Lilly Endowment fortifies Manchester
College student internships
with Indiana employers
A $375,000 grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. is clearing the path for more Manchester College students to test drive career opportunities in Indiana.
Students will gain “real world” experience in marketing, banking, accounting, law, recycling, gerontology, public relations and many other fields.
Participating Hoosier employers will get an advance look at potential employees – and the high quality of Manchester College students. Research shows that internships help students chart their career paths and lead to greater opportunities and higher wages after graduation, said Liz Bushnell, director of career services at the 1,145-student College.
The Hoosier bottom line: Indiana retains more degree-holding young people for its industries, businesses, organizations and graduate study programs, helping stem the “brain drain” to jobs and opportunities in competing states.
“Through program evaluations and national research, we have learned that social and community connections, in addition to professional opportunities, play a significant role in migration decisions,” Bushnell said. Job opportunities and networking connections influence students to live and work in Indiana after graduation, stimulating the local economy.
During the past five years, 43 Indiana employers have enabled 61 Manchester College interns to learn more about Hoosier careers. “I was extremely impressed by both the intern program and the intern’s knowledge,” said Cathy Garrison, litigation specialist for Biomet Inc. in Warsaw. “I look forward to working with Manchester College again.”
This unique grant initiative gives employers the chance to engage students intern in meaningful projects that will benefit both. Manchester student interns have developed marketing plans, evaluated and recorded environmental information, implemented new business software and created new customer identification systems, Bushnell noted.
Lilly Endowment first funded the internship initiative in 2004, and extended its support last year. Manchester College will use this generous five-year grant to support a full-time internship coordinator, provide intern wage subsidies to enhance student and employer success in the program, to develop new Indiana internships, and to seed further donor and employer support of the initiative.
Community development and education are key program interests of Lilly Endowment Inc., an Indianapolis-based private philanthropic foundation dedicated to helping Hoosiers build a better life. For more about the Endowment, visit www.lillyendowment.org
For more about the Initiative to Promote Opportunities through Educational Collaborations, visit the Manchester College website, www.manchester.edu
Dec. 2 , 2008