LOCATION: Medford, MA
ABOUT US: The Talloires Network of Engaged Universities connects universities from around the world to build a global movement of civically engaged higher education institutions. We advocate for the sustainable expansion of university-community collaborations to identify and address societal challenges, and we recognize and promote the most promising practices from our members and others in the field of higher education. We strive to correct a historical imbalance by increasing the visibility in particular of innovative civic engagement activities ongoing in the Global South
RESPONSIBILITIES & PROJECTS: The intern will work with the Talloires Network Secretariat in preparation for the next Talloires Network Global Leaders Conference (TNLC2021). Tufts University’s Tisch College of Civic Life and Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics will jointly host TNLC2021, a global gathering of universities focused on civic engagement and leadership. The virtual conference will run September 30 – October 3, 2021. The intern will join meetings of the local organizing committee from Tufts and Harvard to help plan conference sessions, market the event, and meet with students from universities around the world preparing conference sessions.
REMOTE WORK ENVIRONMENT: Network Secretariat stays in touch via email and meets as group at least once a week via conference call or Zoom.
TIME ZONE: ET
WORKING HOURS: There is flexibility regarding which hours the intern works.
EQUIPMENT & SOFTWARE: Access to high-speed Wi-Fi, Personal laptop, Web Camera, Microsoft Office (Word, Powerpoint, Excel), Adobe Creative Suite
2020 Intern Reflection:
Working at the Talloires Network this summer represents a drastic change from my work experiences to date, but I couldn’t be happier with my time there so far. Especially in the midst of a pandemic, it’s nice to have a very small group of colleagues whom I’ve truly gotten to know over the past six weeks. My supervisor, one of just two full-time employees at Talloires, is extremely attentive, but also allows me to manage my own schedule and conduct most of my work independently. Over the past few weeks, I’ve been working on a proposal for an overhaul of the Network’s language surrounding its mission, vision, and values, and it’s been very affirming that the Talloires secretariat staff trusts me enough to complete this project largely on my own (though with their guidance whenever I need it). I also helped select the winners of the COV-AID Student Engagement Award, and I am continuing to research civically engaged university leaders from around the globe who could potentially serve as nominees to the Network’s steering committee. Contrary to the popular perception of internships as a conglomeration of busy work, these responsibilities are real, and my supervisor goes out of his way to underscore how much my contributions are valued. The Talloires Network is an extremely rewarding place to work, and I am very grateful to have the opportunity to do something so meaningful during this time of crisis.
-Chloe Levine '22