In the second year of the David Rockefeller International Experience Grants Program, more than 400 Harvard College students accepted funding for international internships, volunteer projects, study abroad programs, and research opportunities in 53 countries across the world. With the generosity of David Rockefeller ’36, LL.D. ’69, this grant program was developed to give students the opportunity to gain a broader understanding of the world and to learn about other countries and peoples by spending at least eight weeks immersed in a culture other than their own.
This year’s recipients will conduct independent research on diverse topics, such as the experience of aging and dementia in France, the Tomb Shrines of Sayyidah Zaynab in Egypt, and forest succession in tropical forests in Panama. Recipients participating in internships and service activities will support both corporate and nonprofit organizations, such as Gucci Worldwide in Italy, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Switzerland, the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel, and the New Hope Orphanage in Uganda. Students will participate in 23 Harvard Summer School study abroad programs, as well as summer study programs supported by 40 other academic institutions.