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Regional Fellowship Program: $5 million Imagine a cohort of 20 Mount Holyoke students in one city, each participating in her own paid internship yet joining the others for informal lectures and experiential learning to link their liberal arts education to their internships and future careers.
A $5 million lead endowment gift will establish this innovative and collaborative program and provide the program’s founda- tion. It would also underwrite the associated administrative costs. Students would each receive a paid internship in addition to a housing allowance. Opportunities exist to align the fellowship with an individual corporation or industry. Ideally, the donor would serve as a mentor and resource to the Mount Holyoke cohort.
Nexus Program: $10 million Created with support from our 2007 Mellon Centers of Excellence grant and individual donors, the Nexus program is designed to help our students more intentionally integrate their academic experiences with what they hope to accomplish in the world. The Nexus program encourages students to apply their theoretical learning to practical issues through internships, off-campus research, and community engagement. The program serves as an alternative to a minor or second major, and is typically begun during the sophomore year. Examples of approved Nexus tracks include Law and Public Policy; Journalism, Media, and Public Discourse; Engineering; and Global Business.
A $10 million endowment gift will support continued innovation and development of the Nexus program and underwrite the Nexus directorship.
Mount Holyoke Internship Program: $20 million A summer internship can be a powerful and transformative experience. By applying what they learn in the classroom in a professional setting and often a new cultural context, students are pushed to see their MHC course work, their career plans, and themselves from a new and expanded perspective.
In the summer of 2012, the College awarded more than $600,000 in funding from donor funds to approximately 185 MHC students for internships; of these, 72 were for intern- ships abroad.
This $20 million transformational endow- ment gift will fully fund Mount Holyoke’s internship program, ensuring that every student will have the opportunity to receive a paid internship while attending the College.
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