Haworth College of Business News

WMU M-CRN recruits employers for new internship program

The Western Michigan University Michigan Corporate Relations Network is recruiting businesses to host interns for its new Small Company Internship Award Program.

Start-up companies and small- or medium-sized Michigan businesses, of less than 500 employees, are encouraged to apply for the program now through Jan. 31.  Preference will be given to companies that focus on innovative work in the science, technology, engineering and math fields; however, students may come from any academic program.

“The internship program will expose students to different innovative and dynamic companies within Michigan,” says Dr. Kay Palan, dean of the Haworth College of Business at WMU.  “Employers will have the opportunity to see the wealth of resources available from WMU students.

The internship program is a result of the newly created M-CRN statewide university network, announced last November, designed to create partnerships to connect state industry to critical university talent in ways that will help the Michigan economy grow and prosper. Six public universities in Michigan make up the network including Michigan State University, Michigan Technological University, Wayne State University and the University of Michigan’s campuses in Ann Arbor and Dearborn, in addition to WMU.

As part of the program, each of the six partner schools receives $25,000 to help students work as interns on projects that are both beneficial to the company and academically relevant to the students. WMU’s M-CRN office will select 10-12 companies to participate in the program. Employers will receive a 50 percent match from M-CRN to assist with program costs. Employers may participate with up to two of the network schools and have up to two interns from different schools across the network.

At WMU, the M-CRN office is housed in the Haworth College of Business and works collaboratively on behalf of all university resources with departments and organizations such as the Small Business and Technology Development Center, also housed in the business college.

Employers can learn more about the Small Company Internship Award Program by contacting Linda Ickes, director of the Career Center at the Haworth College of Business, at linda.ickes@wmich.edu or 269.387.2759.