FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                        Date: July 9, 2001

Donna McCracken

Applied Study program receives Cooperative Work Study Grant

            SPRINGFIELD - The Applied Study Office at the University of Illinois at Springfield has been granted funding support for fiscal year 2002 from the Illinois Cooperative Work Study Program by the Illinois Board of Higher Education. This is the fifth highest award made by the IBHE to an Illinois college or university and will make approximately 75 paid AST placements possible for UIS students.  These competitive placements are open to all degree-seeking undergraduate students in good academic standing, in any applicable major, who have not yet completed an Applied Study Term.  Recipients must be Illinois residents.

The AST office collects the resumes of interested students and forwards them to appropriate agencies, including community social service organizations, businesses, state agencies, and special interest organizations. The agencies then contact students in whom they are interested, conduct interviews, and make the final selections.

“This is an excellent opportunity for students to earn college credit doing an internship that pays $9 an hour,” said Elaine Rundle-Schwark, assistant director of applied studies at UIS. “An internship at one of these agencies can help students define career goals, use classroom experiences in a professional work experience, and make a difference through public service, as well as experience networking and future employment opportunities.”

For information on these internships and other applied study options, contact the AST office at (217) 206-6640.