Aug. 16, 2004


LEWISBURG, Pa. — Three Bucknell students served as interns with local nonprofit groups this summer as part of the Bucknell Public Interest Program. Two worked with the Lewisburg Prison Project and one with Diversified Treatment Alternatives.

Launched as a pilot program in 2001, the Bucknell Public Interest Program (BPIP) finds opportunities for graduating seniors and recent graduates to apply to one-year paid fellowships with nonprofit organizations. Each graduate is matched with an alumni mentor who helps the graduate make the most of the fellowship experience. BPIP also educates students about nonprofit careers and provides opportunities for students to network with people in the nonprofit sector.

This year, thanks to a generous gift from a Bucknell alumnus, the program was extended to summer internships through the BPIP Internship Fund. The fund supports students who are interested in an unpaid summer internship at a nonprofit, public interest, or governmental organization. By using the initial gift and additional support from Bucknell alumni and the Alumni Association Board of Directors, BPIP was able to offer $2,000 to seven students this summer.

Kate Shaw, a senior art major from Orinda, Calif., is an intern with Diversified Treatment Alternatives in Lewisburg. Jeffrey Hazlett, a senior philosophy major from Evanston, Ill., and John Mantia, a senior English major from New Canaan, Conn., are interns with the Lewisburg Prison Project.

Other BPIP interns this summer are Katherine Pfeifer with Pro World Service Corps in Peru; Ryane Spindel with Women's Anti-Violence Education in Philadelphia; Taylor Harchak with Hope for Kids in State College' and Maureen Clarke with Community Volunteers in Medicine in West Chester. Bucknell alumni serving as mentors to the students are Bill and Carol Lenker and Karen Wolford.

"My internship has helped me narrow down my interests and dislikes for my major," says Shaw. "I don't think there is any way that I could have done it without help from BPIP."

BPIP director Emily Dietrich oversees the internship program. "Not only do the Internship Fund recipients have the chance to learn about a particular nonprofit organization and careers within that organization, they also have the opportunity to learn more about their community," says Dietrich, "it's important for students to know that their community extends beyond the Bucknell campus."

The seven BPIP interns were selected from 22 applicants this year.

"I look forward to talking about my experiences in the fall and encouraging more people to apply next year," says Shaw.

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written by Megan Gaines, summer intern in the Office of Communications

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