Putting classroom learning into action through hands-on internships is a longstanding tradition at Lehigh. A recent gift will help fund those opportunities for students in the College of Health.
Linda and D. Brooks Zug ’67 have endowed the Community Health Student Internship Fund with a gift of $1 million. This endowed fund will ultimately support 10 to 12 College of Health students who undertake summer internships, providing them with a stipend for educational, travel, or living expenses while they work in positions at community organizations, not-for-profits, and other organizations.
The internships, with preference for students working with organizations in the Lehigh Valley, will benefit both College of Health students and the local community. A goal of the College of Health is to ensure that 100 percent of its students participate in experiential learning, such as internships, research projects, and study abroad. Health nonprofits, however, are rarely able to offer paid internships, and many students are unable to take on unpaid experiences for financial reasons.
“This is a special moment for the College of Health and for Lehigh. Gifts like this one – as the College of Health is developing its programs and its culture – will shape the college and provide opportunities for some of its very first graduates. This gift will allow us to ensure that the College of Health will be a leader in educating students who gain the practical experience that they need to shape the future of health and of our region,” said Provost Nathan Urban on the impact of the gift.
"With their gift, Brooks and Linda help make it possible for more students to accept an internship with a health nonprofit, including students who need to earn income in the summer,” said Elizabeth Dolan, interim dean of the College of Health. “The College of Health seeks to educate students from communities with health disparities so that they can go back to their communities to make a difference. The Zug fund will enable students to build crucial experiences to fulfill that career vision."