Matching young talent with great opportunities is what the Monroe-Brown Internship Program is all about.

This collaboration between Southwest Michigan First and the Monroe-Brown Foundation delivers one of the nation’s most rewarding internship programs. College and university students get not only funding for higher education — $3,500 in scholarships in addition to wages — but, more importantly, applied career experience in the Southwest Michigan business community.

The program is open to in-coming juniors, seniors and graduate students who will be full-time students during the fall 2018 semester and attending Kalamazoo College, Western Michigan University, Davenport University (Kalamazoo Campus Only), Michigan State University, University of Michigan and second-year students at Kalamazoo Valley Community College. Students attending Michigan State University and the University of Michigan must have graduated from high school in the Greater Kalamazoo area.

Eligible internships must be geographically located in Kalamazoo County.

You can browse 2018 Monroe-Brown Internships here once available. Available internships will come online in January 2018.

Frequent Questions

Who is eligible?

The program is open to all in-coming juniors, seniors or graduate students who will be full-time students during the fall 2018 semester and attending Kalamazoo College, Western Michigan University, Davenport University (Kalamazoo Campus Only), Michigan State University, University of Michigan and second-year students at Kalamazoo Valley Community College.

Students attending Michigan State University and the University of Michigan must have graduated from high school in the Greater Kalamazoo area. All eligible candidates must be full-time students in good standing with their schools.

If I’m attending Michigan State University or the University of Michigan, which one of the Greater Kalamazoo area high schools must I have attended?

  • Allegan Public Schools – Allegan High School
  • Climax-Scotts Community Schools – Climax-Scotts High School
  • Comstock Public Schools – Comstock High School
  • Galesburg-Augusta Community Schools – Galesburg-Augusta High School
  • Gull Lake Community Schools – Gull Lake High School
  • Hackett Catholic Central High School – Kalamazoo
  • Heritage Christian Academy High School – Kalamazoo
  • Kalamazoo Public Schools – Kalamazoo Central High School
  • Kalamazoo Public Schools – Loy Norrix High School
  • Kalamazoo Christian High School – Kalamazoo
  • Lawton Community Schools – Lawton High School
  • Mattawan Consolidated Schools – Mattawan High School
  • Otsego Public Schools – Otsego High School
  • Parchment School District – Parchment High School
  • Paw Paw Public Schools – Paw Paw High School
  • Plainwell Community Schools
  • Portage Public Schools – Portage Central High School
  • Portage Public Schools – Portage Northern High School
  • Reformed Heritage Christian School – Kalamazoo
  • Schoolcraft Community Schools – Schoolcraft High School
  • Vicksburg Community Schools – Vicksburg High School

If I was chosen as a Monroe-Brown Intern in 2017, will I be able to participate in 2018?

Yes, students are allowed to participate in the program in multiple years if they meet the above eligibility requirements and are selected by one of the participating companies.

How are the interns selected?

Each participating company chooses their interns using their own hiring methods and criteria. Interested students should contact the companies directly and ask them how to apply for a Monroe-Brown Internship.

How much money is awarded in the Monroe-Brown Internship Program?

Students receive at least minimum wage from the company for working a minimum of 400 hours during the summer. Upon completion of the internship, they are then given a $1,000 bonus – $500 from the Monroe-Brown Foundation and $500 from the company. In addition, one payment of $2,500 will be awarded at the end of the semester immediately following the internship. The payment will be made directly to the student’s account at their school. Altogether, interns selected to participate in the program will receive $3,500 in scholarship funding plus the hourly wage paid by the employer, totaling at least $6,900.

Why is the scholarship money paid directly to the school and not to the intern?

Upon successful completion of the internship, the employer pays the student a $500 bonus. The Monroe-Brown Foundation then provides a $500 scholarship that must be paid directly to the school into the student’s account. Then, one $2,500 payment will also be made to the school in the student’s account at the completion of the student’s first semester following the internship. This money is paid directly to the school because the Monroe-Brown Foundation is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization, it cannot provide any funding directly to an individual.

What if my education is already paid for? Will I still receive the $3,000 scholarship?

Yes, each payment of the scholarship from the Monroe-Brown Foundation must go through the school, regardless of whether the student owes money on his or her tuition or if the account is paid in full. Scholarship money will be applied to any outstanding balances or fees in the student’s account. In the case that there is no remaining balance to be paid on a student’s account, the school should issue a check for the surplus directly to the student.

In addition to the money awarded with this program, what benefits do students receive?

Students chosen to participate in the Monroe-Brown Internship Program will build valuable relationships in Southwest Michigan’s business community, not only at their workplaces, but also at program events and activities available exclusively to this group of students. Most importantly, Monroe-Brown internships incorporate hands-on learning of the skills and experience necessary for success in the student’s chosen career/industry.

When is the deadline for submitting applications?

Applications have not yet opened for 2018 Monroe-Brown Internships. Stay tuned for future opportunities!

What employers are participating in the Monroe-Brown Internship Program?

Employers for 2018 internships have not yet been selected. Here’s a sample of employers who participated in 2017:

  • AVB
  • Consumers Credit Union
  • CRB
  • CSM Group, Inc.
  • Eckert Wordell
  • Edwards Garment
  • Fabri-Kal
  • Inter-Source Recovery Systems, Inc.
  • Jaqua Realtors
  • Landscape Forms
  • LVM Capital Management
  • Miller-Davis Company
  • Schupan & Sons
  • Southwest Michigan First
  • TowerPinkster
  • WSI