The mission of the Leadership, Innovation, and Liberal Arts Center (LILAC) is to prepare liberal arts students to be effective, self-aware leaders in their chosen life pursuits. Thanks to the generosity of Bryn Mawr College alumnae and other donors, LILAC is able to award nearly $350,000 in summer funding to support students in a wide variety of summer internships, in nonprofit, government, and private sectors.There are over 30 distinct awards that are made possible by our gracious alumnae. Awards support a summer internship of 8-10 weeks, at a minimum of 30 hrs/week. For the past two years over 80 students received $4,000 of funding through the LILAC Summer Internship Funding program. Freshman, sophomores, and juniors are eligible for these funds, though priority is given to juniors who have not received funding.
These funded opportunities allow students to engage in work environments in different industries and explore how that work builds on what they are studying and learning in the classroom, which directly supports the mission of LILAC. A few examples of organizations where internships were funded this year include Maryland Department of State, Christensen Institute, HDBank, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Epilepsy Center, Prison Radio, Women’s Way, United States Department of State, and K Plus Vietnam Digital Television. Approximately 24% of students are doing internships abroad, 37% in and around the Philadelphia area, and 39% who are located in other areas across the U.S. This year, the 68% of the students awarded were juniors, 26% were sophomores, and 6% were freshman.