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Dozens of local internships up for grabs

Jan. 27, 2010

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University students have a chance to earn several thousand dollars by participating in the 2010 Monroe-Brown Foundation Internship Program.

The program provides career experience for a select group of full-time college students, as well as funding support for their studies. This year, some 30 positions are available at 18 Kalamazoo-area companies.

The deadline to apply is March 15.

The Monroe-Brown Foundation launched the internship program in 2007 in partnership with Southwest Michigan First and several area companies as a way of helping to keep the region's most talented students in Kalamazoo after graduation.

Internships are offered by local companies to currently enrolled college students, and are paid for and supported by the southwest Michigan business community. This year's positions encompass such areas as engineering, business, marketing, information technology, management, sales and graphic design.

To be eligible for an internship, applicants must be incoming juniors, seniors or graduate students at WMU, Kalamazoo College, Michigan State University, or the University of Michigan. Second-year students at Kalamazoo Valley Community College also are eligible. Students attending MSU and UM must have attended high school in the greater Kalamazoo area.

Once hired, interns work for a minimum of 400 hours between May and September. This is typically full time for 10 weeks, but can be customized to suit the needs of individual companies and interns. Throughout the internship, students receive hourly wages, valuable networking opportunities and applied career experience.

Upon successful completion of the internship, as decided by the employing company and the Monroe-Brown Foundation, interns also may receive a scholarship from the Monroe-Brown Foundation worth up to $5,500. For tax purposes, all payments from the foundation are made directly to the school and applied to the students' accounts.

Participating employers

  • Access Medical LLC
  • AVB Companies
  • Borgess Health
  • Bronson Healthcare Group
  • Consumers Credit Union
  • CSM Group
  • Harold Zeigler Auto Group
  • Jasper Clinic
  • Knight Watch
  • Landscape Forms
  • Skanska USA Building
  • Stryker Instruments
  • Stryker Medical
  • Southwest Michigan First
  • Treystar Holdings Inc.
  • Wolverine Pipe Line Company
  • W. Soule & Co.

For more information or to apply for an internship, visit southwestmichiganfirst.com. WMU students may direct their questions to Lynn Kelly-Albertson, the University's executive director of Career and Student Employment Services, at lynn.kelly-albertson@wmich.edu or (269) 387-2745.

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Media contact: Jeanne Baron, (269) 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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