Hiram College recently received a $150,000 Career Ready Internship grant from Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation for the 2014-2015 academic year.
Internships provide college students with valuable workplace skills and networking opportunities that often lead to job offers after graduation. But not all internships are paid, and many students can’t afford to work for free.
As a Great Lakes grant recipient, Hiram College is building lasting partnerships with local businesses and nonprofits to develop new paid internships for students who receive financial aid. Partner sites include, but are not limited to the following:
- American Red Cross
- Barberton Community Development Corporation
- Barberton Community Foundation
- James A. Garfield National Historic Site
- Metis Construction
- Office of the Mayor of Barberton
- Portage County Regional Planning Commission
- StartUp Ravenna
- United Way of Portage County
Approximately 36 juniors and seniors will benefit from the program, providing students with paid internships for academic credit and ultimately, a competitive edge upon graduation.
“With the Career Ready Internship grant, students won’t have to choose between earning a paycheck in an unrelated field or gaining valuable career experience at an unpaid internship,” said Heather Balas, director of career and academic development at Hiram College.
Eligible students must complete a traditional application and interview process before being offered an internship.
“Our Career Ready Internship grants provide college students real-world experience in their fields of study, and a better chance at competing for jobs after graduation,” said Richard D. George, Great Lakes’ president and chief executive officer. “This program has the added benefit of developing relationships of lasting value between colleges and employers. We look forward to seeing the impact Hiram College can have on helping more students graduate ready for success in the workforce.”
Great Lakes Career Ready Internship grants, totaling $5.2 million, were awarded to 40 colleges and universities across Iowa, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin for the 2014-2015 academic year. These new grants expand on a successful pilot at 19 Wisconsin colleges during 2013-2014, in which 98 percent of interns either re-enrolled the next semester or graduated. This year, a total of 2,235 students receiving financial aid who might not otherwise consider – and profit from – an internship will gain professional experience and progress toward graduation. This grant is just one way Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates works to achieve its goal of helping more students benefit from their investment in higher education, and graduate ready to reach their full potential.