Monroe-Brown Internship Program

The Monroe-Brown Internship Program provides high quality internships with hourly wages, valuable networking opportunities and up to $6,000 in scholarship funding to all student participants. The program is open to:

  • Kalamazoo College: incoming juniors, seniors and graduate students
  • Western Michigan University: incoming juniors, seniors and graduate students
  • Kalamazoo Valley Community College: incoming second year students
  • Davenport University (Kalamazoo Campus only): incoming juniors and seniors
  • Michigan State University: incoming juniors, seniors and graduate students who graduated from a Kalamazoo Area approved high school
  • University of Michigan: incoming juniors, seniors and graduate students who graduated from a Kalamazoo Area approved high school

Students apply for internships directly through the participating companies, which will be announced each January. The employers will work independently to hire their interns, using the criteria and hiring methods that they choose. Based upon availability, each participating company may have up to two internship positions per program year.

Once the intern is hired, he or she will work for the company for a minimum of 400 hours between April 15 and August 31. (This is typically full-time for ten weeks, but can be customized to suit the needs of the individual companies and interns.) During that time, the companies pay the interns at least minimum wage.

Upon successful completion of the internship, as decided by the employing company, both the company and the Monroe-Brown Foundation will pay the intern a $500 bonus — a total of $1,000. Additionally, the Monroe-Brown Foundation will provide two payments of $2,500 at the end of each of the two successfully-completed semesters following the internship period. For tax purposes, all payments from the Monroe-Brown Foundation must be made directly to the school and applied to the student's account.

To apply for a Monroe-Brown Internship go to: http://www.southwestmichiganfirst.com/talent/monroe-brown_internship_program/internshipsearch.cfm

For more information about the program go to: http://www.southwestmichiganfirst.com/talent/Monroe-Brown_Internship_Program/frequent_questions.cfm

Grant Application

The Monroe-Brown Foundation is dedicated to higher education, specifically in Kalamazoo County and at the University of Michigan. In addition, it will promote the growth of jobs in Kalamazoo County which will accomplish its goal of keeping the most talented and entrepreneurial students in the community.

The Board of Trustees meets in January, April, July and October. Proposals must be received by March 15, June 15, September 15 and December 15 to be considered for the subsequent meeting*. Please download the grant application packet (34KB Word Document).

* If date falls on a weekend, submit by prior Friday.