Lambrecht expects the grant to directly fund 83 new internship opportunities in the first year for the spring and summer of 2016. It will support internships for traditional students on Lakeland’s main campus in addition to the college’s Evening, Weekend and Online students at Lakeland’s seven centers around the state.
“Internships allow students to put what they’ve learned in the classroom to practical use,” Lambrecht said. “They allow students to learn how to work in a professional setting and gain the critical experience that employers are seeking when evaluating them for full-time jobs. For many of our students, these internships are pathways to full-time employment.”
Lakeland’s Student Success and Engagement Office coordinates about 225 internships annually. However, some of those are unpaid, and Lambrecht said many of Lakeland’s students cannot afford to take on unpaid internships because their financial need is too great. This grant, she said, will provide new opportunities for students to pursue internship opportunities in their career fields.
Lambrecht said one of the primary objectives of this grant is to build long-term relationships with employers around the state. She added that Lakeland will reach out to major manufacturing companies throughout the Sheboygan community and explore internships in business, accounting, marketing and computer science.
“We also plan to target companies related to food processing, health care and insurance, knowing those are huge growth areas for employment across the state,” she added.
Lakeland’s Student Success and Engagement Office will host informational sessions online and on campus for students over the next few weeks.