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CRMK-PNGVertical-300x266John Carroll University has received a $147,933 Career Ready Internship grant from Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation for the 2014–2015 academic year. The funds will be used to establish 38 new paid internships for juniors and seniors in the College of Arts and Sciences who receive financial aid. These internships will focus on the healthcare industry, an area of great importance and growth in Northeast Ohio. Students will have opportunities to work in healthcare technology innovations; health information technology; health communications; professional healthcare preparation; and autism, child psychology, and education. “We're very excited about this grant that allows students to gain invaluable experience in their fields of study, which will help them in their careers,” said Graciela Lacueva, Ph.D., interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “The partnerships we are establishing with businesses and nonprofit organizations in Northeast Ohio will continue to raise the profile of JCU and will benefit our students and the community in coming years.” Students majoring in any of the sciences, mathematics, or communications will benefit from these internships. Support for students participating in the internship program includes job-preparedness training, onsite visits by faculty, and opportunities for reflection and feedback. Sara Stashower, director of internships and experiential learning in the College of Arts and Sciences, will direct the program. Visit go.jcu.edu/glcr for more information about JCU’s Career Ready Internship grant program, including application requirements. About Great Lakes Knowing that education has the power to change lives for the better, Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates helps millions of students pay for college and repay their student loans. Through Community Investments, Great Lakes leads initiatives and funds programs that help students from traditionally underserved backgrounds start and complete a two- or four-year degree or other credential. Career Ready Internship grants, totaling $5.2 million, were awarded to 40 colleges and universities across Iowa, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin for the 2014-2015 academic year. This year, more than 2,000 students receiving financial aid who might not otherwise consider – and profit from – an internship will gain professional experience and progress toward graduation.