In recognition of gifts from Joseph F. '71 and Rosanne E. Hoffman, Willamette University offers grant funding to assist students in accessing professional internships.
Funding may be awarded to any full time junior or rising senior enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences who is working as an intern at a professional, for-profit business organization. These awards are designed to enhance the recipient's practical experience, work exposure and career opportunities. Students may seek funding for:
- Travel expenses (airfare, gas/mileage reimbursement, train tickets)
- Housing and/or food
- Lost wages
Joe Hoffman earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics and Economics from Willamette University in 1971 and a Master of Business Administration degree from Stanford University in 1973. After graduating from Stanford, Joe became a certified public accountant and enjoyed a
Rosanne Hoffman graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business. After graduation, Rosanne began a successful career as a certified public accountant, first serving as an auditor with a large international public accounting firm for many years, and then transitioning to private industry as a chief financial officer. After taking some time away from her business career to focus on their two children, Genevieve and Joseph Makenzie (Mac), Rosanne embarked on a second career as a real estate professional, using her love of interior design and architecture as well as her business background to support her clients in achieving their real estate goals. Rosanne is passionate about giving back to the community, serving the local school district, humane society, hospital, and other non-profit organizations in various capacities. The Hoffman family has initiated this special internship fund to ensure that students receive valuable pre-professional business skills to complement the rich educational experiences in the Willamette liberal arts curriculum.