State Farm Provides Students Summer Opportunity
April 4, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Ten Illinois Wesleyan University students have been selected for
the State Farm summer internship program, sponsored by the Action Research Center.
The internship blends both for-profit and not-for-profit work to help students understand
how both sectors work together to serve a shared community.
This year’s program participants, chosen on the basis of experience, skills, and interest
in community work, are: Jack Bentley (junior political science major and philosophy
minor from Downer’s Grove, Ill.), Chris Burrichter (junior political science major
from Batavia, Ill.), Kyle Charles (political science major and sociology minor from
Davenport, Iowa), Erin Cox (junior political science and Hispanic studies double major
and art history minor from Rockford, Ill.), Josh Haraf (junior business administration-marketing
major from Justice, Ill.), Diana Lopez (political science and philosophy double major
from Aurora, Ill.), Emily Meade (sophomore business administration and music double
major from Canton, Ill.), Katie Nelson (sophomore English-writing major and psychology
minor from Mason City, Ill.), Jessica Olsen (junior English-literature and secondary
education double major and German minor from Rockford, Ill.), and Jennifer Schnupp
(junior psychology major and biology minor from Schaumburg, Ill.).
Interns will spend two days per week at a community partner organization such as Big
Brothers Big Sisters, American Red Cross, and the Day Care Center of McLean County.
The students will conduct program evaluations, devise return on investment models,
assess community needs, participate in board development activities, and oversee resource
“The program is a valuable opportunity to serve the community and bring value to the
students, university, partnership organizations and families they serve,” said Deborah
Halperin at the Action Research Center.
For additional information, contact Halperin at (309) 556-1357.
Contact: Amanda ReCupido, (309) 556-3181