Grant Provides Student Internships
Trinity has received $14,000 from the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) in the form of a grant through the Illinois Cooperative Work Study (ICWS) program. This program provides internship opportunities with non-profit and corporate employers for 12-14 full-time Trinity students who are Illinois residents.
Employers working with Trinity in this program include Lake Katherine, Elim Christian Services, Advocate Christ Medical Center, Camp Manitoqua, Homewood Disposal, and others. These internships give students the opportunity to enhance their job skills in their area of study and offset their need for additional loans.
Many of the participating employers would not otherwise have internships available if not for the ICWS funding. Employers pay a percentage of the students’ wages with Trinity covering the remaining percentage with ICWS grant money. The number of positions available varies depending on employers’ budgets and the number of students that qualify for the program.
Dilaun White ’09 of Yorkville, Illinois, participated in the ICWS program during the fall 2008 semester, interning at Advocate Christ Medical Center and Advocate Hope Children’s Hospital. As a public relations intern, White gained hands-on experience writing articles for internal and external publications.
“Since I want to go into public relations with my business communications degree, working at Christ was the perfect opportunity,” said White. “It challenged me and improved my written and verbal communication skills. Through this grant program, I was able to advance my education and better understand my communication classes because of what I was learning in the field.”
Dan Schutt ’10 of Oak Lawn, Illinois, worked with Homewood Disposal during the summer of 2008.
“This opportunity taught me life lessons that I will be able to apply to any job,” Schutt said. “I learned that working hard isn't easy, but at the end of the day you feel a sense of accomplishment knowing you did your best. I would recommend this program to others. Although the job you get may not be something you choose as a career, it is a good building block and provides work experience.”
This most recent ICWS award is marked for the next funding year (April 2009-June 2010) and is an exceptional award amount in the midst of the economic crisis and drastic cuts in state funding, according to Jill Feikema, grant proposal writer at Trinity. The ICWS is a great opportunity for both students and employers to strengthen partnerships between higher education and business, industry, and government.
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