SJC Awarded $25,000 to Promote Internship Opportunities for Students

May 23, 2014

Saint Joseph’s College has been awarded $25,000 from the Ball Brothers Foundation. SJC received the award through the Ball Venture Fund competition, which saw 45 submissions from 27 Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI) member institutions. The award comes four months after SJC received a $1 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to enhance and expand opportunities for its graduates to find meaningful employment in Indiana.  

SJC is directing its $25,000 to its “Promoting Internship Opportunities Through Educational Collaborations in Northwest Indiana” program. SJC, Ancilla College, Calumet College of St. Joseph, and Valparaiso University are working collaboratively to provide career services that will increase the number of graduates who obtain employment in Indiana. The main objective of these efforts is to significantly increase the number of internships posted and filled in Northwest Indiana by the end of the 2015 calendar year.

Building on these collaborative efforts already in place in Northwest Indiana, the four colleges, the Center of Workforce Innovations, and Indiana INTERNnet plan to hire a part-time field representative to coordinate an innovative regional strategy to promote internship opportunities for the 2014-15 academic year. SJC, Ancilla College, Calumet College of St. Joseph, and Valparaiso University will contribute $15,000 to support the regional strategy in Northwest Indiana.

The Ball Venture Fund was created in 1999 to enable the Ball Brothers Foundation to take an active role in encouraging and supporting creative efforts at Indiana’s independent colleges and universities. The program provides seed money for innovative start-up programs at ICI member institutions.

Named a "character-building college" by the Templeton Foundation, a "Best Midwestern College" by the Princeton Review, and “Best Value” and "Best Midwestern College" by US News & World Report, Saint Joseph's College is a four-year, Catholic college offering 27 majors, 4 group majors, 35 minors, and 9 pre-professional programs, complemented by the nationally acclaimed Core Program. Founded and sponsored by the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, SJC is located in Rensselaer, Indiana, approximately 90 minutes from both Chicago and Indianapolis, on a park-like campus of 180 acres and has an enrollment of nearly 1,200 students.

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