Wean Foundation awards $55,000 for internship program

The Center for Nonprofit Leadership at Youngstown State University’s Williamson College of Business Administration has been awarded a $55,000 grant from the Raymond John Wean Foundation to implement the college’s second Summer Honors Internship Program this summer.

All regional nonprofit and public sector organizations interested in receiving a full-time co-funded intern for the summer 2013 are encouraged to apply. Applications are available at the Williamson College of Business Administration website. Applications are due Friday, Feb. 15. The award of a funded intern will be limited to nonprofit organizations in Mahoning, Trumbull, and Columbiana. Only organizations that qualify as a nonprofit organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service code and/or public sector organizations will be eligible to participate.

The program is a full-time (40 hours a week), 12-week internship program designed to provide 12 qualified students with career-related work experience in a nonprofit or public sector organization. The internship program will run May 20 to Aug. 9. Students will earn $10 an hour for a total of $4,800. The funding will support $3,800 or 80 percent of the student’s internship stipend.The remaining $1,000 will be paid by the employer/organization. On a weekly rotation, each organization will host a site visit, tour, and professional development seminar for all students participating in the program.

This internship experience will enable students the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills developed in their chosen major to the organization, learn about and begin to develop the professional competencies required to be successful in nonprofit and public sector organizations, and learn about professional opportunities available with nonprofit and public sector organizations in the Mahoning Valley.

The benefits to the employer include utilizing the intern’s knowledge and skills to complete work that is of value to the organization, and the ability to attract and retain talent in the Mahoning Valley by developing future professionals.

Students can begin to apply in mid-February. Only YSU students with a minimum of a 3.0 grade average and a declared major are eligible to apply. Participating students must be either seniors or graduate students by summer. Students who participate in the Summer Honors Internship Program are eligible to earn four hours of academic credit.

This project continues to engage YSU business majors and nonprofit leadership students in professional development opportunities with the nonprofit community and fulfills the mission of the WCBA, which is to prepare undergraduate and graduate students for productive and fulfilling careers as leaders in business, government, nonprofit organizations, and society.  The Center for Nonprofit Leadership offers a certificate and a minor in Nonprofit Management and Leadership, which can be combined with any major on campus.

Funding for this initiative is made available through the Raymond John Wean Foundation in Warren. All organizations selected to participate in this internship program must have a mission and/or programs that fall under one of the five Raymond John Wean Foundation Issue Priorities, which are: Early Childhood (0-5), Educational Opportunity, Economic Opportunity, Community Revitalization, and Public and Civic Sector Leadership. It is anticipated that up to half of the internship placements will be at public agencies, in line with the foundation’s work in public-sector and civic-sector leadership. The Raymond John Wean Foundation’s vision is empowered residents creating a healthy, vibrant and economically stable Mahoning Valley with equal opportunity for all.

For more information, contact Laura McCaskey at 330-941-1870 or LJMcCaskey@ysu.edu.