Summer Time and the Livin' is Easy

Kaye Sklar: Following her long-time passion for foreign affairs, Kaye Sklar ('12) will return to her hometown of Portland, Oregon, where she will be interning at the World Affairs Council of Oregon over the summer. Sklar will work specifically with the International Visitor's Program, which brings approximately 400 foreign visitors each year to participate in short-term professional study programs through the State Department."As an IVP intern, I'll have an opportunity to become familiar with an aspect of American foreign policy which promotes person-to-person diplomacy through international friendship and understanding," Sklar said. She added, "I have always had an interest in international relations, and this is an exciting opportunity to gain hands-on experience right at home!"

Kendra Atleework: Kendra Atleework (‘11) will work as the full-time summer music director at KSPC over the summer. She will be in charge of screening all of the music that gets sent to the station to decide whether it should be used on the air.  Atleework will communicate with volunteers, work with DJs and record labels, and help with in-studios—when an artist comes in to do a live set on a DJ's show. Atleework said, "I'll be working with up and coming bands to help them promote their stuff, since KSPC only plays music off of independent labels, in order to represent diverse voices. I'll also continue my own radio show, ‘Hopscotch,' which is on Friday nights from 8-10. I'm really excited about this job because I love KSPC."

Erin Coleman: This summer, Erin  Coleman (‘11) will work as the Performing Arts Intern at a non-profit in Chicago called DANK-HAUS. DANK-HAUS promotes and maintains German culture and heritage around Chicago. Of the internship, Coleman said, "I'll be staying on top of popular and classic music from Germany and booking and organizing shows in Chicago." Coleman, who is involved in various musical groups at the Claremont Colleges, will also volunteer at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago, which is the largest independent community arts school in the United States. "[Volunteering] will give me credits toward taking Bluegrass Fiddle and Mariachi lessons there for the summer," Coleman said.

Lia Seth: While Lia Seth ('11) said that her plans for summer employment might fall through because of the current financial downturn, she optimistically noted that "all is not lost." This summer, Seth will take time for herself, to relax and enjoy the months between the end of her sophomore year and the start of her semester off campus with a program in Washington, DC. "I plan on reading a lot of books, spending a week with my friend in Seattle, and just generally getting stuff done that I've been neglecting or haven't had time to do, like cleaning up my iTunes library and watching the last season of Arrested Development," Seth said. For her, the summer will  provide the relaxation many students long for at the end of a year of hard work.

Liz Lyon: Before starting research in biology and taking summer classes at the University of Utah, Liz Lyon ('12) will take ten days to travel with her aunt to Vienna, where her aunt will be presenting at a research conference. "It should be a good mix of business and fun," Lyon said. When she gets back to Utah, Lyon will begin work at the Shapiro Lab at the University of Utah's Department of Biology. Lyon, who has worked at the lab in past summers, will resume her research specifically with genetic relationships and how morphology is influenced by genetic characteristics. Lyon will also take a math class at the University of Utah to fulfill the Scripps general education requirement. In between classes and research, Lyon hopes to take time to catch up with her friends and family. "I'm looking forward to being home after my first year of college," Lyon said. "It will be great to get back to my usual activities, like hanging out with friends, going hiking and reading."

Courtney Wai: Courtney Wai ('11) is looking forward to a jam-packed summer, traveling from New York to Washington, DC, and finally back to Hawaii, before departing for a semester abroad in Argentina. In New York, Wai will participate in the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues; then, in DC, she will work with the campaign to ratify the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child. Once in Hawaii, where Wai will settle for the rest of the summer, she will have the opportunity to work with the Hawaii Institute of Human Rights, supported by the Brossy Grant for non-profit work. Wai is also looking into working as a summer recreation counselor at a camp in Hawaii, although if this job does not work with her other plans, she intends to bartend. Filling in the spaces of her busy summer, Wai will take advantage of all that her home state has to offer. "I can't wait to go home and surf, go camping and hang out with my friends and especially my family," including a new family member – a baby cousin, Elle, who was born in March.