Local businesses are taking advantage of the paid internship program at the Office of Career Services at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

Nineteen students are on Cooperative Education posts at Pine Bluff and Little Rock for the spring 2019 semester, according to a news release.

Funded by Ascendium, the program provides UAPB students with hands on experience in their fields of study. During the summer of 2018, the Office of Career Services received the funding to create new paid internship opportunities and convert previously unpaid internships into paid opportunities for students. Some of the employers agreed to pay for additional interns, according to the release.

Students are working 20 hours per week with a salary range of $9.25 – $15.50 per hour. In addition, they will receive up to 6 hours of academic credit for electives.

Employers and the interns and their majors include Arkansas Community Corrections - Jason Harris, junior, criminal justice, and Dy’Nerian Gray, junior, Criminal Justice; the Arts and Science Center for Southeast Arkansas - Neba Evans, senior, multimedia communication; Captured Moments - Malik Gatson, senior, computer science; City of Pine Bluff - Nathan Morgan, junior, industrial technology management and applied engineering; Shelby Slater, sophomore, business management; and Crystal Branch, senior, human development and family studies; CHI St. Vincent - Elizabeth Galloway, junior, business management;

Evergreen - Paul Andrews, junior, accounting and Nikkia Edwards, senior, business management; Jefferson County Sherriff’s Office - Trenton Sudduth, sophomore, computer science and Keon LeFlore, senior, criminal justice; Pine Bluff Cotton Belt Credit Union - Malia Green, senior, accounting; Pine Bluff Workforce Center - Terica Brown, junior, business management; Southeast Arkansas Economic Development - Vincent Abraham, sophomore, business marketing;

State Farm - Jamar DeShazer, junior, business marketing, and Nyla Riley, junior, business management; The Strong Company - Byron Bender, junior, industrial technology management and applied engineering, Deserey McKinzy, junior, business marketing, Antonie Rice, junior, industrial technology management and applied engineering; and Tanyra Williams, senior, industrial technology management andapplied engineering.

UAPB’s Career Services office is supported in part by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education, Strengthening Institutions, Title III, Part B, Historically Black Colleges and Universities Program.

Details: Office of Career Services, Caldwell Hall, Room 202, or 870-575-8461.