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”
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.