Shimer College

April 30, 2014

Summer 2014 Shimer Internship Program (SIM)

Shimer College is pleased to announce the recipients of the Summer 2014 Shimer Internship Program (SIM). The goal of the SIM program is to encourage Shimer students to seek out and secure internship experiences that allow them to apply their liberal arts education to non-academic ventures.

Teresa Doubet King will intern at the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois.

The ACLU of Illinois (ACLU), and its affiliated Roger Baldwin Foundation (RBF), are non-partisan, non-profit organizations dedicated to protecting the liberties guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, the state Constitution, and state/federal human rights laws. The ACLU accomplishes its goals through litigating, lobbying and educating the public on a broad array of civil liberties issues (

Teresa says, “As I plan to continue my education through law school when I graduate from Shimer, I am especially interested in the legal aid and advocacy aspects of the organization; I believe that focus within these areas would not only be personally fulfilling, but would provide invaluable professional insight that will aid me greatly as I move towards my goals for law school and my following career….I would perform a variety of tasks including filing documents in court, preparing form letters, archiving, file indexing, preparing and sending various forms of correspondence, library organizing, and being prepared for other various forms of substantive work relating to specific cases or causes, all while working alongside distinguished and successful attorneys, organizers, and humanitarians.” 

Zach Parton will intern at the Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease Center within Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. Specifically, Zach will intern for the Laboratory for Cognitive and Molecular Morphometry.

The Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease Center (CNADC) is a multidepartmental freestanding component of the Feinberg School of Medicine. We specialize in the clinical care and scientific study of neurological diseases that interfere with cognition and behavior. Areas of clinical emphasis include age-related memory impairments, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, frontotemporal degenerations, primary progressive aphasia, and related neurodegenerative conditions (

Zach says, “Neurolinguistics is, broadly, the study of the relationship between language and the brain. My current goals for post-graduation are to pursue this line of study in either in a research-academic or medical professional setting…. At Shimer, we pride ourselves on the utilization of primary source documents, and for someone with an interest in Neurolinguistics, there is no better text than the actual human brain. The primary activities that separate this from most of the REU’s (Research Opportunities for Undergraduates) I have looked at in the past are 1) the ability to work directly with prepared human physiological structures (brains, spinal cords, etc.), as well as 2) the orientation of the research explicitly to language.” 

Arlo Johnson will intern at Benton House in Chicago, IL.

Benton House is a neighborhood social service agency, continuing the heritage of the settlement house movement. Our purpose is to enrich the quality of life of both individual residents and the neighborhood as a whole. We exist to promote the stability, economic vitality and cultural growth of the community we serve. We strive to provide an integrated, comprehensive array of individual social services to improve the health, educational, social, recreational, and cultural opportunities for individuals and their families (

Arlo says,“It is my intention to help foster a deeper connection between myself and the community around Shimer, namely the people of Bridgeport and the surrounding area. This summer I plan to execute three projects as an intern at the Benton House. The first is starting and coaching, a youth soccer league through the Benton House’s recreation program. The second is leading a workshop in garden bed rising, with a goal of helping the community to become more self-sustaining. The third is a project in I would construct an indoor Aquaponics garden to grow plants through the winter, something that has never been successfully done before.” 

Mey Lee has applied for an internship at the International Bird Rescue Center in Fairfield, CA.

International Bird Rescue (Bird Rescue) has been saving seabirds and other aquatic birds around the world since 1971. Bird Rescue’s team of specialists operates two year-round aquatic bird rescue centers in California, which care for over 5,000 birds every year, and has led oiled wildlife rescue efforts in over 200 oil spills in more than a dozen countries (

Mey says, “The intern position would be mainly concerned with the welfare and rehabilitation of the wetland birds, as well as participating in the maintenance of the facilities. I would be working with the orphan rearing program getting to know the local bird populations and common illnesses and treatments…. My learning goals for this internship focus on getting to know what it means to be hands-on involved with environmental issues. I want to see firsthand both the negative and positive impacts humanity has on our environment. After Shinier I plan to go to graduate school for ecology…. have a passion for ecology and am ready to turn that passion into knowledge. The Environmental Studies class I am taking this semester has really highlighted the need for human intervention on our human recklessness.”