Service intern program rekindled

College students heading home this summer can now spend some time partaking in a credit-based volunteer opportunity — and earn a few bucks doing so, too.
Andy Ouriel
Jan 24, 2014
Plus, as recent history suggests, there’s a good chance anyone interning through this program can parlay the experience into a job or career immediately after finishing college.

The Erie County Community Foundation rekindled its Community Service Internship Program from a year ago.

In its second year, the 10-week paid internship program strives to accomplish two main goals: 

• Give college students, either graduates or undergraduates, an introduction or new experience in a nonprofit’s culture.

• Keep talented young people in the area.

“This is a paid internship that is 100 percent funded by local foundations,” said Randall Wagner, the foundation’s finance director.

Several area foundations chipped in funds to subsidize the program.

Three agencies — Goodwill Industries of Erie, Huron, Ottawa and Sandusky Counties; the Erie County Health Department; and the Erie County Humane Society — each participated in the program a year ago.

Each organization hosted one student, and all three agencies employed their individual intern after they finished their experience, Wagner said.

“The benefits to the host sites is they get summer help at no charge,” Wagner said. “They get a person who can get things done, like finishing projects on the back burner. For the students, they get experience in a nonprofit environment. We want to get quality young people in Erie County to work in a nonprofit environment and possibly have them stay in Erie County afterwards”

Interested in providing an internship?
 
The Erie County Community Foundation wants area agencies to participate in its 10-week paid internship program.
 
There are several qualifications an agency must meet to participate:
 
• Any host site must either be a nonprofit organization, governmental institution, school or a communitybased agency located in Erie County.
 
• The host site must develop a challenging 10-week work plan for a college student, undergraduate or graduate, residing in Erie County.
 
• All work plans must have clearly defined objectives and outcomes with flexibility to allow students to participate in community exercises. q#Internship work must primarily benefit a community and cannot involve partisan or non-partisan political activity, direct solicitation or lobbying on the federal, state or local level.
 
Host site applications are available at the foundation’s:
 
• Office, located at 135 E. Washington Row in downtown Sandusky.

q Website, at sanduskyfoundation.com   and then pull down the “about” window and click on “initiatives.” Completed applications must be received in the foundation office by Feb. 7.
 
For more information, emailinfo@eriefoundation.org   or call 419-621-9690.
 
Students seeking internships through this program are also encouraged to contact the foundation.