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We value hands-on experience so much that all students complete at least one internship, and it’s not uncommon for our ambitious students to do two or even three internships. Not only does this in-the-field experience enrich your classroom learning, but it also gives you an edge in a competitive job market.
How do you ensure that students get valuable professional experiences? It takes a little flexibility, a lot of creativity, and a whole lot of community partners who are dedicated to Alverno’s student-centered mission. We are grateful for the companies and organizations who welcome Alverno students to their teams for hands-on experience that enhances their Alverno education, including:
ArtWorks for Milwaukee
Ascension Columbia St. Mary’s
Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center
Baird & Co.
The Boerke Company
Habitat for Humanity
Medical College of Wisconsin
Milwaukee County Historical Society
Milwaukee Health Department
Milwaukee Women’s Center
New Berlin Conservatory of Music
Rogers Behavioral Health
Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers
Tri City National Bank
Voces de la Frontera
Walker’s Point Youth and Family Center
Hear from two Alverno students about their internship experiences as the college celebrates 50 years of its internship program and providing young professionals the connections they need for a strong future.
As an education major Valencia Griffin was drawn to teaching because she wants to be an advocate for all of her students.
“I want to be the teacher that students confide in and trust, and who helps the students master what they need to learn in order to be successful,” she says. “I want students to stand up for themselves and know they are the getting the best education.”
Griffin knows she’ll be ready to take the lead in her own classroom thanks to plenty of hands-on experience in her field.
“When I leave Alverno, I’ll know how to teach in person and how to teach virtually,” she says. “I have taught in low-income communities and my next placement is in a suburban community. I’ve taught in Catholic schools and a bilingual school.”
Not only has she gained experience in wide variety of school settings, but she has also formed a close and inspiring connection with the classroom teacher she has worked with at her most recent placement, Greenfield Bilingual School.
“She has taught me so much, the things you don’t learn in the classroom but learn on the job,” Griffin says.
Wisconsin Diagnostics Labs
United Community Center
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