Student Projects and Experiences
Erin attended the Summer 2015 NYC Program and interned at TerraCycle, a company that buys other people’s trash and recycles it in creative and scientific ways. While she was there she was able to participate in their international week, where she met TerraCylcle’s employees from all over the world and learned about their different tactics. She admires the company and enjoyed the working environment.
“The desk in the conference rooms are old bowling alley lanes and old doors from our store in New York. Room and space dividers are made out of soda bottles, old records, and even walls of old wine corks. The ‘mulch’ in the courtyard is actually recycled, shredded Old Navy flip flops, and believe it or not, the furniture outside is made out of recycled Capri Sun drink pouches.” Take a look at the photos of what she calls a “funky” office.
Erika attended the Summer 2013 NYC Program. Along with two courses, Erika took on a full time internship at MRY, a creative and technology agency. She worked in the marketing department alongside the CMO. This is a part of her reflection of her experience:
“This summer has undoubtedly been one of if not the best summer of my life. I gained invaluable experiences and truly found myself in many ways. During my time in NYC I was taking two classes through the Study Away program with Dr. Gratson, and had a full-time internship. For my classes I learned all about NYC through both its communities and its institutions. Each Saturday we visited a wide variety of boroughs, museums, historical sites and districts of the city. Dr. Gratson opened our eyes to things many life-long New Yorkers did not know or pay attention too. Although I had visited New York many times throughout my childhood it helped me look at the city through a new lens.”
Erika Koiva is now on her way to Ogilvy & Mather in Manhattan! Read more about her journey.
community to focus her project on. This is an excerpt from her project:
“The role of this community is that it offers a place for Chinese and other Asian immigrants to come and feel at home. This is important because America is meant to be a melting pot, a place where people can come to be a part of America’s culture without having to give up their ancestral culture either. The great thing about that is that people are then able to experience all sorts of cultures in their own city. So one can get to know more about Chinese culture firsthand without having to travel all the way to China. I think it is all about opening minds and crossing borders.”