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Education Studies

Research Opportunities

Students in education studies often pursue summer internships by working as tutors, teacher assistants and counselors in a variety of settings: private and public schools, nonprofit educational programs, urban summer education programs and summer camps. Internships are a form of work-related experience highly valued by education employers, and Hamilton's Career Center provides guidance and assistance to students seeking internships.

In addition, all students in education studies gain crucial field experience as well as college credits through their extended work in local schools.

Brian Sobotko ’16
Finding a Solution to Failing Public Schools

While the U.S. is a global leader in many fields, such is not the case with our public education system, which lags behind 13 other countries.1 Brian Sobotko ’16, a public policy major and education studies minor, thinks that the solution for failing public schools may be more obvious than we imagine. As a Levitt Summer Research Fellow, he is working on an independent examination of  “Transformational Leadership in American Public Schools.”  More ...

Sharon Yam '16
Sharon Yam ’16 Interns With Educational Firm

Many Hamilton students do not begin serious internship experiences until their sophomore or junior years. However, through a program called First Year Forward, 33 first-year students are working with the Career Center to participate in workshops throughout the academic year and complete career-related experience the summer following their first year at Hamilton. One such student is Sharon Yam ’16, who is interning with an education firm, Independent Placements.  More ...

Heather Krieger '14, right, makes breakfast smoothies for children at Rosie's Theater Kids in New York City.
Reforming School Food with Red Rabbit

With tight budgets and even tighter refrigeration space, some schools find serving fresh meals to be a challenge.  The current state of school meals is an issue of concern, but one company is providing nutritious alternative options. Heather Krieger ’14 is interning this summer for Red Rabbit, a company providing New York City schools with farm fresh, healthy and sustainable food options.  More ...

Krista Hesdorfer '14
The State of Civic Education

Civic engagement is essential to a community’s well-being and can be defined, in part, by citizen participation in after school programs, volunteer opportunities and political causes.  However, the availability of these opportunities differs between high- and low- income areas.  Krista Hesdorfer ’14 is examining the correlation between civic learning and the growing income-based achievement gaps in the U. S. with Director of the Education Studies Program Susan Mason.  More ...

Crystal Kim '15
Crystal Kim ’15 Examines Korean Fever for Education

Crystal Kim ’15 grew up in America with South Korean parents, and she was often struck by the difference between her American education and her Korean upbringing. Upon realizing that education is a central part of Korean culture, she decided that she needed to gain a better understanding of Korea and of her own heritage. She is taking advantage of the summer to do just that with an Emerson Foundation grant working with Director of the Education Studies Program Susan Mason.  More ...

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