No student internships at Hamline University will go unpaid, thanks to a combined $2.5 million in federal appropriations and donor gifts.
A $1 million appropriation establishes Pipers to Professionals, and donors gave over $1 million to secure the future of the program and sustain its momentum.
Together, these funding streams support living wage stipends that will enable interns to free themselves from part-time jobs and other commitments to focus their time and effort on their responsibilities and learning.
Over the past five years, Hamline students completed an average of 387 internships annually and only 37% were paid internships. Many students work two or more jobs while attending college and are deterred from participating in unpaid internships by the requirement to forfeit income. This is especially the case for many first-generation and financially-stressed students. Pipers to Professionals will work to level the playing field by removing hurdles many students are forced to navigate, such as food insecurity and other financial stressors, that hinder academic success.
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