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New Opportunities for Student Internships Available

April 15, 2008 | by Wendy Leopold
EVANSTON, Ill. --- Because internship experiences have become essential for students seeking careers in for-profit and non-profit organizations alike, University Career Services is providing more ways to help Northwestern students find appropriate internships.

These efforts include increased support for students who seek unpaid summer internships and membership in an online internship consortium with other universities.

Northwestern recently joined seven select universities -- Georgetown, New York University, Massachussetts Institute of Technology, Rice, Penn, Stanford and Yale -- to form the Internship Network (iNet) Consortium.

Since January, the online internship consortium has provided a broad range of internship opportunities to students on all eight participating campuses, In turn, it gives potential employers online access to the kind of high-caliber students they seek and eliminates the need for them to make recruiting trips to the eight iNet campuses.

In little more than three months, approximately 1,500 employers have posted 1,000 internships on the online consortium, and more than 800 Northwestern students have registered in the hope of finding internships that match their interests. Both paid and unpaid internships are posted on iNet.

In a separate program called the Summer Internship Grant Program, University Career Services will select up to 30 students for $2,000 stipends. The financial support the stipends provide will help students seeking unpaid internships.

Career Services will accept applications for the Summer Internship Grant Program (SIGP) through April 15. This year, the SIGP is prepared to provide $2,000 stipends for 30 students -- three times as many students as last year.

The summer grant program began last year with a generous gift from two anonymous Northwestern alumni who understood that, for financial considerations, some students were missing internship opportunities that could provide significant hiring advantages in their career fields.

"Paid internships are often unavailable in fields such as community service, social services, journalism, performing arts and grassroots organizations," said Lonnie Dunlap, executive director of University Career Services. "We don't want financial constraints to eliminate an important internship experience for students."

Last summer, for example, summer stipends allowed students to intern with the Chicago bureau of CNN, do biomedical research at Northwestern, provide support for a grassroots organization working with Iraqi, Burmese and Burundian refugees, and work in schools in Guatemala and in Ghana.

For further information about iNet or about the Summer Internship Grant Program, visit http://www.northwestern.edu/careers/ or contact University Career Services at (847) 491-3707.
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