NEW BRITAIN – A college student from this city who obtained a scholarship in 2016, will start a paid summer internship next week at the New Britain Youth Museum at Hungerford Park through the American Savings Foundation.
“This paid summer internship program is part of the Robert T. Kenney Scholarship Program at the American Savings Foundation,” Maria Falvo, president of the American Savings Foundation, said. “In 2017, the foundation awarded approximately $780,000 to 386 area college students through this scholarship program. Each year, the American Savings Foundation funds a small number of paid summer internships at area’s nonprofit organizations. These positions are available to current Robert T. Kenney Scholars who will have completed their sophomore year of college or above. This year, the foundation has awarded 15 positions at area nonprofits. Each intern will be selected, hired and supervised by the nonprofit agency offering the internships.”
One of the recipients is Cathryn Jordan, of New Britain. She is a third-year student, and a vocal performance major at Western Connecticut State University.
The New Britain Youth Museum at Hungerford Park is glad to have an intern such as Jordan, Lisette Velazquez, education program coordinator said.
Velazquez said that since the museum only has about 10 employees, it is a big help to have a qualified extra hand, especially when summer is the busiest time of the year at the museum.
Jordan said that the internship, which she will start on June 3, will give her “valuable” experience.
Velazquez told The Herald that Jordan has a lot of ideas on how she can incorporate art at the museum by helping children learn through music and singing, just like learning the alphabet.
“I’m excited to have her,” Velazquez said. There is uniqueness in her skills, and interest in the program, Velazquez added.
Jordan’s internship will be nine-weeks-long. She will be working approximately 35 hours per week and earning $12.50 per hour.
There is another intern that will be working at Klingberg Family Center, at Linwood St. But, there are 13 intern positions out of the 15 that have not been filled. Those will be at the following agencies:
Bridge Family Center
Bridge to Success
Central Connecticut State University Foundation
Children's Law Center of Connecticut
Dinosaur Park & Arboretum
Hospital for Special Care
New Britain Museum of American Art
New Britain ROOTS
YMCA of Greater Waterbury
YWCA of New Britain
Internship decisions are not related to the 2018 renewal scholarship application decisions, which will be made later this summer, Falvo said.
Karla Santos can be reached at 860-801-5079.