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MIP Application Deadline Announced

September 14, 2012

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MACOMB, IL – Applications for the Minority Internship Program (MIP) are due Monday, Oct. 15 to be considered for a Spring 2013 award. The MIP is a one semester, paid internship funded by a HECA grant sponsored by the Illinois Board of Higher Education.

The program allows full-time junior, senior, and graduate minority students to combine work and learning experiences. The Western Illinois University MIP Campus Co-Chairs, Fran Hainline and Alphonso Simpson, Jr., along with a committee of WIU faculty and administrators, manage the application and selection process for WIU students who qualify for and participate in the program.

Participants have the opportunity to develop personal interests and expand career opportunities in their respective fields while gaining academic credit. The program is designed specifically for African American, Hispanic American, Asian American, Pacific Islander, Native American and Alaskan Native students who are U.S. citizens or permanent U.S. residents. To apply, undergraduates must be a full-time junior or senior with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75. Full-time graduate students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25.

Students arrange internship sites with the assistance of their academic advisor and/or the office of Career Services. While the MIP campus co-chairs offer direction and guidance in the site search process, the program does not perform placement services.

The full-time interns are appointed for one academic term and are paid a monthly stipend. Academic credit for enrolling full-time in an approved internship credit course is required during the internship semester.

In the past, WIU MIP students have interned throughout the continental U.S., Alaska and overseas, including London, Hong Kong and Australia.

"We strive to provide an enhanced experience for the interns who have been selected to represent WIU through the MIP. The financial support and mentoring available are designed to make the internship experience more rewarding for these exceptional students," said Hainline and Simpson.

Applications for the Spring 2013 semester are available in the WIU African American Studies office in Morgan Hall 232, on the Macomb campus.

An email has been sent to all qualified students inviting them to apply. Students who have questions about their qualifications can call (309) 298-1181 or (309) 298-2360 or email

Students on the Quad Cities campus can email Curtis Williams, MIP QC Liaison, at for application information. In addition, the MIP campus co-chairs are available to meet with interested individuals or minority organizations.

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