Eight Wabash Students Intern in Germany and Mexicoby Justin Lyon • October 22, 2003
Reynaldo Pacheco helps an actress get ready
The students' experiences ranged from directing an indigenous theatre group to teaching English to researching environmental law for a nongovernmental organization. With experiences in art, law and finances, these internships reflected the diversity of career opportunities open to liberal arts graduates.
Reynaldo Pacheco, theatre major who received a Dill Internship, directed the production of a play with the indigenous people of Chiapas. He was part of a larger effort to bring people from villages to do art—write, sing, act—to capture the Mayans' oral stories and traditions. Reynaldo said that initially he thought that the play was too long and repetitive. He suggested to the indigenous people that they needed to cut it down.
Isaiah Sumner's Collegues in Germany
"It was a really interesting experience because I got to see the inside of East Germany. I got to see what working life was for the Germans. They treated me like a normal co-worker. My boss was presenting the data I worked on at international conferences so I knew I was working on something important. It wasn't drudge work."
Carlos Carillo, a recipient of a Dill Internship, focused his efforts on understanding the legal aspects of environmental issues in Chiapas.
"I was trying to find the opportunities and weaknesses of the state constitution and help contribute to a proposition...to improve the ecological system of Chiapas."
He discovered that there were not enough benefits for the private landowners of Chiapas, compared to other countries such as Costa Rica and the United States. Prior to his internship, Carlos took a class on the indigenous people of Mexico that included a life-changing ten day immersion experience in Chiapas. The idea for his internship research project came out of this initial cross-cultural opportunity, participation in an Immersion Learning course.
David Orr, a Wabash alumnus and trustee, and his wife, Nancy, provided face-to-face support while the students were in Chiapas. Wabash alumni support their students with not only their money, but also with the most valuable commodity of all, their time.
Germany Internship Students
Chiapas, Mexico Internship Students
Carlos Carrillo - Dill Internship
Luis Flores - Center of Inquiry into the Liberal Arts Grant
Justin Grimmer – Economics Department
Masud Bahramand - Economics Department
Reynaldo Pacheco - Dill Internship
Zachary Manker - Center of Inquiry in the Liberal Arts Grant