Elèna E. Ruyter

 New York, NY 10025 ♦ eruyter@gmail.com 


Swarthmore College | Swarthmore PA | 2014

BA: Major in Studio Arts, Minor in Islamic Studies

School of Visual Arts | New York, NY | 2014                                                               

Month-long painting residency including guest lecturers and critiques by SVA professors

Amideast Study Abroad Program | Amideast, | Rabat, Morocco | Fall 2012    

Resided with a Moroccan family and took classes at the AMIDEAST program headquarters  

Awards and Honors | Swarthmore PA | 2014

Drew Pearson Prize for excellence in journalism

Online Courses | Coursera | 2016

Human-Centered Design: Introduction, University of California San Diego. Certificate earned Fall 2016

Innovation and Design for Global Grand Challenges, Duke University. Certificate earned Fall 2016 


Professional Experience

Community Economic Development Volunteer | Peace Corps | Burkina Faso | 2015-2017       

·        Worked at a Catholic boarding Center for 50 girls to improve their ability to financially and environmentally sustain the Center through income generating activities and agroforestry projects

·        Applied for, received and managed grants up to $2500 for a number of small projects for girls empowerment and food security

·        Instructed young women ages 12-20 on topics such as sexual health, family planning, self-empowerment, financial responsibility and independence, and healthy living habits

·        Planned and facilitated camps and conferences to train host country nationals in small income generating activities, health and hygiene, and social/gender empowerment

·        Led workshops with groups of up to 30 pregnant and nursing women on how to protect themselves, their children and their families from malaria

·        Facilitated training new volunteers 

Strategic Planning Intern | International Curators International | NYC | Summer 2013 

 ·   Assisted in planning, organizing, photographing, and digitally reimagining the invitation for the organization’s largest summer event attended by over 100 people

·       Created a detailed inventory of the organizations special artists’ editions including reorganizing and reprocessing artworks in the organization’s possession

US Department of State Intern | United States Embassy | Kinshasa, DRC | S­ummer 2012       

·      Led the management team between the Embassy, Federal Aviation Administration and the government of the DRC in executing an international four-day conference on aviation safety. Over 70 participants from 5 countries attended the conference in Kinshasa

·         Collaborated with the economic and political sections of the Embassy to coordinate projects and review and edit cables and reports

Manhattan Borough President Office Intern | Manhattan, New York | Summer 2011                       

·        Assisted in outreach and awareness efforts as well as organizing and running events such as town hall meetings, parades and award ceremonies

·                Photographed the Manhattan Borough President’s participation in the Gay Pride Parade


Multi-Media and Photography

Multi-Media Editor | Swarthmore College Daily Gazette | Swarthmore, PA | 2013-2014          

·        Photographed events on campus for publication in the paper

·        Edited and designed workflow schemas for media content to be published in the paper

·        Coordinated with other editors on multimedia projects for publication

Staff Photographer | Communications Office, Swarthmore College |Swarthmore, PA | 2011-2014                 

 ·    Photographed events on campus to be published on Swarthmore’s website homepage and other publications  

Research and Media Intern | Jaeger Granular Physics Lab | Chicago, Illinois | Summer 2009, 2010

·        Collected and analyzed data on the splash patterns of granular suspension drops

·      Wrote, filmed and produced educational videos on the lab’s research, in real time and stop motion action

Skills and Interests

Languages:                  Advanced proficiency in French, basic level in Arabic

Computer:                    Final Cut, Adobe Creative Suite 5, Microsoft Office Suite, GarageBand

Visual Arts:                Photography, digital art and video, oil paint, acrylic paint, clay, pencil, graphic markers