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CC Internship Campaign Nets 250 Positions

Colorado College has met the goals set in its 2012-13 internship and job campaign, in which the college asked alumni, parents, community members, and trustees to form, find, or fund 250 new internships or jobs for CC students.

Colorado College has met the goals set in its 2012-13 internship and job campaign, in which the college asked alumni, parents, community members, and trustees to form, find, or fund 250 new internships or jobs for CC students.

The internships range from traditional (financial advising firms) to creative (cooking in San Francisco), said Jason Owens ’06, CC associate director for employer relations. Other examples of new jobs and internships include opportunities with a marketing firm in Colorado Springs, a social media startup in Boulder, and an arts and film organization in New York City.

“Everyone was very responsive,” Owens said. “People got involved in a number of ways. Whether it was providing opportunities or resources, doing mock interviews with students, reviewing resumes and cover letters, or being a mentor, the CC community showed up.”

The funding component of the campaign provided $273,800, enough to finance 79 students, allowing them to accept an otherwise unpaid internship. The bulk of the support came from the Board of Trustees, with board member Phil Swan ’84 providing a strong leadership gift.

“This has really opened up opportunities for students,” Owens said. “Helping students find and fund internships gives them valuable professional experience, but more importantly, allows them to apply their experiences and skills gained on campus and in the classroom in a practical setting.” In return for the financial support, the Career Center asks that students send a thank you letter and reflection piece to the donor.

The campaign also served another purpose. “Students know there are alumni in the larger community willing to support them,” Owens said. “It also shows that the alumni base and the community at large value their experience at CC and want to pay it forward. They think to themselves, ‘Someone gave me an internship, and that changed my life. I want to give that experience to another student.’ We hear that over and over from our alumni,” he said.