June 5, 2013
Contact: Mary Moates ’14, Communications Assistant
They call it “CSI” for short and although there is some investigation involved, it isn’t of the crime variety.
For Maryville College students, CSI means “Competitive Summer Internship” and an opportunity to closely investigate their vocational choices.
Rising seniors Caitlin Campbell ’14 and David Haskins ’14 were selected to receive funding through the College’s CSI program this summer. The program is designed to enable MC students to acquire hands-on experience in a quality, professional, non-profit or corporate work setting.
Campbell, a theater major with minors in French and English, is interning as a Player Apprentice at the Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Va. For the next several weeks, she will take part in running crews, changeover crews and performances for main stage Barter Theatre and Barter Stage II productions as assigned, sometimes participating in more than one show a day.
Haskins, a biology major with minors in statistics and chemistry, is a field biology research intern in the Huron-Manistee National Forest of Michigan. This summer, he will assist in a collaborative research project between the College, Grand Valley State University, the Mesker Park Zoo in Evansdale, Ind., and the Little River Band of Ottawa Indian Tribe. The focus of the project is the American marten, and Haskin’s role will involve small mammal trapping within the marten’s known home range, as well as radio telemetry and processing of the animal.
The internships are funded through the College’s Center for Calling & Career (CC&C). The center requires students to research internships of their choice then apply for a CSI grant.
For their chosen practical experiences, both Campbell and Haskins will receive a $1,500 stipend, plus up to $1,850 expense money for travel, room and board, which is awarded on an individual basis. The students will be required to work under a supervisor, as well as at an internship that is approximately 10 weeks long, with a 35 to 40-hours-per week schedule.
“CSI grants allow some students to take internships that they might not otherwise be able to afford,” said Dr. Rusty Winchester, director of discernment at the CC&C. “They defray at least some of the cost of unpaid placements that would have otherwise been borne solely by the students and their families.”
Winchester said that the significance of the CSI grants for students is related to the overall importance of students having internship experiences in general. He said that not only do the internships further opportunities to clarify professional directions, but they also provide real-world experiences, skill-building opportunities and a stronger résumé in comparison to other students who have not had a practical experience.
Applicants for the CSI were judged on their application essays, quality of application materials, academic and achievement records, financial needs, quality of internship pursuits, judicial and academic records and geographic diversities.
“Being selected to receive this grant form among many other worthy applicants is a résumé builder even before going out to do the internship itself,” Winchester said.
Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state‘s third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for its academic rigor and its focus on the liberal arts, Maryville is where students come to stretch their minds, stretch themselves and learn how to make a difference in the world. Total enrollment for the fall 2013 semester was 1,168.