Supporting the Pitzer Internship Fund
The Pitzer Internship Fund (PIF) is the result of generous gifts from Pitzer Alumni, Parents, and Friends to provide funding for unpaid or very low-paid summer internships. The goal of the Pitzer Internship Fund is to support student engagement in meaningful internship experiences that facilitate career exploration and the development of professional skills and networks. Both broad research and anecdotal evidence have shown that participation in internship experiences has significant benefits for a student’s long-term career prospects.
Each year, the demand for internship funding increases and students depend upon generous donors to help them pursue their career aspirations. Though any amount is appreciated, a $2,000 donation supports the internship experience of one student for the summer.
To donate visit our giving page. Thank you for your generosity! If you have questions about giving, please contact Valerie Mrotek. For questions about the Pitzer Internship Fund, contact Brad Tharpe.
Brandon Hull ’18
Internship site: Hospital Da Horta, Faial Island, Portugal
“For five weeks, I was able to shadow five specialists and follow them on their daily duties. It was awesome to be able to watch 60+ surgeries, tend to patients in internal medicine, identify infractions in x-ray and ultrasounds and just spend time with people that have similar passions as I do.
Margot Mattson ’17
Internship site: Instituti Ouro Verde, Alta Floresta, Brazil
I learned about how small efforts made by many people can be powerful enough to generate change. The NGOs focus mainly on providing an alternative livelihood strategy that would allow for sustainable agriculture and restoration of the Amazonian forest while simultaneously reducing the demand for conventional industrial farming techniques.
Maite Cortes Garcia ’17
Internship site: REACH Ashland Youth Center, Ashland, CA
I went into this internship knowing I was going to impact the lives of many children, children who had no role models or assistance. I learned many, many things about myself—professionally, personally and educationally. I also established many significant relationships with the students, workers and parents, and I certainly see myself returning and working there. I would love to continue working with these students and empowering them to be successful youth in our community.