By Morgan Goddard, Contributing Writer
For students looking for summer work, then perhaps the right choice is the Civic Leadership Fellowship, a paid summer internship in its fourth year of existence. With applications due March 4, 2016, this opportunity could help many students prepare for future careers.
The Fellowship provides students with “summer employment opportunities and a program of civic leadership development for college students who reside in the Foundation’s service area,” as stated on the Fellowship’s website. This opportunity is provided by the Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley. To be eligible, students must live in these counties: Hancock, Brooke, Ohio, Marshall, Wetzel or Tyler County in West Virginia or Jefferson and Belmont County in Ohio. Students must also be at least second semester freshmen.
If accepted, students will be placed with local businesses such as non-profit or government agencies for seven weeks. Students will work Monday through Thursday at their placement and will be spending their Fridays engaged in civic leadership, personal/professional development and seeing what the Ohio Valley has to offer as a great place to live and work.
According to the website at cfov.org, the goals of the program are, “To enhance student’s personal skills as well as to improve their ability to provide meaningful employment to our region upon college graduation; to introduce area nonprofit organizations, government entities, and businesses to students through the Fellows’ placement with their organizations; and, to offer a collaborative way for employers, nonprofits, and foundations to work collectively to improve our region’s potential workforce for the future.”
Past employers include names such: Oglebay Institute Mansion Museum, Youth Services System, Ziegenfelder, Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department, Belomar Regional Council, Kalkreuth Roofing in Sheet Metal, Inc., King’s Daughters Child Care Center, Wheeling National Heritage Corporation, Hays Landscape and Architecture Studio, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Main Street Bank, Easter Seals, Gabriel Project, Wheeling CVB, Orrick, Herrington and Sutcliffe, Elmhurst, and Touchstone Research Laboratories. Being able to work for a company in this area not only looks good on a resume, but can also provide students with great networking options.
Debbie Bloomfield, director of the Fellowship program, said, “The Civic Leaders Fellowship Program is a great opportunity for our local college students to engage in their community within their fields of study. Our goal is to expose students to opportunities right here in the Ohio Valley so that we can strengthen the future workforce in our region.”
“The Friday development portion of the program also exposes the students to economic development in the region, arts and culture and hopefully allows them to think differently about living and working in the Ohio Valley upon graduation,” Bloomfield said.
For more information concerning the Fellowship, including the application, click here.