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Esther Chan ’16 Awarded Cultural Vistas Fellowship

Chan to Spend Eight Weeks in Singapore

Esther Chan ’16 Awarded Cultural Vistas Fellowship

Esther Chan ’16 has been awarded a Cultural Vistas Fellowship and will spend her summer gaining international experience through an eight-week summer internship and immersion program in Singapore.

The initiative is funded by Cultural Vistas as part of its commitment to afford more Americans opportunities for formative international experiences. The Cultural Vistas Fellowship aims to provide students who are traditionally underrepresented in international exchange programs with the chance to advance their career goals, develop global competencies, and experience life in another culture.

“As a Cultural Vistas Fellow, I hope to see the differences and similarities in our vast world that connects us and ties us together in our common humanity,” said Chan, who designed a major in visual media and social change. “I'm excited to experience a new culture, immerse myself in a different way of life, and to explore unconventional avenues of learning and doing.”

Chan, of Los Angeles, will be interning at a sustainable architecture and urban planning firm. “My adventure in Singapore will be an opportunity for me to learn more about social change from a new perspective. My experiences in a new culture, my interactions with a diverse array of people, and my internship in a field that I've never even imagined working in will teach me so many things about myself and the world around me. I'm excited to learn and understand different ways of sustaining communities,” she said.

“I hope that with my new experiences I can bring some new ideas back home and a better understanding of how we can have a truly sustainable community.”

The Cultural Vistas Fellowship provides 10 U.S. university students with the opportunity to gain professional experience through eight-week summer internship and immersion experiences in Argentina, Germany, and Singapore. This is the second year the program has been offered.

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