Gonzaga University has been awarded two grants totaling $118,200 to fund 18 internships from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust’s Vision & Call Program over the next two years.
The Vision & Call Social Entrepreneurship Internship Program will fund 12 internships with a $78,600 grant, while the Vision & Call Ministry Internship Program will fund six internships with a $39,600 grant.
The Social Entrepreneurship Internship Program will send interns to Africa in the summers of 2008 and 2009. Each summer, three interns will travel to Zambezi, Zambia, to help with the Zambia Honey Project, which helps local beekeepers market their honey and thus work toward self-sustainability. Three more interns will head to Porto-Novo, Benin, to participate in the W.A.T.E.R. (Water for Africa: Technology, Education and Reciprocity) Project, which is focused on providing clean drinking water and first-aid training.
The Ministry Internship Program grant will fund three internships on campus, which will extend through each of the next two academic year years. One of those interns will work for the Comprehensive Leadership Program focusing on organizing leadership activities for students, while the other two interns will work in University Ministry helping with student retreats.
All internships will be managed by Josh Armstrong, director of Gonzaga’s Comprehensive Leadership Program. “These internships will offer valuable resources toward improving the lives of the Zambian people, not to mention providing amazing opportunities and valuable life skills for our students,” Armstrong said.
The Comprehensive Leadership Program is an interdisciplinary, undergraduate leadership program designed to develop leaders for the common good.
The Murdock Trust’s Vision and Call grants support Christian ministries in which college students or recent graduates are placed in an experiential ministry internship affording them an opportunity to consider full-time vocational ministry.
The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, based in Vancouver, Wash., provides major grant funding in the Pacific Northwest to strengthen the region’s educational and cultural base in creative and sustainable ways. The Trust was created by the will of the late Melvin J. (Jack) Murdock, who co-founded Tektronix, Inc.
For more information on the Vision & Call Internship grants, please contact Carol Bonino, director of Foundation Relations, at (509) 323-6394.