Two Dubuque schools have been awarded nearly $285,000 to help create more paid internships for their students.
Clarke University received more than $149,000 and Loras College more than $135,000 from Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corp., according to a press release from that organization.
Schools receiving grant funding will work with local businesses and organizations to create new paid internships and convert existing unpaid ones into paid opportunities.
“When internships are unpaid, students who can’t afford to work for free miss the chance to gain a competitive edge in the job market,” the release states. “These new internships will give juniors and seniors with any level of financial need real-world experience within their field of study and a better chance at competing with their wealthier peers for jobs after graduation.”
Clarke also recently received a grant for more than $100,000 from Great Lakes to “identify struggling first-year college students early and connect them with existing tutoring, advising, mentoring and counseling programs that can make a real difference in keeping them on track for graduation,” a release from Clarke states.
The goal of the grants is to improve graduation rates for students from low-income households, students of color and students who are first in their families to attend college.