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More paid internships offered to students

March 7, 2014

UW-River Falls recently received a Career Ready Internship Initiative grant in the amount of $28,200 from Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation. UW-River Falls will use the grant to create new paid internships and turn previously unpaid internships into paid internships for juniors and seniors who do not receive enough financial aid to cover college costs.

“The Great Lakes Grant is an exciting program for it opens up internship opportunities for our students within a wider variety of organizations including community-based, nonprofits and micro-enterprises,” said David Bonko, assistant professor of marketing communications at UWRF. “Though they possess the need, these smaller organizations many times do not have the resources needed to hire an intern.”

UWRF is one of 19 Wisconsin colleges and universities to receive grant funds from Career Ready Internship Initiative that amount to more than $2.5 million awarded by Great Lakes. Schools will collaborate with businesses and nonprofit organizations across the state to create the new paid internships.

“Through the Great Lakes Career Ready Internship Initiative grant, we’re able to create a win-win situation that benefits both our students as well as their employer,” Bonko said.

For more information, contact Bonko at 715-425-3899 or email