Kauffman Internships Are Available through MEC

Posted: July 15, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The Mason Enterprise Center (MEC) is recruiting student applicants for the Kauffman Entrepreneurial Internship Program this fall. The internship provides upper-class and graduate students with the opportunity to work with small entrepreneurial firms in Northern Virginia.

Students will be assigned to work with companies that need assistance in such areas as market research, operations, business planning, or other projects in entrepreneurial ventures. Students will receive a stipend of $3,500, provided by grant funds and company contributions, and they are required to work 20 hours per week for the semester (14 weeks). In addition, students must register for academic credit for the internship in their school of study.

The internship program has placed 23 students since the fall of 2002, and has funds to provide 20 more through next spring. “The program has been a great experience for students and companies alike—students get a real-world experience in a small company, and several were offered full-time positions if they were ready to graduate,” says Jody Keenan, director of the Virginia Small Business Development Center, who oversees the program at the MEC. “We’ve also had some repeat companies each semester.”

Applications are being accepted now through July 30. For information and details, e-mail Keenan at jkeenan@gmu.edu.

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