Applications now being accepted for Career Ready Internship program

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Applications are now being accepted for the Career Ready Internship program.

Approximately 335 new paid internships created during the 2015-2018 academic years will be funded through a three-year $444,429 grant recently awarded to Metropolitan State University from Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation. Internships will be targeted to undergraduate students studying to enter the science, technology, math, chemistry fields, those in the College of Management, and in areas of social entrepreneurship.


“I earned great real world experience that was imperative for completing my degree.”

– Leah Spielman, 2015 graduate


Metropolitan State collaborates with businesses and nonprofit organizations to provide the greatest number of current and future students with an educational opportunity they might not otherwise have. The program is administered through the university’s Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship.

Eligible juniors and seniors will be placed in paid internships beginning in January 2016. Apply by contacting Metropolitan State’s Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship. More information can be found on the website.

“This grant expands the possibilities and potential for our students,” says Metropolitan State’s Interim President Devinder Malhotra. “These internships add the vital experiential component to the academic programs pursued by our students, an imperative to engage and work effectively in the 21st Century knowledge-based economy.”

The Great Lakes grant period continues through May 2018. Metropolitan State University is one of 33 colleges and universities in Minnesota, Iowa, Ohio and Wisconsin that received a combined $12 million in Great Lakes grants to make internships more equitable for their students with financial need. This is the second time Metropolitan State has received a grant from Great Lakes for developing paid internships for its students. Last year, 117 paid internships were created with the grant.

“Receiving the Great Lakes Grant made it easier for me to take time away from my work so I could complete an internship. By completing the internship, I earned great real world experience that was imperative for completing my degree,” says Leah Spielman, a fall 2015 graduate from the Individualized Studies program.

Denny Yang, a fall 2015 graduate in communications completed an internship, says “Thanks to the grant program, I will be graduating with more confidence as I head out to the professional world with the knowledge and experience that I have gained. Being a past recipient of the grant, I am delighted that the grant will continue to financially help students because without it, I would not be in the position that I am in.”

Paid internships benefit students, colleges and employers,” said Richard D. George, Great Lakes president and chief executive officer. “Students gain meaningful workplace skills and are more likely to earn degrees and use their internship experiences to help secure good jobs upon graduation. Colleges will see increased completion and job placement rates, and employers gain a pipeline to fresh talent. It’s a win-win-win.”

Strong preference for the grant is given to institutions that are most proactive in coordinating with the business and nonprofit community to create new paid internships.

Metropolitan State University, a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, is America’s premier university for lifelong learning, providing unsurpassed, competitive academic and professional degree programs at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels while maintaining affordability.