Campus: CSU Long Beach-- April 2, 2004

Cal State Long Beach Student Selected for Summer Internship in Washington D.C. with National Endowment for the Humanities

Chhunny Chhean, a junior at California State University, Long Beach, was one of 18 students selected from more than 200 applicants nationwide for a 10-week summer internship with the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

The NEH Summer Internships Program introduces promising college students to the programs, policies and operations of the federal agency charged with promoting scholarship, education and public programming in the humanities in the United States.

Interns were selected based on their interest in and commitment to the humanities, and the conception, clarity, and execution of writing samples, two of which were submitted for the application process. Each intern will receive a $4,000 stipend.

"I am honored and grateful to have such an awesome opportunity and I intend on making the most of it," said Chhean, a President’s Scholar who is double majoring in philosophy and English at CSULB. It will be her first trip to the District of Columbia.

During their 10-week stay in Washington, D.C., interns will be assigned, in most cases, to one office of the agency to assist with daily work and participate in the intellectual life of NEH. Chhean has already been assigned to work in the Old Post Office Building at 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, not far from the White House.

Typically, an intern's time will be split between routine administrative duties and an individual project that makes best use of the intern's skills, talents, and interests. For example, past interns have written articles for Humanities magazine, researched emerging fields in the humanities, and developed Web-based tools for the gathering of humanities-related information.

Chhean’s goals include learning as much as she can about the NEH. "I intend on working hard and spending every free day exploring the museums and monuments in and around D.C.," she said. "I’m especially looking forward to the Vietnam Memorial, the Library of Congress and riding the Metro."
In addition to being a President’s Scholar, Chhean has served as a President’s Ambassador and as Conservation Commissioner for Associated Students, Inc., for which her group was named "Commission of the Year." She is also president of the English Students Association, vice-president of the College of Liberal Arts Council and secretary for the Student Philosophy Association.

Chhean hopes her achievement serves as encouragement to other students. "I did a bit of Internet research, found the NEH internship and then applied exclusively online," she said. "For me, rejection is OK but regret is not, so I apply for everything."


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