Augsburg College is one of 10 Minnesota colleges to receive a grant award from Great Lakes, Augsburg will use newly available funds to convert previously unpaid internships into paid placements that support learning on and off campus. Several Augsburg students are already taking part in this program. One student is interning on-campus with the marketing and communications department.
The Great Lakes Career Ready Internship Grant was created in recognition that internships are both an important workforce recruiting strategy and a key way for students to gain practical, academically-connected career knowledge. Understanding that students who demonstrate financial need are often unable to pursue internships for financial reasons, the purpose of the Career Ready Internship Program is to create funded internship opportunities for these students and enable them to succeed in these opportunities. This program will support 30-35 student internships during the 2014-2015 academic year.
The grant award garnered media coverage in the Star Tribune article, “Giving beat: Great Lakes Higher Ed gives $5.2 million for internship grants,” and the Inside Philanthropy story, “Graduating Is Not Enough: How This Funder Is Backing Student Career Readiness.”