A new pilot program at Binghamton University is providing paid internship opportunities to more low-income, first-generation, and minority students this summer. Binghamton has added eight new positions, offering internships to a total of 20 students. Each receives $3,500 for the eight-week program, while their mentors receive $1,000 apiece. The pilot is also creating additional paid internships in three summer research programs.
Binghamton, part of the State University of New York, is one of five universities in the system that received money this year through the Chancellor's Summer Research Excellence Fund, which is designed to support a total of 150 summer interns.
Studies have consistently shown that paid internships benefit graduates entering the workforce. That has motivated colleges to seek out innovative ways to connect their students with such opportunities.
The University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee is providing funding to local businesses so they can convert unpaid internships into paid ones. Laurie Marks,of the UW Milwaukee Center for Student Experience and Talent, secured a grant of over $200,000 to help pay students for positions in the Milwaukee area that have historically been unpaid.
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