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Summer Job Opportunity for Area College Students

Wheeling, WV –  The Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley (CFOV) announces applications are now available for the Civic Leaders Fellowship program. The program, now in its 4th year, seeks to expose our local youth to opportunities of employment in the Ohio Valley in an effort to retain them for the Ohio Valley’s workforce in the future.

The seven week paid internship is available, through a continued partnership with the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF), to college-aged students in our eight-county service region which includes counties of Brooke, Hancock, Ohio, Marshall, Tyler and Wetzel in West Virginia and Belmont and Jefferson in Ohio. Students will be placed in a position which aligns with their career goals at area businesses, nonprofits and/or government agencies.

Students will work Monday through Thursday at their placement and will be spending their Fridays engaged in civic leadership, personal/professional development and seeing what the Ohio Valley has to offer as a great place to live and work. A student participant from 2015 said “The Civic Leaders Fellowship Program has helped to regenerate a love for my hometown and show me all the ways my skills can benefit Wheeling in the future”.

During the program in 2015, there were 17 college students placed at various host sites including the following: Oglebay Institute Mansion Museum, Youth Services System, Ziegenfelder, Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department, Belomar Regional Council, Kalkreuth Roofing in Sheet Metal, Inc., King’s Daughters Child Care Center, Wheeling National Heritage Corporation, Hays Landscape and Architecture Studio, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Main Street Bank, Easter Seals, Gabriel Project, Wheeling CVB, Orrick, Herrington and Sutcliffe, Elmhurst, and Touchstone Research Laboratories.

Students are encouraged to apply early for this opportunity. CFOV also seeks applications from employers who are interested in hosting an intern, at no expense to employers, other than time and mentoring the students during their Monday through Thursday placements. Applications are available at under the Community Leadership tab. Deadline for students to apply is March 4, 2016. Host application deadline is March 31, 2016. Students are selected through a competitive process with the assistance of a volunteer committee that reviews the applications, essays, and recommendation letters.

“It’s a win/win/win situation for all involved” said Susie Nelson, Executive Director of CFOV. Susie further stated that “through our partnership with PACF, funding through grants, and the willingness of employers to host interns, we are able to show these kids that the Ohio Valley is really a great place to live and work”. “The students benefit from a paid summer job, the employers receive an intern at no cost, and the Ohio Valley retains degreed professionals for its workforce”.  Any interested funders or donors for the program are encouraged to contact Susie at 304-242-3144.

Since 1972, the Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley has connected donors who care with causes that matter by making grants to organizations working to improve the quality of life in the Upper Ohio Valley.  With assets of more than $34 million, the Foundation assisted in making more than $1,000,000 in grants last year.  From strengthening community schools and assisting local arts programs, to building health centers and helping lives affected by violence or natural disasters, the Foundation continues to enhance our region.  To learn more, visit the Foundation online at