19 Jul SuccessWorks Internship Fund Awardees Announced for Summer 2021
This summer, SuccessWorks is financially supporting 41 College of Letters & Science students across more than 20 majors for a mix of in-person, remote and hybrid internship experiences.
“Internships are indispensable for translating skills and interests cultivated in the classroom to the hands-on exploration of career paths,” says Rebekah Pryor Paré, Associate Dean and Executive Director of SuccessWorks. “Internships also encourage students to build the professional networks that supercharge career development before graduation, and well beyond into their lives as Badger alumni.”
Thanks to the generosity of many donors, SuccessWorks provides awards of up to $5,000, helping students with financial need cover cost of living essentials like rent and transportation. This summer, 41 students are receiving support totaling $103,500. Since 2006, 285 students have received over $780,000 in support for their internship experiences.
The summer 2021 class of SuccessWorks Internship Fund awardees are working at a diverse mix of public and private institutions, with many working in-person, others working a hybrid or completely virtual schedule, and one student completing a remote international internship based in Ghana.
For Journalism and Political Science major Tamia Fowlkes (‘22), this summer’s internship at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is all about honing her journalism skills. “I took this position to build my confidence in writing and in-depth reporting.” she says.
Tamia got her career journey started early, connecting with SuccessWorks her first year at UW-Madison for a resume workshop. “SuccessWorks has helped me get on my feet in professional spaces, presenting the best version of myself in the job and internship search process,” she says.
Still in the midst of her internship, Tamia is already taking a long view of the experience. “Working at the intersection of politics, race, gender, and activism, I hope to serve as a leader in exposing people to the benefits of creative storytelling,” she says. “I also look forward to building spaces for civically-engaged and informed young leaders to pursue positive change.”