Grant provides funding for Willamette student internships

A grant from the James S. Kemper Foundation will allow Willamette students to receive compensation for unpaid faculty-supervised internships this summer in corporate, non-profit and government settings.

The $25,000 grant will help six students who would otherwise be unable to afford to take a non-paying summer internship. Students will be able to find their own internships for summer 2010 and apply to have them funded through the grant.

These internships help students learn the ways in which a liberal arts education leads to a career path; gain a realistic understanding of the challenges facing businesses, non-profit organizations and management in a variety of job settings; discover networking possibilities in their field of interest; and combine their personal interests, future professional goals and real world accomplishments through a summer experience.

"Internships help students equip themselves for graduate and professional school as well as for jobs, and we are delighted to be able to offer these opportunities to students who might not otherwise be able to gain these experiences," said Monique Bourque, director of Student Academic Grants and Awards.

Willamette also nominates first-year students annually for the national Kemper Scholar Program, which provides annual scholarships plus money for summer internships. In the last five years, nine Willamette students have won the award.

For more information about these grants, including how to apply, contact Bourque at or 503-370-6607.