College gets new scholarship

Larena Hernandez

LMC has been a proud member of the California Internship and Work Experience Association for approximately 4 years, according to Special Projects Manager and president of the CIWEA Board, David Wahl.

CIWEA was established in 1974 and its mission statement is to provide opportunities and support internship programs at two and four year colleges.

“Staff/administrator/faculty members pay an annual membership fee, students are not responsible for this.” CIWEA representative Sally Cardenas said.

As a member, LMC students have the opportunity to participate in professional development workshops and apply for grants and scholarships, the next one being the annual Bernard L. Hyink Scholarship.

There will be two first place winners, one from a community college and one from a university, each awarded $1,000. There will also be two winners for second place, one being from a CC and the other from a UC with an award of $500 each. Students must have participated in work experience either the winter, spring, summer or fall of 2012.

The fall application deadline is Friday, Nov. 16 by 5 p.m. with a maximum of 10 applications. Currently there are 40 students enrolled in work experience, and although no one has yet applied from LMC, the submission of applications has begun.

Applicants are to submit an essay about “How My Internship/Work Experience Has Influenced My Career.” Applicants must include a cover page with a title, college name and word count—no more than 750 words, which will be assessed based upon how well they articulate their career impact, creativity, structure and analysis. Judges expect all essays to possess college level writing skills.

The scholarship was renamed after Dr. Bernard L. Hyink in the early ’90s. In 1970 he was a Political Science Professor at California Sate University Fullerton and was CIWEA president in 1976-78.

In 1980, he founded the National Cooperative Education and Internship Association. Needless to say, he was a busy man and truly cared about his career and his students. His desire was to get students to learn through internships. Often, Hyink would meet the scholarship winners to hear about their experience. He died June 24, 2004 at the age of 91. The scholarship continues in his memory.

Applications will be certified and submitted Saturday, Dec. 15 at 5 p.m. The scholarships will be awarded April 2013 and CIWEA Chair, John Woodard, will notify the winners.

If you are interested in enrolling in work experience for spring, contact David Wahl at dwahl@losmedanos.edu or stop by CO 400. For more information on the Bernard L. Hyink Scholarship, visit ciwea.org.