APEX Fellowships

Elisabeth Abell '15

A History and French and Francophone Studies double major, Elisabeth Abell ’15, traveled to Rabat, Morocco on an APEX Fellowship to work at Centre Nahda. This organization is a small women’s center in the middle of the city; it caters to women of all social and economic backgrounds, giving women the language and vocational skills necessary to be more financially independent. She found the internship through a volunteer service called International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ). She became interested in the organization because it gave her the opportunity to teach language in the Maghreb, which is an area she particularly enjoys studying. At the Centre, Elisabeth taught English and French one-on-one and in small group sessions. She also provided childcare services during the month of Ramadan. Overall, she had a challenging yet rewarding experience and now knows teaching language is something she would like to pursue after college. Working at Centre Nahda played an important role in the development of Elisabeth’s IS, since she wrote about French women’s experiences in North Africa.

Charlotte Klein '15

Charlotte Klein ’15, a Spanish and French and Francophone Studies double major, received an APEX Fellowship to work as an intern at Translation Excellence, a small translation company in Aurora, Colorado. She found the internship on one of the internship and job search engine to which Wooster subscribes, Liberal Arts Career NetWORK, with the help of the APEX staff. After spending two semesters abroad – one in Nantes, France and one in Salamanca, Spain – Charlotte wanted an opportunity to continue to use her language skills over the summer as she prepared to write her Independent Study in the fall. She was particularly interested in translation and interpretation after taking a translation class in each country, so when she found out about the opening at TE, she jumped at the chance. As an intern, her main jobs were to proofread and translate documents, write blog posts, and maintain the company’s social media sites. Charlotte found the position so rewarding that she will return to the company for the summer of 2015 as a full-time employee.

Ainslee Robson '15

Thanks to her APEX Fellowship, Ainslee Robson ’15, a Philosophy and French and Francophone Studies double major, had the opportunity to work as an intern at a national, New York-based non-profit organization called Race Forward, a racial justice innovation center that does work through research, media, and practice. It also publishes a racial justice online news platform, Colorlines. Discussing how she came to know about this internship, she explained that the executive director came to speak at Wooster as their keynote speaker for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, where Ainslee happened to meet her at a dinner for the event. Ainslee saved her email address and decided to contact her when it was time to find a job for the summer. As an intern, she worked in the practice department, helping to make plans for Facing Race, a national conference that happens every year. She also helped to select the films for the film festival and was in charge of organizing the execution of the festival during the conference. With her passion for social justice, this internship was a perfect fit for her; while she will probably focus on international work after Wooster, Ainslee enjoyed her time with Race Forward.