June 18, 2013
Michelle Hargrave | Director | Office of Civic Engagement | 218-726-7125 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Lori Melton | Communication Associate | External Affairs | 218 726-8830 | email@example.com
UMD Partners to Assist Non-Profit Organizations
The University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) Office of Civic Engagement and Career Services have partnered with departments from the College of St. Scholastica, University of Wisconsin Superior, and the United Way of Greater Duluth to offer Connect with Campus: Internships, a free workshop to be held on Tues., June 25, at UWS.
The workshop is designed to help community non-profit organizations successfully navigate the people, departments, and terminology within higher education institutions as they seek to connect with students interested in internships, service-learning, and volunteer opportunities.
"Connect with Campus: Internships is the product of several discussions and planning meetings that brought together many employees of these three institutions along with United Way. Our shared goal was to provide a venue to organizations to come talk about how to access college and university students in terms of internships, as well as in terms of volunteering and service-learning as ways for students to be involved in the community," said Michelle Hargrave, director of UMD's Office of Civic Engagement.
Internships, service-learning, and volunteering benefit both student participants and the community. "When students have robust experiences with community organizations, their classroom learning is complemented by real world experiences that build resumes and skill sets. Community organizations enjoy the extra hands and ideas brought by students, and often employ interns or students dedicated to serving the organization," Hargrave said.
College students make a significant contribution to their communities through volunteering and service. According to the most recent Volunteering and Civic Life in America report, in 2012, 3.1 million college students dedicated more than 118 million hours of service across the country, a contribution valued at $2.5 billion. Each year, at least 2,000 UMD students contribute more than 30,000 hours of service to the community.
Jessie Pondell, director of Student Professional Development for the UW Oshkosh College of Business, will lead the workshop.
Representatives from UMD, the College of St. Scholastica, and University of Wisconsin Superior, as well as the United Way, will be on hand to answer questions from organizations, provide feedback, and share best practices. There will also be a student perspectives panel in which students will share their experiences with organizations.
For more information or to register, visit the UMD Civic Engagement website. http://www.d.umn.edu/outreach/civic/current_events.html