Grant helps with internshipsThe University of Wisconsin-Superior recently received a Career Ready Internship Initiative grant in the amount of $150,000 from Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corp.
The University of Wisconsin-Superior recently received a Career Ready Internship Initiative grant in the amount of $150,000 from Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corp.
This grant will benefit students by offering opportunities to gain invaluable, real-world experience through paid internships in their fields of study.
UWS will use the grant to create new paid internships and turn previously unpaid internships into paid internships, for juniors and seniors who don’t receive enough financial aid to cover college expenses.
“With the Career Ready Internship Initiative grant, we are thrilled to announce the Jacket Internship Financial Assistance Program,” said Kathryn Pykkonen, career services director at UWS. This financial aid will benefit our students and agencies throughout our community. We are thrilled to work with Great Lakes to award this grant.”
The UWS Jacket Internship Financial Assistance program is new on campus and the social work program is the first group of students to benefit. Those students are the early adopters of this grant, turning their current unpaid internships into paid ones. The goal of this grant is to support financially needy students through paid internships that advance their learning and career goals. Through this program, students will be paid for their contributions to state agencies and nonprofits.
The program hopes to cultivate new paid internship opportunities with organizations, business, and government or public agencies. Also a focus will be to support and develop of on-campus internship programs.
This opportunity was the result of hard work by several people on campus and led by Kathy Pykkonen, director of career services, Lynn Amerman Goerdt, assistant professor social work and social work field coordinator and Donna Dahlvang, director of financial aid.