Celebrating 10 years of Service through the Community Partnership Program (CPP), State Farm has provided an opportunity for 105 Illinois Wesleyan University (IWU) students to contribute over 16,800 hours of service to nonprofit organizations in Central Illinois. Since 2006, State Farm and IWU have partnered with the Action Research Center (ARC) to create the CPP. State Farm hires IWU students for 11 weeks as full-time interns over the summer. For three days a week, CPP interns are placed in departments at State Farm where they are assigned projects and responsibilities that apply and develop their skills. The remaining two days a week, CPP interns are placed at local nonprofits to create systemic change and to engage the students in meaningful community development.
2016 CPP intern Devon Robbins utilizes her finance learnings from IWU in the Convention and Travel department of State Farm three days a week by analyzing event data to develop procedures to increase resource efficiencies. She then works the final two days of each week at the YWCA of McLean County assisting with the annual audit and implementing a new payroll system. “This has been a fantastic opportunity to develop my skills professionally in a corporate atmosphere and at a nonprofit that passionately embraces their mission to eliminate racism, empower and promote peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all,” said Robbins.
“The fact that State Farm pays its interns for two days in which they are working at a nonprofit organization speaks volumes to how committed the company is to serving others and being a leader in the community,” said Mardis.
Congratulations State Farm!