Grace College classrooms are dynamic places. Here, students learn from knowledgeable professors about the fields they love and grow through every project, paper, and presentation. While we recognize there is a time to sit down and study, there is also a time to leave the classroom and put everything you’ve learned into practice.
At Grace, we know how important it is that you know what it’s like to work in your career before you graduate. As early as your first semester, you’ll find college internship programs right here in our community where real-world professionals will guide and encourage you.
By the time you graduate, you will be a confident, experienced individual, ready to show up at your first job with the skills you need to succeed. Take it from these four students, just a few of many who have benefited from Grace’s connections and passion for career readiness.
Read on to learn about their experiences!
College Internship Program: Lilly Center for Lakes and Streams
Role: Biology Intern
Major: Biology and Chemistry
Experience: After only one year of attending Grace, Connor started his internship with the Lilly Center. He tests samples from local lakes and streams for harmful e coli, helping the organization make the area’s waterways clean and healthy. According to him, he’s learning organization and mental awareness on an entirely new level. The internship is giving him field experience with the samples and equipment he’ll be using in his future career. Through this invaluable opportunity, he’s learning about how biology and chemistry can be applied practically.
College Internship Program: Grace College’s Student Affairs
Role: Student Affairs Intern
Experience: Bailey spends her time as a Student Affairs intern learning what it means to work in an office and be a part of higher education. Since she wants to work in higher education in the future, this experience is the perfect bridge between the classroom and her career. Besides her undergraduate degree, Bailey is also getting her master’s in higher education, which will enhance her internship and open even more doors after graduation. In addition to her hands-on office work, Bailey reads books on higher education as a part of the applied learning experience.
“I get to see what it really means to work in higher education, and the connections I’m building will provide opportunities I wouldn’t have without my internship.” -Bailey Gagnon
College Internship Program: Brethren Missionary Herald Company (GraceConnect and BMH Books)
Role: Editorial Intern
Experience: During her internship, Carolina got to work with the organization’s editor, Liz Cutler Gates. Carolina was proofreading, fact-checking, and writing for a multitude of publications on a regular basis. She got a behind-the-scenes look at how to coordinate a magazine and a newsletter. She enjoyed the variety in the work that she did. Her biggest takeaway was learning the people skills she would need in her career as a journalist.
College Internship Program: Education Practicum at Warsaw Community High School
Major: Business Education
Experience: Kaitlin’s role at the local high school was to observe teachers, interact with students, and teach lessons. According to her, the best part was the networking. She had the opportunity to meet teachers and get to know employees at the school who could help her as she prepared for her career. Some of the teachers were even Grace College alumni who knew what it was like to be in her shoes. Through these interactions, Kaitlin practiced making first impressions and sharing her personal experiences with high schoolers.
“It gave me real-time experience and taught me how to be a better teacher. I learned skills I wouldn’t have learned in classes.” -Kaitlin Broz
Connor, Bailey, Carolina, and Katilin are just four of countless students who have found internships for college students here in Warsaw, and many of them are even getting paid! In fact, 88% of our students’ college internships are paid and $817,355.20 has been generated for students through these internships. – from grace.edu