The Teva Interns Reach New Heights

Students in the Teva Pharmaceuticals Internship Program pose in the Liberty Place Observation Deck

While many students are taking the summer off, the students in the various youth programs of the Center for Education have been hard at work expanding their knowledge and learning how to make a difference in the world. Last week, we welcomed the latest cohort of the Teva Pharmaceuticals Internship Program. They will take part in four weeks of lessons, field trips, and hands-on activities that will expand their understanding of science, forensics, and social justice. As part of building a greater sense of community within the City of Philadelphia and among each other, the interns met with Michael Nairn, professor of Urban Studies at the University of Pennsylvania and a regular participant in our exploits here at the Center for Education. Last week, Professor Nairn gave each student a map and asked them to color in sections of the city in which they felt safe in one color and those where they did not feel safe in another. Together they compared their results and offered their thoughts on the layout of the city.

On Monday, they continued their discussion outside the classroom and traveled to the Liberty Place Observation Deck. From the 57th floor, our Teva interns got a glimpse of Philadelphia from one of the tallest buildings in the city. Thanks to the breathtaking view and a brief lecture from Professor Nairn, the students had the opportunity to view the city from a different perspective, both literally and theoretically. They marveled at the beauty and majesty of Philadelphia’s architecture and landscape, including observing the city’s grid-based layout and unique neighborhoods. They each tried to pinpoint notable landmarks as well as their own neighborhoods, with varying levels of accuracy.

Students in the Teva Pharmaceuticals Internship Program hear a lecture from Penn Urban Studies professor Michael Nairn at the Liberty Place Observation Deck

It was a view of the city they had never witnessed before and certainly one they won’t soon forget.

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The Karabots Fellows Study Philly Public Spaces

Students in the Karabots Junior Fellows Program talk with Michael Nairn, Professor of Urban Planning at Penn, in the courtyard of Philadelphia City Hall

In addition to learning about healthcare and medicine, the students of the Karabots Junior Fellows Program have been learning about different perspectives on living in Philadelphia. Recently, they took part in a set of field trips to learn about urban planning and design in the city, as well as getting the opportunity to connect with Philadelphia college students. For two sessions the Fellows met with Michael Nairn, Professor of Urban Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, and his undergraduate Urban Studies class. During the first session, they traveled to Dilworth Park, the public park surrounding City Hall. There they met with Susan Weiler, who headed the team that designed the park. Susan offered her unique perspective on the development of a public space, going into detail about the decisions that motivated the creation of Dilworth Park, as well as insights into the field of architecture. Michael challenged both his students and the Fellows to think about the definition of “public space” and the social, economic, and political negotiations that term entails.

The following week, the Fellows traveled to Penn to meet with Michael and his students at their class. It gave the opportunity for them to connect with college students in a real class environment. The Fellows and students broke into groups to discuss what they had learned at Dilworth Park; however, conversations quickly turned to sharing experiences: life in college, living in Philadelphia, and other interesting topics. It was a great opportunity for the Fellows to get a sense of what to expect during their future academic pursuits.