Ensure first generation college students at UC get paid job experience in the nonprofit sector

UC Gen 1 House

The Gen-1 Program at University of Cincinnati, launched in 2008, has served over 300 first-generation college students, most of whom are low-income. Many first-generation college students need to work part-time to meet all of their living expenses. 

UC has committed to cover the core staff, tuition and some room and board expenses for the program. As part of the program, UC finds paid for-profit sector internships for students seeking these opportunities. However, students seeking nonprofit internships are often asked to accept these opportunities with no pay, which is not generally an option.

UC seeks support for Gen-1 student internships with nonprofits, that would leverage College Work Study Funds to pay students. 

Paid internships are ideal ways to try out fields of interest, build a resume, and earn money. Most nonprofits, though, cannot afford to pay student interns. Federal college work-study funds can pay up to 75% of a student’s wage to work in a nonprofit (health care, education, government or other nonprofits), so philanthropic dollars must be raised to cover the difference. 

Gifts to support this need would provide valuable experience and direct support to vulnerable low-income, first generation college students and provide free semi-skilled college student labor to area nonprofit organizations – a win-win!

How can you help? 

A $1,500 gift would trigger an equal College Work Study Funds match and provide enough funding to support one Gen-1 nonprofit internship slot for one semester at for 15 weeks.

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