Connecting A Community
Four students made it their mission this summer to celebrate Springfield’s assets and continue to build upon the strong town-gown relationship the city and university share, while two students worked on a systematic effort to address the needs of at-risk youth in Clark County using a three-year grant awarded to Wittenberg, thanks to a newly created eight-week summer internship program. The interns competed against nearly 60 applicants for the six slots, and each received a stipend and housing.
Prior to beginning their respective full-time projects, the six interns, Ashley Manson ’09, Ben Adams ’09, Matt McDonald ’09, Taylor Hafley ’10, Aubrey Herbst ’09 and Brian Schubert ’09, participated in an intensive weeklong orientation, which included a tour of the city, discussions of the economy and community diversity, numerous meetings with community, city and governmental leaders, conversations with local residents and assigned community mentors, as well as on-site visitations of various agencies.
“The overall goal of the entire internship program is to pair students with select agencies to develop creative solutions to pressing urban challenges,” said Karen Reynolds, director of WittPath Career Services, and a staff adviser to the program. “At the same time, we want students to appreciate the assets of a community as well as prepare them to lead and advance the common good as active citizens in their own local communities.”