College students pivoting to online internships during pandemic

Posted at 5:56 AM, Jul 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-09 08:29:37-04

MILWAUKEE — An inspiring update to tell you about that’s part of our Rebound Milwaukee series.

A program we spotlighted to help college students find internships online is changing lives.

We spoke to UW-Madison sophomore Isaac Wells who's from Milwaukee and has the world at his fingertips.

He was ready to start two internships related to his mechanical engineering degree, when the pandemic hit and it was canceled.

His hopes were not broken, thanks to his scholarship program All-In Milwaukee.

Then organization was able to help him pivot to a virtual internship program through The Commons.

Isaac says he was able to learn about marketing and advertising that will help him build on his degree in the future, “You have to be able to work with people and get your ideas across but also not suppressing others ideas.”

None of this would have been possible without the help of worker at All-In Milwaukee. Leaders raised $40,000 in three weeks to help 15 of their students to join The Commons virtual internship program, including Isaac.

“He’s incredibly inquisitive he is so committed to this college journey so it was a no brainer,” said Tiffany Tardy, All-In Milwaukee.

"We believe we can change our city one student at a time. We can change their trajectory, we can change their family's trajectory - and we think we can change our community," said Wagner.

And this was a $1,500 paid internship.

“Our students are 100-percent limited income students of color but they are also the best and the brightest our students have to offer,” said Wagner.

Here’s your Rebound Rundown:

  • Pivot to virtual internships like The Commons, click here to learn more.
  • Re-schedule internships to the following semester.
  • Work with your professor.

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