Davis & Elkins College and the Elkins-Randolph County Chamber are partnering to bring students into the professional arena with the new Summer Highlands Internship Program (SHIP). Student applications are being accepted through March 15.

Fueled by a $25,000 grant from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, local employers will be matched with 15 students based on their career interests. Under the employers’ mentorship, the students will gain hands-on skills and learn what it is like to be a part of the Randolph County business community.

SHIP is a leadership development tool focused on the young people of Randolph County. This paid internship program strives to retain Randolph County’s best and brightest from Davis & Elkins College and college students who grew up in Randolph County with the overall goal of diversifying and increasing the level of workforce-ready and educated employable talent. In addition to receiving pay for the internship, students will also be eligible to earn academic credit. This internship program is unique in that it trains tomorrow’s community leaders through dialog and business mentorship.

Participants will:

  • be assigned a worksite in Randolph County based on their major or work area of interest;
  • work at the business four days a week and spend one day with community leaders learning community development and leadership principals;
  • receive $9.75 per hour and can also be awarded academic credit based on the number of hours requested and a nominal fee of $110 per requested hour.

If you know a student who is coming home for the summer, encourage them to apply by March 15. To sign up, visit https://tinyurl.com/pe7uuad8.

The program starts on May 31 and ends July 30. If families plan vacation during the summer, this program provides participants with one week off, excluding the internship’s first and last week.

For questions or additional information, call D&E Director of Career Services Chris Jones at 304-637-1220 or email jonesc3@dewv.edu.