Three Paine College students to participate in the Lina McCord Summer Internship Program

Posted by ncarter | 12/1/2010 03:01 AM

(Augusta, GA) -- Three Paine College students will participate in the Lina McCord Summer Internship Program. Kiera Cross, Keyla Connie and Alberto Argumedo were three of 12 students chosen from 11 Historically Black College and Universities (HBCUs).  They will join nine other interns on January 12-17, 2011 for their official orientation.

The Black College Fund Lina H. McCord Summer Intern Program follows a model of communication and interaction prominent in the Methodist tradition. The itineration enables and enhances understanding between and among groups. Therefore, it is an invaluable means of promoting the Black College Fund and the Black colleges, which the fund supports throughout The United Methodist Church.

The program was conceptualized by Lina H. McCord, Black College Fund executive director from 1979 to 1985, and Paula Watson, United Methodist Communications field representative. In 1981, two student itinerants were sent to the Northeastern Jurisdiction to field test the concept. The project was highly rated by both annual conference participants and students. Between the years 1982 and 1986, five students itinerated, one per jurisdiction, in the Black College Fund Student Itineration Program. The program was renamed the Lina H. McCord Summer Intern Program when Lina McCord retired in 1985.

Shirley A.R. Lewis became executive director in 1986. In January 1992, Lewis was promoted to assistant general secretary and the Black College Fund office was elevated to a section within the Division of Higher Education. Since 1987, successful interns from past years with exceptional communication and promotional skills serve as consultants and ambassadors and help conduct orientation as well as completing short, special assignments.

Students usually cross jurisdictions at least once. Students completing short-term assignments will itinerate for periods ranging in length of time from one to five weeks. The regular schedule of itineration lasts for eight or nine weeks. The itineration is exciting and informative.

The student intern program has continued to grow and to be well received by the church.
The students and their schools are:
Bennett College for Women - Usha Satish, Claflin University - Walter Lee and Kathleen Cramer,  Clark Atlanta University - Jarod Washington,  Dillard University - Bridget Sisney,  Huston-Tillotson University - Clifton Washington,  Meharry Medical College - Matthew McRae III,  Paine College - Kiera Cross, Keyla Connie, Alberto Argumedo,  Philander Smith College -  April Cotton,  Rust College - Noah Moore, Jr.
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