Frequent Questions

Who is eligible?
The program is open to all in-coming juniors, seniors or graduate students that will be full-time students during the 2014-2015 school year and attending 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 Michigan State University and the University of Michigan must have attended high school in the Greater Kalamazoo area. All eligible candidates must be full-time students in good standing with their schools.

If I’m attending Michigan State University or the University of Michigan, which one of the Greater Kalamazoo area high schools must I have attended?

If I was chosen as a Monroe-Brown Intern in 2013, will I be able to participate in 2014?
Yes, students are allowed to participate in the program again if they meet the above eligibility requirements and are selected by one of the participating companies in the selection process of that program year.

How are the interns selected?
Each participating company chooses their interns using their own hiring methods and criteria. Interested students should contact the companies directly and ask them how to apply for a Monroe-Brown Internship.

How much money is awarded in the Monroe-Brown Internship Program?
Students receive at least minimum wage from the company for working 400 hours during the summer. Upon completion of the internship, they are then given a $1,000 bonus - $500 from the Monroe-Brown Foundation and $500 from the company - and two payments of $2,500 - one payment at the end of each of the first two semesters following the internship. The payments will be made directly to the school in the student's name. Altogether, interns selected to participate in the program will receive $6,000 plus the hourly wage paid by the employer, totaling at least $8,000.

**Students MUST complete both semesters following the internship to get the full amount of scholarship.  If only one semester is completed following the internship, only half of the scholarship dollars will be awarded.

Why is the scholarship money paid directly to the school and not to the intern?
Upon successful completion of the internship, the employer pays the student a $500 bonus. The Monroe-Brown Foundation then provides a $500 scholarship that must be paid directly to the school in the student's name. Then, two $2,500 payments will also be made to the school in the student's name at the completion of the student's first and second semesters following the internship. This money is paid directly to the school so that it can be classified as nontaxable income for the student. Additionally, because the Monroe-Brown Foundation is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization, it cannot provide any funding directly to the student.

What if my education is already paid for? Will I still receive the $6,000 scholarship?
Yes, each payment of the scholarship from the Monroe-Brown Foundation must go through the school, regardless of whether the student owes money on his or her tuition or if the account is paid in full. Scholarship money will be applied to any outstanding balances or fees in the student's account. In the case that there is no remaining balance to be paid on a student's account, the school should issue a check for the surplus directly to the student.

In addition to the money awarded with this program, what benefits do students receive?
Students chosen to participate in the Monroe-Brown Internship Program will build valuable relationships in Southwest Michigan’s business community, not only at their workplaces, but also at program events and activities available exclusively to this group of students. Most importantly, Monroe-Brown internships incorporate hands-on learning of the skills and experience necessary for success in the student's chosen career/industry.

When is the deadline for submitting applications?
The deadline is March 14, 2014.

What employers are participating in the Monroe-Brown Internship Program?
View available internships here.