Our SHE-CAN Scholar:

Sokuntheary “Theary” Heang

SHE-CAN Scholar: Sokuntheary “Theary” Heang

Seeking a Business, Finance, and Consulting or International Development and Policy Internship

For a copy of Theary’s resume, please email Erika Wah in Community Building (ewah@shecan.global).

Theary Heang is a Senior at Gettysburg College with a double concentration in Mathematical Economics and International & Global Studies. She works on campus as a Peer Learning Associate for Statistics. Theary has also held two Digital Scholarship fellowships, assisting students with their projects and digitizing manuscripts in the campus library. Throughout sophomore and junior year, she was the Program Coordinator for Immersion Projects at the Center for Public Service (CPS) on campus, and she led an immersion project on the Alabama Civil Rights Movement last fall. Theary studied abroad at the Institute for American University in Aix-en-Provence last year.

Last summer, Theary worked for insurance broker Lockton on an internship. She performed data and financial analysis for her team, as well as client-facing tasks preparing benefit benchmarking reports, legislative updates, and renewal reports. In the summer of 2021, Theary conducted independent research as a Digital Scholarship Summer Fellow and developed a website on the early resettlement experience of Cambodian refugees in the United States between1975 and 1990. 

Theary’s curiosity about information was primed at a young age thanks in part to her educator father. Theary worked diligently and maintained either first or second place in her high school class. She studied Media and Communication at the Royal University of Phnom Penh, before enrolling at Gettysburg College. 

Theary is interested in enhancing the educational system in Cambodia; she understands that the economic and political climate also have a significant part in the country’s progress. While the world is developing, many schools in Cambodia continue to use outdated methods of education, which restricts students’ awareness of the modern world and denies them greater possibilities. 

She aims to apply her understanding of practical economic development, cooperative communication, social challenges, and rising global educational trends to the betterment of Cambodia. Theary’s legacy will be the transformation of the Cambodian educational system that will enable Cambodia’s next generation to realize their full potential.

Highlights From Theary’s Work Experience:

Lockton Associate Intern, Global Benefit Team at Lockton Companies

Peer Learning Associate, Elementary Business Statistic class, Economic Department, Gettysburg College

“Davis Project for Peace” and “SHE-CAN Make a Change” grantee; Project Leader, Computer Literacy Summer Project, Battambang Province, Cambodia

Program Coordinator, Immersion Project, Center for Public Service, Gettysburg College

Digital Scholarship Fellow, Musselman Library, Gettysburg College

Dean’s List GPA: 4.0

Languages Spoken: English, Khmer, and French


Academic Major

Mathematical Economics and International & Global Studies
Class of 2024

Mentor Team

Caroline Boeckman, Board Member, The Philanthropy Connection
Karen Frank, Partner, Coblentz, Patch, Duffy & Bass
Barbara Giuffre, Attorney, Work/Environment Law Group
Michelle Lepore, Bartos Fellow for the Constructive Engagement of Conflict, UWC-USAUWC
Lisa Michael, Physics Teacher, Pacific Collegiate School
Patricia Templin
Janet Watson, President & Founder, Watson and Associates