confidential to anyone outside the company. 

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19. 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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20. 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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21. 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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22. Power2SME, Preeti Marwah, Friend of Reed

Industry: Entrepreneurial/Start Up

Profile of Sponsor/Externship Supervisor

Our company is an e-commerce site set up providing business solutions to Small & Medium Enterprise (hence SME) in India. We support them in procuring products at a competitive price, provide logistics support, and also up-skilling solutions for their workforce.

Externs keen on exploring the nuances of a startup business, and wanting to understand e-commerce setup would enjoy the externships with us. Externs with background in either software development, marketing, psychology, or economics will likely find this opportunity of interest.

Details

Jan 5th to 16th - 2 externs

Location: Gurgaon, Haryana
Help with housing: Yes

Description

  • Software development
  • Digital marketing
  • Business development
  • Human resources

Special skills

Join ownership for projects.

Young minds give fresh perspective to ecommerce since this is the way new world does business.

Other information

The company cannot pay for accommodations but will help externs find a suitable place to stay. Externs shall be reimbursed for all business related expenses. It is not uncommon to need to travel to various job sites in this experience.

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23. 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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24. Robert Wood Johnson Fdn, Laura Leviton '73

Industry: Healthcare

Profile of Sponsor/Externship Supervisor

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is the nation's largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to health and health care. For 40 years, the Foundation has brought its experience, commitment and a rigorous, balanced approach to the problems that affect the health and health care of all Americans. We work with a dedicated group of diverse individuals and organizations to support programs that have measurable impact and create meaningful and timely change.

Since joining RWJF in 1999, I have overseen evaluations in most of RWJF’s areas of focus and currently in initiatives in preventing childhood obesity and on behalf of vulnerable populations. The special adviser role was created for me and aims at “striving to represent the quality and consistency of the Foundation’s research and evaluation and its impact on health and health care nationwide.”  

For more on my role at RWJF visit 
http://www.rwjf.org/en/about-rwjf/leadership-staff/L/laura-c--leviton--ph-d-.html  

For more on RWJF evaluations, visit
http://www.rwjf.org/en/research-publications/assessing-our-impact.html

I am married to another class of 1973 Reedie and we fell in love at our 25th reunion.  

See http://www.reed.edu/reed_magazine/winter2007/features/love_stories/4.html

Details

January 5—16, one extern.

Location: Princeton, NJ
Help with housing: Yes

Description

The externship will provide a student opportunity to experience the work of a health foundation. The experience will focus on the work of the senior evaluation adviser in the Research & Evaluation unit. You will have the opportunity to learn what evaluations are, how evaluations are conducted, and what value evaluations have to inform the philanthropic decisions of the Foundation’s work. In addition, if time permits, you will participate in literature/document reviews used for a real time evaluation. You will also have opportunity to meet with Foundation staff members and attend meetings to gain a wider view of the Foundation’s work.

I would want to make sure that the externship provides a handle on how research and evaluation inform philanthropic decision-making. We will also likely talk about the individual evaluation projects, and with a bit of planning, there could be light duty such as literature or document review. We have good support for interns, but this is of shorter duration so we would want to plan together. We could also introduce you to people who do medical care quality improvement, health policy, and health promotion/ disease prevention for a living, give you a sense of what that is like.

Special skills

  • Willingness to take on projects that may be unfamiliar to you.
  • Context for health policy and/or heatlhcare.

Other information

An interest in philanthropy or health is a plus. An interest in nonprofit organizations is also helpful.

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25. 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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26. School Psychologist, Portland Public Schs, Moira Tofanelli '99

Industry: Education, All Levels

Profile of Sponsor/Externship Supervisor

After majoring in psychology (thesising with Kathy), I took a job teaching at a K-8 elementary school. After teaching various grades over the years, I became a school psychologist. I love the varied workload, and how one utilizes psychology in countless ways throughout the day in this role.

Details

Two externs, 2 days each, one in January 5—7; one January 12-14

Location: Portland, OR
Help with housing: No

Description

School psychologists work as part of a team to both establish special educational eligibility for and support said students in the school setting. School psychologists work primarily with special education students, however they can also work in targeted preventive support with general education students. School psychologists conduct evaluations do determine eligibility that includes observation and testing; run groups and work with students individually to facilitate student learning, and work with other team members to facilitate student learning and positive school experiences for students.

As an extern you will shadow me throughout my day: this will likely include observing and exploring the process and parts of evaluations, and exploring ways to support student learning. Each day is different, so I cannot guarantee what will happen, however if you have specific interests regarding a school psychologist's role, I can try to facilitate coordination of your interests with my schedule.

Special skills

  • An understanding of the importance of confidentiality.
  • The ability to go with the flow.
  • Positive social skills with ease of interacting with children and adults alike.
  • Interest in school psychology.

Other information

  • You will be a visitor in a school building. All school security measures will need to be followed during your visit.
  • Much of the material you will be exposed to during the time will be confidential. You will be expected to honor that confidentiality.
  • Please understand a great deal of my job is report writing. (I will try to flex this part of my schedule so as to spare you watching me type. In reality, if I should have to report write I will set you up with something to do other than watching me click a keyboard).

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27. Seattle ReCreative, Emily Korson '95

Industry: Non-Profits

Profile of Sponsor/Externship Supervisor

Seattle ReCreative is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting creativity, community, and environmental stewardship through creative reuse and arts education.

We are collecting donated materials that will otherwise end up in a landfill from local businesses and individuals to redistribute to our community. Proceeds from the resale of these goods help us to fund our arts programming and will enable us to provide free creative materials and professional development workshops to local public educators.

We believe that art fuels innovation and collaboration, and endeavor to create a physical space and programmatic approach that reflects this belief.  Our hope is that Seattle ReCreative will function as much more than a model for environmental stewardship. We see the space as a catalyst for social and intellectual enrichment. By bringing together members of our community not only to shop, but also to create, experience, and discuss art, we aim to foster cultural and personal connection amongst artists of all ages.

Our classes and creative playspace will provide young children with developmentally appropriate art-making experiences, while also exposing them to adult art practices and appreciation.  Workshops will be conducted by artists, educators and environmental activists from both inside and outside our community.

Additionally, we plan to have a space for rotating exhibitions of art created from salvaged materials and an artist marketplace. Gallery events will inspire artists, stimulate social connections and provide fundraising opportunities.

We believe that art has the power to change human consciousness, and that our project will challenge others to think more broadly about interpersonal and global impact.

 

Details

We are going to be moving into and building out our first long-term space in January.  We can accomodate up to four externs during any portion of the externship period (January 5-16).

Location: Seattle, WA
Help with housing: Yes

Description

We're interested in having interns year-round; however, we could use help with the following in January and beyond:

  • Design/construction of our educational, retail, and creative play spaces.
  • Non-profit management and fundraising
  • Program development and coordination
  • Arts education--direct instruction and school partnerships
  • Business administration
  • Materials collection and processing

Special skills

Externs will get first-hand experience learning what goes into starting and managing a non-profit organization.  We are artists, crafters, and environmental activists who are involved in education, business administration, and nonprofit management.  And we welcome the skills of anyone interested in any of those aspects.

Other information

Learn more about our organization at: www.seattlerecreative.org

And please feel free to contact us with any questions.

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28. 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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29. 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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30. 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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31. The Burns Archive, J-Sun Burns '97

Industry: Museums

Profile of Sponsor/Externship Supervisor

This summer, I redesigned the burnsarchive.com website, which had been essentially unchanged since 1996. While Reed provided me with an excellent liberal arts education, it had little to do with how I came to this job. The Burns Archive is a result of the impressive work of my ophthalmologist father, Stanley Burns, MD, who began collecting early photography when I was a toddler. His collection now contains over a million photographs, and the images of The Burns Archive have been an invaluable resource to researchers, publishers, exhibitors, authors, artists and filmmakers. More can be learned from the website (which I will be updating again soon, I swear), yet the archive is commonly known for “its unparalleled collection of early medical photography, but it is also renowned for its iconic images depicting the darker side of life: Death, Disease, Disaster, Mayhem, Crime, Racism, Revolution and War.”

 

My dad just went to his 50 year medical school reunion, and they wrote this pretty good article about him:

http://www.upstate.edu/medalumni/images/Stan%20Burns%20Article.pdf

 

In addition to working at the archive, I am a licensed massage therapist.

 

While the archive is a family business, we are constantly involved with a variety of clients in the medical, entertainment, education, historical, publishing, and art worlds.

 

 

Details

We are willing to take up to two externs at a time for as many days as each is available/willing.

 

Location: New York, NY
Help with housing: Other (Maybe. NYC has a lot of housing, but let’s talk if you can’t find any.)

Description

The day to day activities vary. Our chosen focus within the range of projects on which we work changes dependent on clients’ and publisher’s deadlines. We might be involved in preparing exhibitions, negotiating contracts, assisting a researchers’ requests, locating and copying images for publication, or assembling one of our own publications. Dr. Burns has written dozens of books, and his latest, co-authored with my sister Elizabeth, is due for release from Schiffer books in January, 2015. Also at the time of the externship, we will be preparing for the second season of the Cinemax series The Knick, for which my father is advisor and sister the archivist, but shooting will not begin for at least a few weeks afterward.

The extern may be able to help with the digital presence of the archive and the physical contents within it in a variety of ways, but each day is different and can offer new challenges and surprises.

Special skills

There are numerous and varied opportunities and projects which can be pursued, depending upon other constraints and the student’s interests.

We will welcome photographers, historians, documentarians, designers, pre-medical students, librarians, healers, scientists, writers, artists, and probably you. Just be aware that some sensitive individuals may be deeply disturbed by the images in the collection.

 

Please research the archive’s website and some of the many articles about The Burns Archive and its founder, and let us know your interests.

 

Other information

I am not going to ask for any specific qualities from candidates, as I appreciate the varieties of human experiences (I, in fact, wrote a psychology thesis on whether humans could be trained to act more randomly). Please let me know why you would like to work with us and anything else you think we should know.

 

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32. 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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33. U.S. Army Cold Regions Research & Engineering Lab, Steve Grant, Reed Parent

Industry: Government/U.S. Federal

Profile of Sponsor/Externship Supervisor

A native of Michigan, Steve Grant received his Ph.D. in Soil Science from the University of Florida in 1987. He has been a Research Physical Scientist at CRREL since 1992 except for the period from 2007 and 2011 when he was Director of ERDC’s International Research Office.

Details

Subject to negotiation and availability of pertinent staff.

Location: Hanover, NH
Help with housing: Yes

Description

Job shadowing scientists engaged in one of CRREL's four business areas; Civil Works, Environmental Quality/Installations, Geospatial Research and Engineering, or Military Engineering.

Special skills

The extern is exposed to work for the US Army Corps of Engineers and considers it as a post-college career option.

Other information

Must be a US Citizen.

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34. 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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35. 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.

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36. VINterchange, Inc., Terry Lindell '72

Industry: Application Software

Profile of Sponsor/Externship Supervisor

Our company developes web-based software for the automotive industry. We track inventory and catalog of all available parts for repair. We catalog images of these parts. A short externship project may include working with image manipulation software.

Details

Jan 5-9 one extern

Jan 12 - 16 one extern (possibly the same one)

Location: Edmonds, WA
Help with housing: Other (Externs may work from any location)

Description

Interaction with expert developers and designers.

The company is virtual, so there is no physical location requirement.

Special skills

  • Interest in image processing
  • Program and database development
  • Interest in commercial applications

 

 

Other information

Abstract problem solving in linear algebra and development. Some knowledge about Structured Query Language and VB.NET may be helpful. Interest in algorithms.

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