Monroe Brown Internships for 2014 announced

If you are an incoming junior, senior, or graduate student at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo College, Davenport University's Kalamazoo campus the Monroe-Brown Internship program might be what you are looking for.

The program provides interns with $5,500 in scholarship funding for college and career experience through an internship paid for and supported by the Southwest Michigan business community. This year the program offers 41 internships at 31 different companies. See the full list of participating companies here.

The program also is open to students attending Michigan State University and University of Michigan who have attended high school in the greater Kalamazoo area.

Internships in architecture, engineering, environmental science, financial management, health sciences, human resources, information technology, interior design, merchandising, production planning, marketing, and sales are among those available.

"To continue to make our region competitive in the global marketplace, our participating companies have created these eye-opening opportunities for our local students to learn first-hand why Southwest Michigan should be at the top of their list when looking for work and a place to call home after graduation," says Ron Kitchens, chief executive officer of Southwest Michigan First.

Once the intern is hired, he or she will work for the company for at least 400 hours between May and September. This is typically full-time for ten weeks, but can be customized to suit the needs of the individual companies and interns.

A number of interns have gone on to be hired by participating companies into full-time positions upon graduation.
Throughout the internship, the student will receive hourly wages,  networking opportunities and applied career experience.

To apply, visit the Southwest Michigan First website here.

"The mission of the Monroe-Brown Foundation is to link higher education in the State of Michigan with career choices in Southwest Michigan." says Robert M. Brown, president of the Monroe-Brown Foundation. "The offerings of our 2014 partner companies across a broad range of academic disciplines do just that."

Writer: Kathy Jennings, Second Wave Media
Source: Petey Stephanak, Southwest Michigan First