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Dec. 13, 2005

Birmingham-Southern partners with local, state organizations to create summer internships

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The Hess Center for Leadership and Service at Birmingham-Southern College is partnering with 11 local and state organizations to create six full-time internships for BSC students in summer 2006.

The organizations partnering with the Hess Center promote causes such as environmental awareness, economic justice, and advocacy of the arts. Agencies were selected both for their reputation as social justice advocates and for their willingness and eagerness to encourage and educate the next generation of citizen leaders and advocates.

The new Hess Center Fellows summer interns will receive comprehensive education and training concerning public policy and how it affects lives. Additionally, students will learn how to be more involved in shaping public policy.

Participating organizations include A+ Educational Foundation, AIDS Alabama, Alabama Appleseed, Alabama Arise, Alabama Rivers Alliance, Aletheia House, The Cahaba River Society, The Cultural Alliance of Greater Birmingham, Greater Birmingham Ministries, VOICES for Alabama's Children, and YWCA of Central Alabama.

The internships will be funded by the Dixon Foundation and the Joseph S. Bruno Charitable Foundation. Each Hess Center Fellow will receive a $2,500 stipend, with an additional $500 available as needed for housing and other living expenses.

The Fellows program is open to Birmingham-Southern rising juniors and seniors. The interns will be selected based on a written application that includes a specific advocacy interest, previous work, academic and service experiences, and goals for the summer. Selections will be made in February.

 
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