David Mbau '13 (left), who will be interning in Johannesburg, and Elihu Reynolds '12, who will intern in London, meet with Paul Weissman ’52 during the spring luncheon.

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Campus & Community

Weissmans support 50 interns abroad

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Thanks to the generosity of Paul ’52 and Harriet Weissman, 50 Harvard College students will travel around the globe to explore their career interests and experience new cultures.

Since 1994, Weissman internships have offered exceptional opportunities for professional, intellectual, and personal growth through a combination of work, observation, and cultural immersion. To date, more than 400 students have pursued internships in 79 countries on five continents.

This year’s class will intern in 23 countries throughout Africa, the Middle East, Europe, Latin America, and Asia Pacific. They will work on a variety of projects, such as finding suitable health interventions for Alzheimer’s disease caregivers at a school of public health in China; educating former child soldiers through soccer at a nonprofit organization in Uganda; assisting an organization in the production of a summer opera festival in England; hosting wine tastings and wine cave tours at a Champagne house in France; breeding small reef fish in an ecology laboratory to study their reproductive biology in New Zealand; measuring functional traits in tropical forests with a research institute in Panama; and evaluating the efficiency of micro loans and investment projects at a bank in Rwanda.

The interns met with the Weissmans, as well as members of the selection committee and guests, during an April 28 luncheon at Loeb House where they highlighted plans for their upcoming summer internships.

Throughout the summer, the students will stay in contact with each other and the Weissmans. They will meet again in the fall to share their experiences.

The Weissman Program is administered by the Office of Career Services.