Centre College awards record amount of summer internship funding

Stephenson Internship 2Long regarded as a place of access and opportunity, Centre College continues its commitment to career preparation by awarding a record-breaking amount of funding to students engaging in research and internships this summer.
Fifty-eight students have received a total of $160,000 to study in 13 states and 11 foreign countries. The opportunity for internships or research experiences, like those funded this summer, is one of the three components constituting the Centre Commitment.
Among the varied locations where students are interning this summer are the San Antonio Museum of Art, the Prague Summer Nights’ Opera Workshop, the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Ore., Sen. Mitch McConnell’s office in Washington, D.C., and U.S. Embassy offices in Panama and Croatia.
Centre has seen a dramatic increase in the number of students participating in internships for academic credit throughout the past year. This is largely due to a $500,000 grant from the James Graham Brown Foundation of Louisville, Ky., that focuses on increasing experiential education opportunities for students, such as for-credit internships and summer research programs.
The College’s Center for Career & Professional Development (CCPD) also oversees three additional programs that support summer and CentreTerm internships. The Centre Education Fellowship, the Parents Committee Internship Fund and Centre Internship Plus award students up to $5,000 to offset costs incurred during their internship or research opportunity.
“We are extremely grateful to the donors and organizations that support our experiential education programs,” says Mindy Wilson, assistant director of CCPD, who oversees the Centre’s internship program. “Many of our students wouldn’t be able to participate in these internships if it weren’t for their generous funding.”
Several students, located in New York City and Washington, D.C., are also working as interns in the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium’s internship program (SIP). The SIP allows students to learn first-hand about the multiple dimensions of poverty in the United States by working for eight weeks to strengthen impoverished communities and working alongside individuals seeking to improve their communities.
Wilson says that internship opportunities “help students tie their ‘real-world’ experience to their curriculum back on campus.”
“Internships and research experiences can be an important part of our students’ career exploration process, and can also be integral in connecting what they have learned in the classroom to their post-graduate plans and vice versa,” she concludes. “Centre College is committed to making sure that all students are able to make these connections and bring back what they have learned to the classroom.”
Learn more about the Center for Career & Professional Development.
by Hayley Hoffman
June 25, 2015

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