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College interns looking for experience, opportunities
Setting up summer and fall semester positions

Prescott College students Emily Ahrendt, left, and Saralyn Barstad worked as leaders this past summer in a 7-week internship program with the Youth Conservation Corps, Yavapai County and U.S. Forestry Service helping at-risk teenagers learn how to work as a team and gain backcountry skills such as counting fish and putting up fencing. (Prescott College/Courtesy)

Prescott College students Emily Ahrendt, left, and Saralyn Barstad worked as leaders this past summer in a 7-week internship program with the Youth Conservation Corps, Yavapai County and U.S. Forestry Service helping at-risk teenagers learn how to work as a team and gain backcountry skills such as counting fish and putting up fencing. (Prescott College/Courtesy)

Prescott College wants to expand internship opportunities for its local students in order to provide real-world experiences combined with 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, the college’s director of Career Services.

Ideally, he would like to see paid internships or ones in which students are compensated in some way. Prescott College has set aside some funds to share the cost of a stipend for students interning with nonprofit agencies.

“These funds are limited, so there are a limited number of slots we can cost-share,” Ormond said. “We welcome internship opportunities with for-profit companies as well, although the college will not share costs.”

Some examples of where internships might fit between college degree programs and local businesses are:

Adventure Education – tourism, youth camps, outfitters.

Arts/Humanities – social media content, newsletters, research, grant writing, fundraising, feature writing.

Art/Letters – website development, graphic design, museums, music programs.

Culture/Social Studies/Social Justice – social services, poverty alleviation, food banks, workforce and faith-based organizations.

Education – afterschool and teen programs, early childhood centers, additional student teaching practicums.

Environmental Studies – engineering firms, remediation, coalitions.

Psychology/Human Development – mental health, recovery, peer programs.

One of Prescott College’s strengths is that students can create their own degree plan, supplementing curriculum with independent studies, Ormond said. “I would encourage any business or organization with an idea for an internship – whether or not it fits neatly into one of our conventional programs – to put together an internship description and submit it. There may be a student whose interest and expertise meets those needs closely.”

He hopes to give local businesses the chance to hire knowledgeable and motivated students for limited duration and in ways the college’s knowledge base can better serve the broader community. Internships are an effective route to make this happen.

For more information, contact Rich Ormond at 928-350-2002 or email richard.ormond@prescott.edu.

Follow Sue Tone on Twitter @ToneNotes. Reach her at stone@prescottaz.com or 928-445-3333, ext. 2043.

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