Hiatt Announces 2009 World-of-Work (WOW) Internship Fellows

Students receive funding to work for organizations in 11 U.S. states and 13 countries

The Hiatt Career Center is pleased to announce the selection of 56 World-of-Work (WOW) Internship Funding Program Fellows for 2009. The program provides awards of $3,500-$5,000 to support Brandeis students in summer internships at organizations that do not have the financial resources to provide a salary. WOW encourages students to use the summer to explore careers that they are truly passionate about by eliminating financial barriers and allowing students to develop new skills while following their career interests. Students prepared for the rigorous application process by attending a series of information sessions and Hiatt workshops that began in the fall of 2008.

The WOW Internship Program is funded in part by the generous support of the Brandeis University Alumni Association. Two representatives from the Alumni Association, along with Hiatt staff, reviewed this year’s applications and selected the Fellows out of this year’s competitive pool of applicants.

“The WOW program is truly unique in that students cannot apply until they have already secured an internship and we support them every step of the way in this process,” said Joe Du Pont, director of the Hiatt Career Center. “Despite a very challenging economy, our staff was able to help prepare hundreds of students to position themselves strategically to get internships when organizations openly acknowledge they are hiring fewer interns than ever before. Although we would like to fund all students, every student who applied benefits because they have learned fundamentals of distinguishing themselves in a competitive job market and have secured an internship for the summer. I can’t say enough about the support we have received from President Reinharz and the Alumni Association to jump start this program.”

The WOW program’s guiding principles – Anywhere in the World, Any Career Field, Any Organization – mean that students can identify a wide range of possibilities that support their individual career exploration.

Hiatt administered the World-of-Work (WOW) internship funding program which included the Louis D. Brandeis Social Justice Fellowships and the Judith Cossin Berkman ’59 Endowed Internship Fund in Social Work, and recognized partnerships with the Ethics Center’s Sorensen Fellowship, Davis Projects for Peace, Eli Segal Citizen Leadership Fellowships, and Rapaporte Foundation Internship Grants. 

Through these and other funding channels, Brandeis provided over $300,000 to support students in academic and career exploration.

Click here to download a list of the 2009 WOW Fellows (PDF).

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