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STPEC Receives $60,000 Grant for Internships

The Samuel Rubin Foundation has granted $60,000 to the Social Thought and Political Economy Program (STPEC) in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences to support undergraduate internships focused on peace and social justice.

To graduate, all STPEC majors must complete a three-credit internship. Internships provide invaluable experience that deepens their learning and prepares them for the post-graduation stage of their lives. However, the limited budgets of social justice organizations mean that internships seldom are paid. Although students generally are willing to accept such circumstances, they often are unable to afford the loss of time on a job that helps them pay for college or the living expenses associated with internships located far from home. In short, many students simply cannot take advantage of a broad range of opportunities because of the associated costs.

The Rubin Foundation grant of $60,000, to be disbursed over a three-year period, will underwrite living expenses for students seeking internships with community, regional, national or international organizations that are focused on areas of social and economic justice, peace and civil rights, and political or voting rights. The funds also can cover additional course fees for students who do a summer or winter intersession internship.

Grants will range from $1,000 to $2,500 for selected juniors and seniors who participate in an application process. A committee will select the recipients based on the merits of their proposals and financial need. At the conclusion of their internships, students will submit a final paper and participate in discussions, seminars and peer-to-peer learning about their experiences.

About 150 majors are enrolled in the STPEC interdisciplinary undergraduate program in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. The program emphasizes critical thinking and education for democratic citizenship. STPEC graduates often pursue careers in public service, the non-profit sector, and social change.

The Rubin Foundation is dedicated to carrying on the vision of its founder, Samuel Rubin, who spent his life in pursuit of peace, justice, and the search for an equitable reallocation of the world’s resources. The Foundation believes that these objectives can be achieved only through the fullest implementation of social, economic, political, civil and cultural rights for all the world’s people.

May 20, 2008