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understand the rigor and lifestyle of being an archeologist and to embrace the challenge. I am surer than ever about my future path in academics at Skidmore as well as beyond.”

Amanda Nelson ’14 also applied her academic background in the workplace, as an intern at ICM Partners, one of the world’s largest talent and literary agencies. “The internship perfectly combined my double major in theater and business,” she says. “To be a theater agent you have to know about theater, trends in the industry, and who the talent is, but you also need solid business skills such as marketing your clients, negotiating con- tracts, and dealing with money.”

Nelson credits faculty from business, arts adminis- tration, and theater, as well as staff from the Zankel Music Center and the Career Development Center, who helped her in all aspects of her journey, from network- ing to skill-building to re- sume writing. She admits she started out terrified of what she feared would be a shark tank, but she concluded the summer feeling that “ICM was the most important ex- perience of my life. It clari- fied what I want to do and gave me new confidence. I can now see myself as successful.” The support of history professor Tillman Nechtman empow- ered Rosalind Rothwell ’14 to engage in a project researching Revolutionary War-era newspapers, studying how news spread about the turning-point Battle of Saratoga and how newspapers can serve as vehicles for propaganda. Nechtman had heard from a professional contact that there were openings with the National Park Service for research assistants, and he passed the information on to Rothwell. He says, “It seems to me that this sort of project is the ideal academic internship. Although the word ‘intern’ often connotes fetching cof- fee and making copies without getting paid for it, this project was a true exercise in public history. It took the research and writing skills that we teach in my depart- ment and asked Roz to deploy them in a context where they have an applied purpose.” Rothwell reports, “It gave me a glimpse into more advanced work that historians partake in. I was able to apply the skills I’ve learned in my Skidmore classes,


and I also learned how to strategize and divide my workload, keep an inventory of my discoveries, and develop arguments for a paper about the research.” Rothwell’s findings will become part of a richly detailed nar- rative about the Battle of Saratoga that will be recounted to site visitors for years to come. And furthering the college-park rela- tionship, Skidmore hosted the Friends of the Saratoga Battle- field for a meeting and a lecture. As Nechtman points out, the experience also meets the college’s strategic initiative to en- courage civic engagement as students develop into responsible global citizens. “Here are students doing work for a greater good not distinct from the in - tellectual projects they’ve taken up at the college,” he says.


Advancing the greater good is the primary goal for Johane Simelane ’13, a native of Swaziland who is pursuing a self-determined major in public health. Sime lane is researching how Swazi youths perceive the effectiveness of adult male circumcision in fighting the HIV/AIDS pandemic. After designing a study but finding no

At first terrified of what she feared would be a shark tank, she concluded by feeling it “was the most important experience of my life. It clarified what I want to do and gave me new confidence. I can now see myself as successful.”

nongovernmental agencies that could support it, he was able to conduct his research independently with funding through SEE-Beyond and the help of the Ministry of Health. He inter- viewed Swazi officials, physicians, researchers, and community groups. Now analyzing his data at Skid- more, he will present his findings to health ministers in Swaziland.

“The liberal arts experience at Skidmore has made me question my own beliefs and changed the way I view the world,” Sime- lane says. “And SEE-Beyond has kept alive my desire to pursue my public-health career at home. I am able to continuously connect with my community by growing knowledge with the needs of my country in mind.” His

HIV/AIDS project, he says, helped him “realize the importance of involving the public in designing health policies or programs, which are lacking in Swaziland. I see a need for public-health professionals to work in our region, and I am committed to doing it. I believe that projects like this research can instigate change, and that is my long-term goal.”

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