IU President Michael McRobbie has selected five IU students, four undergraduates and one Ph.D., as his presidential interns this year, according to an IU press release. The presidential internship was started in 2009 and is meant to help IU students get leadership skills while helping IU on important topics.
Pappas, a Ph.D. student studying art history, began her internship work for IU earlier this year.
According to the release, Pappas is working with David Brenneman, the director for the Eskenazi Museum of Art. Her work will develop a public art program across different IU campuses.
“I was particularly interested in working on this project with David Brenneman because I believe public art holds a unique space in the art world; it can create an engaging public space for each viewer while simultaneously encouraging discourse between community members,” Pappas said in the release. “While there is certainly not one role of art in public spaces, one thing that art can do is facilitate crucial conversations on space, community and belonging.”
Cameron Dark, a senior studying business, also began his internship earlier this year. Dark is from Fort Wayne, Indiana, and his job entails writing briefings for the Vice President for International Affairs and profiles of international partners. He also works with the IU Student Association Supreme Court.
“I don’t think students realize how connected IU is to the world beyond just Indiana and even the U.S., and it’s neat to get a look into the various projects and initiatives IU takes on in order to boost its global profile and help facilitate global research and education,” Dark said in the release. “This is a unique position because not many undergraduate students get to work so closely with the Office of the Vice President for International Affairs.”
Triebold is a junior from South Bend and is a Wells Scholar. She has been involved in the IU Equestrian Team, the Labyrinth literary journal and the Collins Living Learning Center Arts Council. She is a junior studying English and Near Eastern languages and cultures
Her work with Milvert and Ehrmann will study the ancient origins of the modern university will examine the different models of higher education that emerged in early civilizations across time and place.
Ehrmann is an artist who does both photography and painting. She is a freshman studying art history and Arabic. She said she also works for an organization which provides opportunities for artists on campus to share their talent and for art enthusiasts to volunteer at arts events.
Milvert is a sophomore majoring in Spanish and English. Milvert, like both Ehrmann and Triebold is a Wells Scholar. She said she is ecstatic to be working on this project with the other interns and McRobbie.
“I am incredibly excited about this opportunity to contribute to such a wide-ranging historical research project,” Milvert said in the release. “It goes beyond researching ancient civilizations in its attempt to understand the tradition of the university in a new, more expansive context.”
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