May 24, 2005
LEWISBURG, Pa. — Several students from Bucknell University will participate in local internships this summer through the Bucknell Public Interest Program.
first-year student Saskia Madlener, East Hampton, N.Y., whose internship with Sweet Meriam's Farm and the Middlecreek Area Community Center (MACC) began May 20; Madlener's intenship is funded by the Alumni Association and the BPIP Internship Fund.
Other Bucknell students participating in this summer's internship program are:
junior Joy Harrison, Miami, Fla., will intern with Florida Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen's office beginning June 6; Harrison's internship is funded by the BPIP Internship Fund.
sophomore Brianna Evans, Bellingham, Wash., is interning with Experience International in Everson, Wash.; Evans' internship is funded by the BPIP Internship Fund.
sophomore Eileen Saunders, Flemington, N.J., is interning at the Dental Clinic of Morristown Memorial Hospital; Saunders' internship is funded by 1959 Bucknell graduate Ellen Kellebrew and the BPIP Internship Fund.
sophomore Anna Wakulchik, Canton, Ohio, who will intern with the Hispanic Development Project at St. Bernard's Church in Akron, Ohio; Wakulchik's internship is funded by 1967 Bucknell graduates Tom and Barbara Sturges and the BPIP Internship Fund.
first-year student Lesley Emons, Woodbridge, Conn., is interning with the State of Connecticut's Office of Public Defender; Emons' internship is funded by the Alumni Association and the BPIP Internship Fund.
first-year student Andrew King, Fort Washington, will intern with the White House Volunteer Program beginning June 6; King's internship is funded by the Alumni Association and the BPIP Internship Fund.
According to program director Emily Dietrich, BPIP was launched as a pilot program in 2001 and consists of Bucknell alumni, faculty, and administrators working together to educate students about non-profit careers and provide more occasions for students to experience non-profit opportunities and network with those in the non-profit sector.
Dietrich says, "This year we had 23 applicants apply, including three students who are studying abroad. Each student needed to secure a full-time, unpaid internship with a non-profit/public interest/governmental organization.
"Three members of the BPIP Committee served on the selection committee; they were 1965 graduate Karen Wolford, 1956 graduate Bill Lenker and 1957 graduate Pat Strachan.
"This year BPIP was able to offer 11 Internship Funds at $2,500 each, increasing the number of funds from last year by 57 percent through the generous support of alumni and the Alumni Association/Finance Committee," she said.
Note to media: for more information about the BPIP program, contact Dietrich at 570-577-1238 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org