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University awarded grant to underwrite student internships

A Career Ready Internship Grant will underwrite St. Kate's student internships.
A Career Ready Internship Grant will underwrite St. Kate's student internships.
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St. Catherine University has been awarded a $148,826 Career Ready Internship grant from Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Internships provide college students with valuable workplace skills and networking opportunities that often lead to job offers after graduation. But not all internships are paid, and many students can’t afford to work for free. The Great Lakes grant fills that gap.

As a Great Lakes grant recipient, St. Kate’s is building lasting partnerships with Twin Cities area nonprofits to develop 60 new paid internships for students who receive financial aid.

“Our Career Ready Internship grants provide college students real-world experience in their fields of study, and a better chance at competing for jobs after graduation,” said Richard D. George, Great Lakes’ president and chief executive officer. “This program has the added benefit of developing relationships of lasting value between colleges and employers. We look forward to seeing the impact St. Catherine University can have on helping more students graduate ready for success in the workforce.”

 “The Career Ready Internship program embodies St. Catherine University’s mission to educate students to lead and influence, and to develop ethical, reflective and socially responsible leaders,” said Martha Malinski, Director of Center for Community Work and Learning at St. Catherine University. “This grant allows students who have financial need to serve their communities, develop career skills, contribute to a nonprofit and benefit from a paycheck to help finance their undergraduate degree. Non-profits benefit from students who are eager to apply their academic knowledge and skills in a professional setting.”

Internship sites and positions

Alley Shoppe, Program Intern

Catholic Charities, Coordinated Assessment Project Development Intern

CLUES, Program Development Intern

Cycles for Change, Volunteer Recruiter and Manager

Dress For Success, Business Development Intern

League of Women Voters St Paul, Voter Service and Membership Intern

Lifeworks, Fundraising and Event Intern

Mano a Mano, Office Intern

Mary's Pence, Development and Communications Intern

Minneapolis Public Schools Nutrition Services, Farm to School Education Intern

Minnesota Children's Museum, Museum Educator Intern

Mixed Blood, Accessibility Intern

Open Arms, Open Arms Nutrition Programs and Operations Intern

Our Saviours Housing, Resident Health Program Intern

Project for Pride in Living, Self-Sufficiency Program Intern

The Family Place, Student Intern

YMCA Emma B Howe, Healthy Living Intern

YouthLink, Communications Intern

About Career Ready Grants

Great Lakes Career Ready Internship grants, totaling $5.2 million, were awarded to 40 colleges and universities across Iowa, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin for the 2014-2015 academic year. These new grants expand on a successful pilot at 19 Wisconsin colleges during 2013-2014, in which 98 percent of interns either re-enrolled the next semester or graduated. This year, more than 2,000 students will receive financial aid who might not otherwise consider – and profit from – an internship will gain professional experience and progress toward graduation. This grant is just one way Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates works to achieve its goal of helping more students benefit from their investment in higher education, and graduate ready to reach their full potential.

Sep. 8, 2014 by Julie Michener

See also: Education, Social Justice, Students