New Fellowship Will Support Internships

April 8th, 2014 | Categories: Uncategorized

Andrea Casper

A new fellowship will help more SUNY Oneonta students pursue internships across the country and around the globe.

Created through charitable gifts by 1975 SUNY Oneonta graduate Andrea Casper in honor and memory of her parents, the Helen & Michael Casper Fellowship for Internship Support is intended to help make internship experiences accessible for more SUNY Oneonta students. The fund will be available for four years, and a total of $15,000 has been allotted to support students participating in internships from summer2014 through May 2015. Students began applying for the funding this week.

“Internships can have a tremendous impact on a student’s educational experience and career, and we’re thrilled that more SUNY Oneonta students will now have access to both domestic and international internship opportunities across the academic disciplines,” said SUNY Oneonta Internship Coordinator Megan Ackley.

From summer 2013 through this spring, nearly 500 SUNY Oneonta students received academic credit for internship experiences. In addition to increasing access by supporting students who might not be able to afford to choose an unpaid internship over a summer job, the fellowship will encourage students to intern in locations that would otherwise be unattainable by helping with travel costs and housing expenses.

The Helen & Michael Casper Fellowship for Internship Support was established through Possibilities Full of Promise, the 125th Anniversary Campaign for SUNY Oneonta.

“This generous gift demonstrates the impact of philanthropy in giving our students valuable learning opportunities outside the classroom,” said Paul Adamo, vice president of College Advancement and executive director of the College at Oneonta Foundation. “We’re grateful to Andrea and all the alumni and friends who have shown their loyalty to and appreciation for SUNY Oneonta by supporting this campaign.”