POTSDAM -- SUNY Potsdam's Center for Applied Learning is celebrating a one-year anniversary.
College officials say the center’s interns working without pay created a “significant economic impact” locally.
“The new Center has created a significant economic impact for the local economy. Between the Summer of 2016 and the end of this semester, 329 students have participated in unpaid internships where they gained valuable real-world training as interns at the College and local businesses. Their work has created a total economic impact of $550,880 in that short amount of time,” a news release from SUNY Potsdam says.
This number is based on 50,080 hours of work by SUNY Potsdam interns at $11 per hour, according to the school.
"We generated $500,000 in labor savings for our local community, assuming that each intern's work is best valued at minimum wage. However, many of our interns are bringing advanced job skills to their work sites, and providing services which would be priced well above minimum wage in a competitive job market," Jenica Rogers, the director of libraries and college archives at SUNY Potsdam, said in a prepared statement from the school.
One of those interns, Anneliese Bishop, is wrapping up a social media internship at Brasher Falls Central School through the Center for Applied Learning.
"With her assistance, we are able to distribute more information to our community than ever before. She is creating a successful framework for this position and the future partnership between Brasher Falls Central and SUNY Potsdam," Brasher Falls Central Superintendent said in the release.
“The center brings together the offices of Experiential Education, International Education and Student Research in a one stop shop at the heart of campus. Students seeking applied learning experiences have visited the center, learned about their options, and received one-on-one advising as they plan for academic internships, service learning classes, student research projects, study abroad opportunities and entrepreneurial endeavors,” the school said in a news release.
The center’s website is https://www.potsdam.edu/academics/appliedlearning.