Internship grants give students experience with added perk: A paycheck

by Karen Herzog, Journal Sentinel

Internships have long paved the way for college students to gain real-world experience, but increasingly they also are a direct pipeline to jobs after graduation. So what are students to do if they can’t afford to give up a job that pays the bills to take an unpaid internship that will help them build networking and career skills? They keep the paying job and do the unpaid internship on top of it, while also juggling classes, as Marquette University senior Jasmine Hooks did during the fall semester. Or, if they are one of 179 students at Marquette who will benefit over the next three years from a $354,000 grant, they get an otherwise unpaid internship that is subsidized by private money, allowing them to take home a paycheck while picking up career skills and connections.

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