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CFOV to Facilitate Civic Leaders Fellowship Program

Grant from Benedum Foundation will Provide Funding for College Interns

Wheeling, WV – The Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley will initiate a Civic Leaders Fellowship Program during the summer of 2013 as a result of a grant received from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation.

The Civic Leaders Fellowship Program will be offering a college internship program for a minimum of eight students from the Northern Panhandle.  Students who have at least completed their freshman year of college or their first year of a technical or trade school will be eligible to participate.  Cooperating businesses in the region will be asked to host the students and provide them with a mentor during their six-week internship.  The interns will work Monday through Thursday at their designated work sites.  On Fridays, the students will convene at the Community Foundation offices for a Leadership Forum, in which students will discuss topics such as personal development, workplace ethics, civic leadership, alternative career choices, and much more.

The goals for the program are to enhance students’ personal skills as well as the students’ ability to find a meaningful position in our region upon graduation; to introduce area nonprofit entities, government entities, and identified businesses to these students through the Fellows placement with their organizations; and to offer a collaborative way for employers, nonprofits, and the foundations of our area to work together to improve our region’s potential workforce for the future.

Businesses, nonprofit organizations and governmental agencies are urged to submit an application to be a host organization for one of these students for the summer program.  Applications are due by Monday, April 22.  Following the deadline, student applications will be evaluated and the students who are selected will be paired with a corresponding business applicant that best matches the student’s field of study.

For program details and applications click here.