Grant funds paid internships for UW-Stevens Point natural resources students
10/10/2013

A $150,000 Career Ready Internship Initiative grant will help students at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point College of Natural Resources gain real-world experience in their fields of study.

The grant, from the Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation, will fund internships so natural resources students are paid while gaining valuable career-ready experience. At least 25 new paid internships will be created for juniors and seniors who don’t receive enough financial aid to cover college costs. 

“All too often students with financial need choose higher paying summer positions outside their field of study, putting them at a competitive disadvantage when applying for permanent jobs,” said Paul Doruska, associate dean for academic affairs in the College of Natural Resources. “This grant will provide a great opportunity for more of our students to develop skills in their chosen field, earn money to make ends meet and be more competitive in the job market after graduation.” 

UW-Stevens Point will collaborate with businesses and nonprofit organizations in Wisconsin and the Midwest to create these new paid internships. “We are also excited for the opportunity to establish new partnerships with businesses and agencies within the region,” Doruska said. 

A formal application process will be in place for students by late November. 

UW-Stevens Point is one of 19 Wisconsin colleges and universities to receive some of the more than $2.5 million in Career Ready Internship Initiative grant funds awarded by Great Lakes Corp. The grant will allow an estimated 1,300 Wisconsin students to take on unpaid internships.

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