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Prescott College seeks to place students in community workplace

Prescott College seeks to place students in community workplace.

Prescott College seeks to place students in community workplace.

Prescott College is looking to expand local internship opportunities in either for-profit or nonprofit organizations to pair students with real-world experiences for college credit.

“We want to create opportunities where a student works at least 150 hours over the course of a semester or summer, receives competent supervision and guidance while working, completes some reflective academic work on the experience, and then receives four credits for the effort,” said Rich Ormond, director of Career Services at Prescott College.

Ideally, the college wants to offer students – mainly juniors, seniors and masters – paid internships, or at least ones that are compensated in some way. The school also has set aside some funds to share the cost of a stipend for students interning with nonprofit agencies. These funds are limited, with a limited number of slots to cost-share.

“We welcome internship opportunities with for-profit companies as well,” Ormond said, “although the college will not share costs. We are eager, however, to get such opportunities in front of our students and give local businesses the chance to hire knowledgeable and motivated students for limited-duration internships here in the Prescott area.”

While there is no deadline for businesses to apply for students’ participation, the program links with school semesters – summer, winter, spring. This semester, two organizations, Prescott Mountain Bike Alliance and the Arizona Wilderness Coalition, have interns from Prescott College, Ormand said. By end of April, he hopes to have internship opportunities in place for the summer semester, and by the end of June for fall semester.

Prescott College is interested in finding ways for the knowledge base of the college to better serve the broader community. The internship program is one effective route toward that end, he added.

For more information, contact Rich Ormand at 928-350-2002 or email

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