Apart from learning more about SSgA and economics over the last week, one of the highlights was volunteering on Thompson Island on Wednesday, about a half-hour boat ride from Boston Harbor. This was due to a partnership between State Street and Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center – the Corporate Volunteer Program. This allows for preservation of the 204 acre island as the “premier destination for outdoor youth education”. All interns are encouraged to participate and about 50 took part last Wednesday. It is mostly labor intensive work ranging from painting to weeding. Luckily the rain held off for most of the day and it was a good opportunity to meet interns from other schools outside work. Thompson Island used to have a Farm School and most of the buildings dating back to the 19th century are still intact. I understand that is open to visitors at weekends over the summer so if you get a chance to go, it is a nice trip.