Category Archives: Awards and Grants

With WEDC grant, UW to help Wisconsin companies develop international internships

To compete in today’s global marketplace, Wisconsin companies need people who have the skills to operate abroad. Studies, however, indicate that this need is not being fully met.

A $50,000 grant from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) will enable the University of Wisconsin–Madison to work with eight to 12 small and medium-sized Wisconsin companies on developing the global talent they need, while creating more opportunities for UW–Madison students to cross the bridge from academics into practice.

The International Internship Program (IIP), within the UW–Madison Division of International Studies, will lead this effort, which involves using grant funds to help companies defray the costs of creating internships with an international focus. Most of these internships will likely occur during the summer of 2015.

Other university partners in this initiative are the Office of Corporate Relations, Office of Industrial Partnerships, and career centers across campus.

4 UW-Madison students receive Gilman Scholarships for fall 2014 study abroad

Four students from the University of Wisconsin–Madison are among more than 800 American undergraduates from 330 U.S. colleges and universities awarded the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Each Gilman Scholar receives up to $5,000 to apply towards study abroad program costs.  The program aims to diversify the population of students who study abroad and the countries and regions where they go.  Students receiving a federal Pell Grant from two- and four-year institutions who will be studying abroad or participating in an international internship for academic credit are eligible.

“Living and learning in a vastly different environment of another nation not only exposes our students to alternate views, but also adds an enriching social and cultural experience,” says Gilman, who retired in 2002 after serving in the House of Representatives for 30 years and chairing the House Foreign Relations Committee. “It also provides our students with the opportunity to return home with a deeper understanding of their place in the world, encouraging them to be a contributor, rather than a spectator in the international community.”

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