College of Arts and Sciences

Minority Internship Program deadline announced

February 17, 2009

The Minority Internship Program (MIP) is a one semester, paid internship funded by a HECA grant sponsored by the Illinois Board of Higher Education. The program allows full-time junior, senior, and graduate minority students to combine work and learning experiences. Western Illinois University is a member of the Five University Consortium along with Chicago State University, Eastern Illinois University, Governor’s State University and Northeastern Illinois University. The WIU MIP Campus Director, Dr. Abdul-Rasheed Na’Allah, along with a committee of WIU faculty and administrators, manages the selection and appointment process for WIU students who qualify and participate in the program.

Participants have the opportunity to interact with real decision-makers in their respective fields, develop personal interests and expand career opportunities, while gaining academic credit. The program is designed specifically for African American, Hispanic American, Asian American, Pacific Islander, Native American and Alaskan Native students who are U.S. citizens or permanent U.S. residents to improve the student's understanding of organizational decision-making, policy-making and to empower students through career goal assessment, work experience, the establishment of mentorships, and enhanced networking skills and opportunities. To apply, undergraduates must be at least a full-time junior with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale. Full-time graduate students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25.

Internship sites are arranged by the student with the assistance of their academic advisor and/or the office of Career Services. While the MIP Campus Chair offers direction and guidance in the site search process, the program does not perform placement services. Interns must work between 30 and 35 hours per week and attend monthly seminars while on internship. The full-time interns are appointed for one academic term and are paid a monthly stipend. Academic credit for enrolling full-time in an approved internship credit course is required during the internship semester.

This semester, WIU has three students on internship. Samuel Brown of Rockford, a Law Enforcement and Justice Administration Senior is interning with the Rockford Police Department; Theresa Suwannapal, graduate student in the Communications Sciences and Disorders program, is on a dual internship with the Rock Island School District and Genesis Medical Center in Davenport, IA; and Jasmin Kennebrew, Senior LEJA major from Bellwood, IL is interning in the social service department of the Circuit Court of Cook County. In the past, WIU MIP students have interned throughout the continental U.S., Alaska, and overseas including London, Hong Kong and Australia. The opportunities and experiences are wide-ranging.

“It is my hope that the financial support and mentoring available from the Minority Internship Program can make the internship experience that much more beneficial for our bright and talented students,” stated WIU MIP Campus Chair Abdul-Rasheed Na’Allah.

Internship applications for the Summer and Fall 2009 semesters are available in the African American Studies office in Morgan Hall 232 on the Macomb campus. Completed applications will be due on Monday, March 23, 2009 to be considered for the award. An email has been sent to all qualified students inviting them to apply. Interested students who have questions about their qualifications should call 309-298-1181, email, or visit our office. Students on the Quad Cities campus can call or email for application distribution information or talk with Curtis Williams, MIP QC Liaison. In addition, the MIP Campus Chair, Dr. Abdul-Rasheed Na’Allah is available to meet with interested individuals or minority organizations.

Copy by: Fran Hainline, African American Studies