Saint Xavier University (SXU) has been awarded $10,202 for the fiscal year 2013 Cooperative Work Study Program grant from the Illinois Board of Higher Education. This program provides many students with their first experience of working in a professional capacity and creates new opportunities for partnership between the University and local employers.
The Illinois Cooperative Work Study Program provides grants to both public and independent colleges and universities. It is designed to enhance public-private sector partnerships, expand internship opportunities, reduce student reliance on loans, encourage permanent employment of Illinois graduates in Illinois, and provide links between academic programs and employment. SXU has been a proud participant in this program for more than ten years.
The Internship Program supported by this grant assists students with securing meaningful, career-related employment opportunities prior to graduation. In doing so, the program also assists Chicago-area employers by helping them to meet their part-time, professional hiring needs. These internship placements strengthen the cooperation between the University and local employers, create new opportunities for public/private partnerships, and encourage students to seek permanent employment in Illinois. Eligible students must be undergraduate Illinois residents.
The program also provides much-needed financial assistance and indirectly increases student retention. More than 97 percent of SXU students receive financial aid. Students who are involved with this program have been able to reduce dependency on student loans and almost all who have been placed in an internship position have graduated from SXU.
“Many SXU students need to work to help defray the cost of tuition,” Assistant Director of Career Services Jodi Malloy Martin said. “These paid internship opportunities provide students with pre-professional experience directly related to their majors. It also offers them a chance to network with professionals in their field.”