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Partnership fosters career opportunities for interns


Thanks to an innovative partnership between Illinois College and the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE), 25 students are completing internships that will provide valuable on-the-job experience each can apply toward future careers.

The IBHE recently awarded a $21,830 Cooperative Work Study Grant to Illinois College, a sum that was matched by the college and the contributions of nine employers to provide 25 paid internships during 2012-13. Most of the internships are taking place this summer.

“Internships encourage students to think critically, solve problems through teamwork, conduct independent research, develop an understanding of workplace dynamics, and prepare for fulfilling lives of leadership and service,” Illinois College President Axel D. Steuer explained.

The Illinois College Explorers and their internship locations include:
  • Jessica Dunkirk (Edinburg), and Alishia Jacks (Madison), at Heritage Health in Jacksonville.
  • Melanie Goff (Plainfield), Leslie Beatty (Springfield), Khaleelah Johnson (Chicago), Samuel Porter (Brighton), Heather Sievers (Golden Eagle) and Lacey Wilson (Algonquin), all at the Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site.
  • Kathleen Love (Virden), at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library.
  • Anna Booher (Springfield), at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum.
  • Ryan Blesse (Jacksonville), Allison Brown (Lexington), Dani Hillis (Poplar Grove), Kayla Kolis (Springfield) and Carmen Kremitzki (Springfield), all at the Illinois State Museum.
  •  Lynette Bauer (Melvin), Alexis Palumbo (Collinsville), and Melissa Trone (Jacksonville), all at the Jacksonville Developmental Center.
  • Trevor Warner (Gays), at Woodland Farm/Morgan County Underground Railroad Committee.
  • Michael Elliott (Wapella), Whitney Hedden (Galesburg), Devin Vaughn (Jacksonville), and Corey Wilson (Auburn), at H.D. Smith.
  • Michael Gilbreth (Godfrey), at Nestlé USA.
  • Clay Nordsiek (Arenzville), at Rammelkamp Bradney, P.C.
“The application process for IC Explorers internships is highly competitive because students understand how important the internship can be to their future,” said Susie Drake, director of career services. “The internships provide a network of local contacts within the students’ chosen field that can enhance employment options after graduation. Some IC Explorers enter full-time employment with their internship sponsors as soon as they graduate.”

In addition to being paid for their internships, IC Explorers can qualify for free summer living accommodations and they receive free academic credits toward graduation.
About Illinois College

Founded in 1829, Illinois College is a residential liberal arts college fostering academic excellence rooted in opportunities for experiential learning while preparing students for lifelong success. The college is located in Jacksonville, Ill. With an enrollment of about 1,000 students, the college offers over 50 undergraduate programs and a Master of Arts in Education degree program. In 1932 the society of Phi Beta Kappa established a chapter at Illinois College, and it remains one of only 11 in the state.

Illinois College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

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