KALAMAZOO - Southwest Michigan college students: Looking for a job this summer that's more than just scooping ice cream?
The Monroe-Brown Internship Program has announced 43 paid internships at 33 area companies for summer 2012 — up from 34 in 2011.
The internships offer currently enrolled area college students a chance at real-world experience in a variety of fields, including engineering, health sciences, information technology, environmental management, construction management and geographic information software.
In addition to an hourly wage, upon successfully completing a 400-hour internship, the student would receive a $500 bonus from the company and $5,500 in scholarship funding from the Monroe-Brown Foundation, which is paid directly to the college or university.
The program, which started in 2006, is a collaboration between Southwest Michigan First and the Monroe-Brown Foundation. It is open to incoming juniors, seniors and graduate students at Kalamazoo College, Western Michigan University, Davenport University (Kalamazoo campus only), Michigan State University, University of Michigan and second-year students at Kalamazoo Valley Community College. Students attending M.S.U. and U. of M. must have attended high school in the greater Kalamazoo area.
"It is the responsibility of every company in the region to aggressively market the positive aspects of living and working in Southwest Michigan in the most obvious place – here at home. In order to be competitive in the next decade and beyond, our region must open the eyes our bright, young students to what opportunities are staring them in the face," said Ron Kitchens, chief executive officer of Southwest Michigan First, in a press release.
Companies offering Monroe-Brown internships in 2012 include Borgess Health, Bronson Healthcare Group, CSM Group, Envirologic Technologies, Miller-Davis Co., Southwest Michigan Innovation Center and Southwest Michigan First.
"The mission of the Monroe-Brown Foundation is to support higher education in the State of Michigan and advance economic development in Southwest Michigan. We thank our 2012 partner companies for offering their generous employment opportunities across a broad range of academic disciplines," said Robert M. Brown, president of the Monroe-Brown Foundation, in a press release.
A complete list of available internships can be found and applied for on the Southwest Michigan First website.
By Yvonne Zipp. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or 269-388-2737.