Great Lakes-funded Career Ready Internship Program

Internships provide an important experience for college students that cannot be replicated in the classroom. They offer you the chance to see what it's really like to work in your field of interest and add valuable experience to your resume. Having an internship during college can also make you more competitive in the job market when you graduate. Beyond that, an internship can help you figure out what kind of work environment is the best fit for you and build confidence in your post-graduate career plans.

However, many of these positions are unpaid, making them difficult for financially strained students to consider pursuing. Managing a full-time course load, an internship, and a second job is simply too stressful. Too often students are forced to forego an internship altogether.

Thanks to a grant from the Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates, eligible Arts and Sciences students no longer have to pass up internship experience in order to make the rent payment. The grant, which was awarded to the College of Arts and Sciences for the 2015-2018 school years, enables the college to provide compensation ($13.00 per hour, 160 hours max. per semester) and academic credit to eligible students participating in off-campus, unpaid internships.

Check out the links below for more information about the program and contact us today to see if you are eligible.

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STORIES FROM OUR CAREER READY INTERNS

Kalyn Gackowski

Kalyn Gackowski
Genetic Counsling Intern at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Summer 2016

"People have always told me that you will always take something with you in every position you have. I can say that after doing my internship, this statement is very true. Over the summer of 2016, I was a genetic counseling intern at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Overall, it was a great experience. Going into the internship, I had a few ideas of what I was going to get out of this experience. I thought I would expand my knowledge about genetic disorders and get a feel for the field to see if it was a good fit for me. I did get that out of my experience, but I also gained insightful advice about how to make a graduate application stand out, and most importantly I realized the skills I needed to develop now and things I could be doing now to prepare myself not only for a career in genetic counseling but for the professional world. These skills included working on effective communication in the workforce (writing effective emails, networking, and phone calls) as well as building up some leadership skills so I can work effectively on teams.  

I will be honest, a few months after my internship, I found out that genetic counseling wasn’t the right path for me. It wasn’t for a while that I could admit that to myself because it was a good experience and I researched the field for three years. It’s a hard choice, but a brave choice to trust your instinct and look at other options. I think that is a valuable component of internships; you can test drive a field and learn about what you want with less risk. I could have continued and entered into a master’s program and then realized at that time that this isn’t the career for me.

I still have taken a lot from my internship even if it caused me to look into different career options. After reflecting on my experience, I had the chance to realize what I did and didn’t want in a career. It’s not an easy task to self-reflect and know exactly what you want, but that is what exploration is for. I tried something and learned that what I thought I wanted, truly wasn’t me.  I will be graduating this year, and the biggest piece of advice I can provide to anyone on a career journey would be: Careers are fluid. As you grow and develop, your interests will change and that is ok. Because of my internship, I am on a new path, and I am much happier. I am excited to interview, explore, and find a career where I can make a difference."