Summer experiences, from internships to fellowships, and workshops to Discovery Days represent an opportunity for students to explore career paths and apply skills honed during the school year. With the support of a vast network of alumnae and friends of the School, students are encouraged to pursue passions and connect with professionals near and far.
The three day conference was designed to empower young women to find their voices and affect change in their community and beyond. It included skill-building workshops, plenaries on policy topics, roundtable lunch discussions with elected women, and keynote addresses from prominent female political leaders, such as Congresswomen Deb Haaland, Katie Hill, Ayanna Pressley, and more.
“This trip reinforced my interest in politics and feminism. Although the conference focused on women running for office, and I do not see myself yet running for an office in my lifetime, I feel inspired to join the world of politics. Furthermore, the amount of support that each woman in the room had from everyone around them showed me that if I do decide to run for office, I would not be alone as I would have all these incredible women watching and supporting me. It strengthened my interest in working with other women to fill the gap between women and men in politics, as although women are half the population only 20% of the elected offices are filled by women in politics.”
"The Elijah Cummings Youth Program is a two-year fellowship that Congressman Elijah Cummings started to connect the two parts of his district in Park Heights: the African American community and the Jewish community. Each cohort takes a series of trips and attends meetings which facilitate bonding and a better understanding of other cultures. We served the community by mentoring students, and we traveled to the Congressional Black Caucus. The best part of the program will be this coming summer, when I will travel to Israel for a month as an ECYP Fellow to complete the program. I was fascinated by this program because it is such an educational and life-changing experience, an opportunity that comes once in a lifetime."
Adrian Johnson ‘20
"I decided to work at the Nephrology Center of Maryland because of my deep interest in science and helping others. Although my work mainly consisted of clerical work, I was able to learn about and memorize what healthy vs unhealthy lab results look like and how this affects patients’ everyday life. My day included short interactions with patients, as I walked them back to a room. It was lovely to be able to communicate with these patients and put a smile on their faces. This experience was important and beneficial to me because I was trusted with private patient information that needed to be entered into the center’s data system. It was necessary for the information to be accurate, especially when making an immediate fax of the results and information to their physician. I received service hours, but also acquired an outside experience that showed the reality of the health care world. I would spend hours entering data and scanning files for one patient, proving the hard work that all employees of the health care field partake in. Through this experience I was able to realize that I would like to spend next summer doing scientific research, which could influence my career in wanted to continue in the science field." Tania '20
“I decided to work with Dreambuilders in Louisiana this summer because I thought it would be a great opportunity to serve those in need and meet new people. I liked the idea of building houses for natural disaster victims and doing a small part with a big group to change a families’ life for the better…This experience definitely helped me to see a different side of the world. It helped me to realize that many families are affected by things like natural disasters every day and there are organizations like Dreambuilders who are there to help them get through their tough times.” Lucia ‘20
Tina C. ’20, a member of SPSG’s International Student Program, spent her summer teaching English to students in a rural countryside outside of Beijing. In addition to this wonderful volunteer work, she also bought school supplies for the children using the money she earned from tutoring during the school year and brought letters to the children written by students in her SPSG Chinese classes. Tina will bring back with her letters written by the children and folded into origami to complete the international exchange.
Two rising juniors and a rising sophomore traveled to Hawaii (with peers from SP) to participate in the Student Global Leadership Institute (SGLI). The girls lived and worked with students from around the world as they explored the theme of peace and partnered to design projects to affect change on their respective campuses and in their local communities.
“Because SGLI features students from all over the world, I learned about and gained appreciation for issues that people face in different locations around the globe (and how people are working to mitigate them). By taking other’s effective solution techniques into account, we were able to target new problems and resolutions into our project while tailoring them to fit our community here in Baltimore.” Eva ‘20
“I have always wanted to be a leader, and I always thought that I was ready to lead, however SGLI has proven that a great leader can always continue to grow.” -Rachel ‘21
Thanks to our partnership with the women’s empowerment network, GenHERation, two rising seniors participated in the organization’s Discovery Days in NYC, going behind the scenes to meet with women in power positions at Etsy, Ernst & Young, UNICEF, BuzzFeed, IBM, and more.
“Not surprisingly, I learned that SPSG graduates are exactly the type of leaders that the eight companies I visited are willing to hire. I took a ton of notes, and was pleasantly surprised to note that phrases out of our mission statement such as “intellectual curiosity” and being a “lifelong learner” were repeated at every company that Anna and I visited. The piece of advice that I found to be the most thought provoking came from a woman on the IBM panel: “there’s never been a better time or a better country for a woman to make a difference.” -Sydney Hobbs '18
Through the School’s partnership with Invest In Girls (IIG), one rising senior is selected to represent SPSG in the Brown Advisory Invest In Girls Summer Fellowship program. “Over the course of three intensive weeks, our girls have the opportunity to observe the inner workings of the firm while completing an independent research project on the importance of women as professionals in finance as well as the unique needs of the female investor.” In addition to gaining industry exposure, students have enjoyed developing relationships, and connecting with mentors who are dedicated to helping young women pursue a future in finance.
“The best part about this fellowship was that not only did I gain knowledgeabout the finance industry and all the different jobs within it, but I developed incredible connections with everyone there.” –Mary Claire Gaines ‘17
For the second straight summer SPSG had a student in the Brown Advisory Invest In Girls Summer Fellowship. The rising senior enjoyed mentorship from women in the industry and built upon the financial literacy provided by her participation in Invest in Girls (IIG).
Senior Clare Boone '18 spent the summer in the Biology Department at Johns Hopkins, interning and exploring neuroscience with former Fambrough speaker, Dr. Rejji Kuruvilla whose research focuses on endocytic trafficking of neurotrophins in nervous system development and maintenance.
"My summer internship was a valuable experience because I learned a lot of skills and gained experience that will put me a step ahead in college. Also, it was helpful for me to see what a major/career in neuroscience would entail...learning about the nervous system in general was very beneficial for me, and I enjoyed the opportunity to look in depth into different types of neuronal and glial cells...I even learned how to dissect mice in order to extract dorsal root ganglia out of the spinal cord. "-Clare Boone '18