Saturday, June 1, 2013
Okapi: Reed College student '12 Looking for VOLUNTEER INTERNSHIP POSSIBILITIES, Scott replies - Hi Jessica, WUaS has volunteer opportunities, with face-to-face possibilities in Google + group video Hangouts, WUaS Summer internships - http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Internship_Program_at_World_University_and_School, Internship Program at WUaS, Volunteers at WUaS, WUaS Intern positions
Jessica from Reed '12 writes:
Hello! This is my first time using the Reed Switchboard (yay!)
I am currently studying optometry at Pacific University College of Optometry, but I am on summer break and staying in SE Portland (Clackamas/Happy Valley area) until the end of August. Since this is the last summer break that I will ever have, I decided that I did not want to spend it in an optometry practice because I will probably be doing that for the rest of my life. I wanted to spend this summer doing something different!
I have been on summer break for 3 weeks. So far, I have taken on random offers like being a caregiver for my grandparents with Alzheimer’s for a week, and I also did some dog-sitting for my neighbor for a week. I majored in biology at Reed but like a lot of people at Reed, I consider myself to have a wide range of interests. But for now, I would appreciate any opportunity where I can directly interact with people, or any opportunity in a small business/management setting because I am interested in becoming a private practice optometrist in the future. I have searched and applied for a few volunteering opportunities in Portland through the internet (like Outside-In), but most of them are 6-month commitments. I am available for 3 months any day, any time!
I am eager to hear back from Switchboard and THANK YOU for reading my post!
World University and School has volunteer internship opportunities, -
with face-to-face possibilities in Google + group video Hangouts. WUaS is a wiki, startup, online university, like Wikipedia with MIT OCW, with plans to matriculate our first undergraduate students in the the autumn of 2014. WUaS plans to offer online, C.C., bachelor, Ph.D., law and MD diplomas and in many languages and countries, with potential overlap with your optometry focus. As a wiki, startup university, there are great, creative opportunities in developing WUaS.
Email me if you’re interested in exploring helping to develop WUaS online further - firstname.lastname@example.org - while living in Portland this summer. (I’m planning to attend the reunion around Saturday, June 15, if you’d like to chat in person then).
Scott also posts more generally to the Reed switchboard …
World University and School has volunteer opportunities for summer internships - http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Internship_Program_at_World_University_and_School. WUaS is a wiki, startup, online university, like Wikipedia with MIT OCW, with plans to matriculate our first undergraduate students in the the autumn of 2014. WUaS plans to offer online, C.C., bachelor, Ph.D., law and MD diplomas and in many languages and countries, with much, potential overlap with your studies at Reed, or creative ones of your choosing. As a wiki, startup university, there are numerous, great, academic and information technological opportunities in developing WUaS.
Email me if you’re interested in exploring helping to develop WUaS online further - email@example.com - while living in Portland or elsewhere this summer. (I’m planning to attend the Reed reunion around Saturday, June 15, if you’d like to chat about this in person then).
worlduniversityandschool AT gmail DOT com
Thanks for replying to my post on Reed Switchboard. Your project sounds very interesting, and thanks for presenting the opportunity to me, but I personally don't believe that people in the health professions, especially, should ever be granted a professional degree through an exclusive online education. Furthermore, a few years ago, I set up an account on Second Life as well as checked out other simulation games, but I quickly realized that I am simply not interested in immersing myself in virtual worlds. I just think that I would not be a good volunteer for WUaS because my philosophy may be a lot different from yours, and I don't think it would be a good idea for me to invest time into something I do not believe in.
Thank you so much again for reaching out! I cannot make it to the reunion, but maybe I will meet you someday. Best of luck with WUaS!
Thanks so much for your email.
I'm excited about the growing, online, educational opportunities that will benefit so many people around the world, like MIT OpenCourseWare's 2,150 courses. I took a Stanford Coursera course last autumn and enjoyed the interaction in Google + group video Hangouts, and made friends around the world - one who is working on Synthetic Biology from Europe - see for example ... http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Synthetic_Biology - and WUaS got 3 new Board members in this course - from Greece, Spain and Indonesia - thanks to the G+ Hangout technologies.
And free, (since C.C.), STEM-centric, MIT OCW-centric, WUaS degrees in many countries and languages will benefit so many people.
As a wiki, WUaS, like Wikipedia (which is now in 285 languages and we all wrote it), is very open-ended, both academically and otherwise. The cool thing about WUaS is that you, or anyone, can teach to your web camera, for example, or start a wiki page in a Subject you're interested in, and which might further one's studies, and lead to instructional experience.
Here's a link to the growing, Health Sciences and Technology, wiki, subject page - http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Health_Sciences_and_Technology#World_University_and_School_Links - which anyone can edit or add to, but which has a great universities' focus. (And here's the beginning Medical School, for future reference - http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/World_University_Medical_School#World_University_and_School_Links). Both of these, and indeed, all of WUaS, will develop a lot over the years.
But I hear you, and thanks again for your email.
See, too ...
Internship Program at WUaS: