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May 24, 2005


LEWISBURG, Pa. — Several students from Bucknell University will participate in local internships this summer through the Bucknell Public Interest Program.

They include:

  • junior Michelle Johnson, Honeybrook, who will intern with Union County United Way and North Penn Legal Services beginning May 30; Johnson's internship is funded by the BPIP Internship Fund.

  • junior Jessica Porter of Lewisburg, whose internship at the Donald Heiter Community Center began May 16; Porter's internship is funded by 1974 Bucknell graduates Jim and Karen Morrell and the BPIP Internship Fund.

  • sophomore Tuan Le, Vietnam, who will intern with the Geisinger Health System beginning June 13; Le's internship is funded by the Alumni Association and the BPIP Internship Fund.

  • first-year student Saskia Madlener, East Hampton, N.Y., whose internship with Sweet Meriam's Farm and the Middlecreek Area Community Center (MACC) began May 20; Madlener's intenship is funded by the Alumni Association and the BPIP Internship Fund.

Other Bucknell students participating in this summer's internship program are:

  • junior Joy Harrison, Miami, Fla., will intern with Florida Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen's office beginning June 6; Harrison's internship is funded by the BPIP Internship Fund.

  • sophomore Brianna Evans, Bellingham, Wash., is interning with Experience International in Everson, Wash.; Evans' internship is funded by the BPIP Internship Fund.

  • sophomore Eileen Saunders, Flemington, N.J., is interning at the Dental Clinic of Morristown Memorial Hospital; Saunders' internship is funded by 1959 Bucknell graduate Ellen Kellebrew and the BPIP Internship Fund.

  • sophomore Anna Wakulchik, Canton, Ohio, who will intern with the Hispanic Development Project at St. Bernard's Church in Akron, Ohio; Wakulchik's internship is funded by 1967 Bucknell graduates Tom and Barbara Sturges and the BPIP Internship Fund.

  • first-year student Rebecca Dillon, Lewistown, is interning at the Mifflin-Juniata Dental Clinic Inc.; Dillon's internship is funded by the Alumni Association and the BPIP Internship Fund.

  • first-year student Lesley Emons, Woodbridge, Conn., is interning with the State of Connecticut's Office of Public Defender; Emons' internship is funded by the Alumni Association and the BPIP Internship Fund.

  • first-year student Andrew King, Fort Washington, will intern with the White House Volunteer Program beginning June 6; King's internship is funded by the Alumni Association and the BPIP Internship Fund.

According to program director Emily Dietrich, BPIP was launched as a pilot program in 2001 and consists of Bucknell alumni, faculty, and administrators working together to educate students about non-profit careers and provide more occasions for students to experience non-profit opportunities and network with those in the non-profit sector.

Dietrich says, "This year we had 23 applicants apply, including three students who are studying abroad. Each student needed to secure a full-time, unpaid internship with a non-profit/public interest/governmental organization.

"Three members of the BPIP Committee served on the selection committee; they were 1965 graduate Karen Wolford, 1956 graduate Bill Lenker and 1957 graduate Pat Strachan.

"This year BPIP was able to offer 11 Internship Funds at $2,500 each, increasing the number of funds from last year by 57 percent through the generous support of alumni and the Alumni Association/Finance Committee," she said.

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Note to media: for more information about the BPIP program, contact Dietrich at 570-577-1238 or by email at edietric@bucknell.edu

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