Ashland University Awarded $444,000 Career Ready Internship Grant from Great Lakes

Ashland University Awarded $444,000 Career Ready Internship Grant from Great Lakes
Alex McHugh, a junior Business Management Major from Newark, Ohio, talks with Mark Burgess, Human Resources & Safety Director for the City of Ashland, during AU’s Fall 2015 Career, Internship and Graduate School Fair.

10/20/15 ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland University has been awarded a three-year, $444,015 Career Ready Internship Grant from Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corp. It is anticipated that the grant will allow Ashland University to create nearly 200 new paid internships for students with financial need during the 2015-2018 academic years.

“With this three-year Career-Ready Internship grant, Ashland University can expand on the successful 2014-15 pilot program in which 53 newly created internships were established with employer partners,” said Karen Carter Hagans, executive director of AU’s Career Services Center.

Hagans said the 2015-2018 Career Ready Internship grant will focus on the creation of 198 internship offerings with employers who are interested in developing or expanding a partnership with Ashland University’s Career Services Center.

“This effort will be launched through the membership with regional chambers of commerce in Ashland, Medina, Orrville, Richland and Wooster along with targeted outreach to additional employers who are interested in an internship program within their organizations,” she said.

The Career Services Center team at Ashland University encourages employers who are interested in creating new internship opportunities through this grant-funded program to contact the AU office at 419-289-5064 or email Karen at

Following three months of administrative planning, employer outreach and student recruitment, Ashland University will place eligible juniors and seniors in paid internships beginning in January 2016.

“Paid internships benefit students, colleges and employers,” said Richard D. George, Great Lakes president and chief executive officer. “Students gain meaningful workplace skills and are more likely to earn degrees and use their internship experiences to help secure good jobs upon graduation. Colleges will see increased completion and job placement rates, and employers gain a pipeline to fresh talent. It’s a win-win-win.”

Ashland University is one of 33 colleges and universities in Iowa, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin that received a combined $12 million in Great Lakes grants to make internships more equitable for their students with financial need. The Great Lakes grant period continues through May 2018.

About Ashland University:  Ashland University is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University ( values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.

About Great Lakes: Dedicated to making college education a reality since 1967. Knowing that education has the power to change lives for the better, Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates was established as a nonprofit group focused on a single objective: helping students nationwide prepare for and succeed in postsecondary education and student loan repayment. As a leading student loan guarantor and servicer, we have been selected by the U.S. Department of Education to provide assistance and repayment planning to more than 8 million borrowers—as well as assistance to colleges and lenders nationwide. Our group’s earnings support one of the largest and most respected education philanthropy programs in the country. Since 2006, we have committed nearly $154 million in grant funding to promote higher education access and completion for students of color, low-income students, and first-generation students. For additional information, visit