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Bradley Hilltopics

Spring 2010 • Volume 16, Issue 2  

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Become a fan of Bradley Hilltopics | Placement rate in ’09 | Engineering innovation recognized | Help for Haiti | Women’s basketball will make first postseason appearance in program history | Aerial view of Alumni Center | Knowledge in print | Women’s Studies hosts ’70s activist | Deon’s heave | High-tech engineering lab | SAME Cafe wins 10k from NBC feature | Enriching the campus experience | Speed painting: an Olympic performance | Bradley board game is a winner | Grant funds internships | Old Vonachen’s Junction menu

 

Grant funds internships

Since 2001, Lakeview Museum has hired as many as three interns each year, and they’ve paid only half their wages.

The other half of the wages is funded by the Illinois Cooperative Work Study Grant. The museum is among 30 local businesses, industries, and community service organizations that employ Illinois students through Bradley’s Marjorie and Bill Springer Center for Excellence in Internships at the Smith Career Center.

The Career Center received the grant for the 18th consecutive year. The current grant is for $89,300, and though the amount has varied from year to year, Bradley has once again received the highest grant of all Illinois schools. This year, 52 Illinois colleges received grants.

Sharon St. Germain, director of the Springer Center for Excellence in Internships, explains the grant is one way the career center works with local employers to increase internship opportunities. “This has been an incentive to get employers started with us and realize how much interns can do for them. And, in an economy like this, it really helps to offset college expenses.”

Dawn Koeltzow, assistant director of the Springer Center, explains that students apply for internships rather than the work-study grant. If a student from Illinois receives an internship from an eligible employer, half the wages are paid by the work-study grant.

Sheldon Schaefer, vice president of education and director of the Lakeview planetarium, says Bradley interns “have become more and more important to us.”

RENEE STENGER ’11 works in the museum’s education department. She gives gallery talks, leads school groups, works in the planetarium, and has other duties. Thanks to her internship experience, she has decided to do an individualized major that will prepare her for a career in museum work.

 

Become a fan of Bradley Hilltopics | Placement rate in ’09 | Engineering innovation recognized | Help for Haiti | Women’s basketball will make first postseason appearance in program history | Aerial view of Alumni Center | Knowledge in print | Women’s Studies hosts ’70s activist | Deon’s heave | High-tech engineering lab | SAME Cafe wins 10k from NBC feature | Enriching the campus experience | Speed painting: an Olympic performance | Bradley board game is a winner | Grant funds internships | Old Vonachen’s Junction menu