Each summer, we celebrate the scholarly and adventurous ways College of Liberal Arts students spend their summer break. Between internships, education abroad, and volunteering, our students are using their time away from campus to enrich their college experience.

Check out our four summertime standout students for 2018:


Kelsea Altheim riding an elephant
Kelsea Altheim riding an elephant to explore Zambia.

Kelsea Altheim and Rachel Melton

Education students across Colorado State University participate in the traditional student teaching experience – writing lesson plans, managing a classroom, grading student work – as they train to be future educators. But some students, including two current English majors, took on an additional challenge of teaching abroad this summer.

Kelsea Altheim and Rachel Melton, juniors majoring in English Education, completed an education abroad program in Africa, where they assisted local educational organizations in Livingstone, Zambia.

Altheim and Melton spent their days in the versatile program teaching literacy, art, reading and math to students of all ages.  Each day was structured with different daily projects from adult literacy teaching programs to afterschool sports. Read more about their summer in Zambia on SOURCE.




Ashley VanDyke against Chinese structure
Ashley VanDyke in Dalian, China

Ashley VanDyke

For international studies majors, learning the history, culture, and language of a diverse region around the world is part of the program. This summer, international studies senior Ashley VanDyke had the opportunity to immerse herself directly into the culture she has studied for so many years.

In May, VanDyke embarked on an intensive, eight-week language learning program in Dalian, China after being awarded the Critical Language Scholarship from the US. Department of State. The government scholarship is designed to immerse American students in different regions around the world to gain language understanding and culturally-enriched experiences. Read more about VanDyke and the Critical Language Scholarship on SOURCE.




Rose Gorrell
Rose Gorrell outside the National Wildlife Research Center

Rose Gorrell

Public history connects people with the past while helping to answer important questions of the future. Beyond the walls of a traditional classroom, public historians work in places like museums, historic sites, archives, and at all levels of government to facilitate public interaction with history.

Rose Gorrell, a graduate student in Colorado State University’s public history program, is using her degree this summer to intern with the National Wildlife Research Center (NWRC).

Located in Fort Collins, the NWRC is a facility within the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services program that is dedicated to finding solutions to human-wildlife conflicts related to agriculture and property damage, natural resource protection, and human health and safety. Read more about Gorrell’s internship on SOURCE.