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MIP Application Deadline Announced

February 11, 2013

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MACOMB, IL – Applications for the Minority Internship Program (MIP) are due Monday, March 18, to be considered for Summer and Fall 2013 awards. The 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. The WIU MIP Campus Co-Chairs Fran Hainline and Alphonso Simpson, Jr., along with a committee of WIU faculty and administrators, manage the application and selection process for WIU students who qualify and participate in the program.

Participants have the opportunity to develop personal interests and expand career opportunities in their respective fields 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 United States citizens or permanent US residents. To apply, undergraduates must be a full-time junior or senior with a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.75. 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 WIU Office of Career Services. While the MIP campus co-chairs offer direction and guidance in the site search process, the program does not perform placement services. 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. In the past, WIU MIP students have interned throughout the continental US, Alaska, and overseas including London, Hong Kong and Australia.

"We strive to provide an enhanced experience for the interns who have been selected to represent WIU through the MIP," said Hainline and Simpson. "The financial support and mentoring available are designed to make the internship experience more rewarding for these exceptional students."

Applications for the Summer and Fall 2013 semesters are available in the African American Studies office in Morgan Hall 232 on the Macomb campus. An email has been sent to all qualified students inviting them to apply.

Students who have questions about their qualifications should call (309) 298-1181 or (309) 298-2360, email or visit the program office. Students on the Quad Cities campus can call or email Curtis Williams, MIP QC Liaison for application information. In addition, the MIP Campus Co-Chairs are available to meet with interested individuals or minority organizations.

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