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Binder #: 105 Major: Risk Management, Computer Science Passion: Economic Development Organization: Mid Central Community Action, State Farm Executive Summary: During the Community Partnership Program, I was placed in the IT/Systems Department at State Farm and my non-profit was Mid Central Community Action (MCCA). Throughout the internship at State Farm, I was tasked with assessing and[…]
Binder #: 104 Major: Mathematics Minor: Economics Passion: Neighborhood Revitalization Organization: West Bloomington Revitalization Project, State Farm Executive Summary: This summer I interned in the P&C Claims Department at State Farm and with the West Bloomington Revitalization Project for my nonprofit. It’s amazing how quickly a summer can fly by when you stay as busy as[…]
Binder #: 103 Major: Accounting Passion: Education, Youth Organization: Milestones Early Learning Center, State Farm Executive Summary: The CPP internship is a great program that throws you fully into the real world in the best way possible. With this internship, I had no idea what “work environment” was most suited for me. Thanks to this[…]
Binder #: 102 Major: Accounting Passion: Youth Organization: YMCA, State Farm Executive Summary: I interned in the Risk Management, PCU department (not Enterprise Risk) and at the Bloomington-Normal YMCA. The Risk Management department I was in was in charge of organizing, renewing, and revising insurance policies that State Farm has on their stuff from other[…]
Binder #: 101 Major: English-Writing Passion: Economic Development, Education Organization: YWCA, State Farm Executive Summary: During my CPP internship, I worked in the Enterprise Compliance and Ethics (ECE) department at State Farm and at YWCA McLean County. At ECE, I worked in the Business Office, whose focus is on “shared services” for the entire ECE[…]
Binder #: 100 Major: Psychology, Sociology Passion: Other Organization: Marcfirst, State Farm Executive Summary: My summer as a CPP intern was one of the best opportunities of my college career. I loved the 3-2-1 aspect of the program because it exposed us to not only the corporate world, but also to the nonprofit and community[…]
Binder #: 99 Major: Financial Services & Economics Passion: Housing Organization: Habitat for Humanity of McLean County, State Farm Executive Summary: I interned at State Farm Bank in the Human Resources Support Department and also at Habitat for Humanity of McLean County. At State Farm Bank, I worked on a team of six individuals including myself[…]
Binder #: 98 Major: International Studies & Hispanic Studies Passion: Education and Outreach Organization: Western Avenue Community Center, State Farm Project Summary: At State Farm, I worked in the Marketing department with the Strategy team that supports State Farm Bank. My main project was to organize the team’s SharePoint site and use this site t simplify the[…]
Year of Graduation: 2015 Major/minor: Risk Management Current Address: Chicago, Illinois How were you engaged with ARC? Not just the seminar/internship/fellowship but describe the type of project. During the CPP internship, I interned at Mid Central Community Action. I was in charge of organizing their NeighborWorks Community Assessment. This involved surveying the quality of the[…]
Year of Graduation: 2015 Major/minor: Environmental Studies Current Address: Benin, Africa How were you engaged with ARC? Not just the seminar/internship/fellowship but describe the type of project. I worked with the Peace Garden and developing the Rso also the fellowship was to develop a peace space/outdoor classroom on campus. Mixed with native and medicinal plants[…]
Year of Graduation: 2013 Major: Business and Sociology Current Address: Washington, DC How were you engaged with ARC? Not just the seminar/internship/fellowship but describe the type of project. In almost every capacity. Assumed the first Coordinator role at ARC coming out of college. Wouldn’t trade it for anything. Where did ARC take you professionally? Are[…]
Year of Graduation: 2013 Major: Political Science Current Address: Chicago, IL How were you engaged with ARC? Not just the seminar/internship/fellowship but describe the type of project. CPP intern who focused on culturally competent early childhood education and board member development at the YWCA, strategic planning for the initial stages of the Tool Library, grant[…]
Year of Graduation: 2013 Major: Political Science Current Address: St. Louis, Missouri How were you engaged with ARC? Not just the seminar/internship/fellowship but describe the type of project. I worked for Deborah the summer of 2012 as assistant coordinator and took the grant writing seminar. My project of[…]
Year of Graduation: 2013 Major: English Current Address: Muncie, Indiana How were you engaged with ARC? Not just the seminar/internship/fellowship but describe the type of project. I was thankful to have had the opportunity to work with the United Way of McLean County on their Reading Buddies program. With the staff of the United Way,[…]
Binder: #62 Major: N/A Passion: Environmental Sustainability Organization: Research on EPA Project Summary: To completely dissect the Clean Water Act, Total Maximum Daily Load, and Quality Assurance Project Plans. In order to dissect and define these I must read them and build a foundation in which even lament individuals can comprehend their meaning as well[…]