Over the summer, 18 Bellarmine University students took part in a new program that pays them to complete what would otherwise be an unpaid internship at a nonprofit or government organization in Louisville or Southern Indiana.
The Live.Work.Lead.Serve program, funded by the James Graham Brown Foundation and the Ogle Foundation, connected the students with 14 community partners, where they earned a cumulative 54 hours of academic internship credit and engaged in 1,620 hours of paid employment. The initiative is part of a renewed four-year undergraduate focus on career development.
“This experience gave me first-hand experience in my intended career goal of social work,” said Shannon Wilson, a senior psychology major from Northern Kentucky who interned with Gilda’s Club Louisville. “Being a part of the Gilda’s Club community humbled me and allowed me to grow my passion for serving the needs of others who are in difficult situations. I was able to learn valuable skills that will serve me far beyond my undergraduate years.”
Lauren Coffey of Bellarmine’s Career Development Center said the Live.Work.Lead.Serve program, which will continue next year, helps the university achieve its guarantee that every student will have the opportunity to intern. Career Development will accept student applications until Jan. 25, 2019.