Internships usually give students knowledge and new skills; some lead to permanent employment. For Andrea Walles, ’15, her experience went even further: she landed a seat on the board of directors. “I’ve been appointed to a three-year term, even though I’m graduating in a year,” says Walles, who spent a semester this past spring working with Albion’s Friends of the Bohm Theatre. The internship, offered through the Gerald R. Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and Service, was made possible by the Class of 1960 Albion Community Intern Endowment.
"I came back for the guys I came in with," says Chris Jakubik, '14. The Gerstacker Institute student and senior all-league cornerback for the Albion College football team slowed his course work last spring to take advantage of a remaining year of athletic eligibility. Along the way, he saw an accounting and finance internship at one of the town's leading manufacturers turn into a full-time position over the summer. For Jakubik this fall, it's a full plate of final courses, work, and football. "It has been a wild ride," he says.
More than 280 high school students from southern Michigan will gather at Albion College's Goodrich Chapel for Choral Fest on Friday, October 17. The Marshall Singers and groups from 10 other high schools will perform throughout the day. At 2:30 p.m., all groups will gather with Albion College students for a short performance featuring more than 300 vocalists.