A Public Service Challenge--BPIP Internship Fund
Started in 2004, Bucknell's
Public Interest Program (BPIP) Internship Fund is supported by alumni and parents
and provides $2500 stipends to underclassmen who have obtained unpaid summer
a nonprofit, public interest or government offices. This
fund offers financial support for students who might not be otherwise able to
work at an unpaid internship without the help of the fund.
Q&A with Le'Andra LeSeur, 2008 BPIP Internship Fund
Major: Business Management, Art and Art History
Activities: Member of the Woman’s Basketball Team and
Scholars in Service
Intern at Atlanta
Q: Tell me a little about your internship.
A: I found my internship through researching on the
internet. I worked at The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center. While I was there, I
was placed into a bigger role than expected because of the small staff at the
Contemporary. It was a very comfortable environment to work in though and my
supervisor helped me become acquainted with the different programs they used. I
enjoyed my experience overall and would have to say that it helped me solidify
my career plans for the future.
Q: How did you find out about the Bucknell Public Interest
Program Internship Fund?
A: I found out about the BPIP through the campus emails and
figured I would go to an information session to find out more about it. After
going to the information session, I knew the BPIP would be a great opportunity
for me to be able to work at a not-for- profit organization in the arts without
worrying about it being a paid internship.
Q: What was the application process like?
A: I think the
hardest part about the application process was securing my internship within
the time frame. Once I secured my internship and was able to get all of my
paperwork in, the application process went a lot smoother. The BPIP Internship
Fund helped me in a lot of ways. I was able to dedicate all of my time and
energy to my internship without having to worry about getting a second job to
help with finances.
Q: What do you think are some misconceptions that Bucknell students have
about BPIP Internship Fund?
A: I think a lot of students feel like a lot of fields they are interested
in are not related to non-profit but in all reality; there are a lot of
non-profit organizations representing different fields of study. I know when I
was looking into applying for the BPIP Internship Fund, I was nervous that I
would have no chance of getting the fund but after talking to Emily
Dietrich (BPIP Program Director), I realized that there is a big chance to get
the fund since the amount of recipients has increased almost every year that it
has been around.
For more information about the BPIP Internship Fund, contact Marilyn Shull at 570-577-1012 or email@example.com