Millikin students will gain valuable work experience in a professional environment through a new internship program with the Greater Decatur Chamber of Commerce honoring a late Decatur business leader. Chris Olsen ’74 and his wife, Deborah Moore Olsen ’74, along with Beth Bolz Vincent and Jane Olsen Black, have created the Henry H. Bolz Endowed Internship program. The endowment honors the memory of their grandfather, the late Henry H. Bolz, who, for more than 30 years, was the executive director of the Decatur Association of Commerce and Industry and its subsequent iteration, the Metro Decatur Chamber of Commerce. The endowed internship program is a first for Millikin and the Tabor School of Business.
Chris Olsen, vice president of community and government affairs for Tate & Lyle in Hoffman Estates, Ill., is responsible for federal, state and local government relations as well as community and media relations for all U.S. Tate & Lyle facilities.
“This internship supports two parts of Decatur that have been very important to the Bolz and Olsen families for a long time: Millikin University and the Chamber of Commerce,” Olsen said. “Both of these organizations have made great contributions to Decatur’s success, and we hope this internship provides the opportunity for students to support their own development as well as make a contribution to the future success of the community.”
During the internship, students will obtain hands-on work experience designed to meet academic and career goals. The internship offers responsibilities such as research, writing, surveying, database management, web page maintenance, communications and event preparation to Millikin business, communication or political science majors. Students will be able to network with colleagues and senior-level executives while participating in educational and professional activities designed to enhance the internship experience.
“The Bolz Endowed Internship will enable Millikin students to learn and practice firsthand advocacy for growth and development in Decatur and Macon County,” said Millikin President Dr. Patrick White. “We are grateful for this inspiring gift that empowers our students to engage in service to our community while practicing Performance Learning, one more sign of Millikin’s role as Decatur’s university.”
To qualify for the Henry H. Bolz internship, students must be a junior or senior and have a minimum 3.5 overall grade point average. The first recipient was Molly Yablon, a junior business management major from Skokie, Ill.
“We at the Tabor School of Business are excited and grateful that the Henry H. Bolz Internship supports the newly designed Tabor undergraduate program,” said Dr. Susan Kruml, Tabor dean. “The new program is focused directly on skills, competencies and attitudes new graduates need to compete and succeed. Performing for and with third-party stakeholders is a hallmark of the program.”
For more information about the Henry H. Bolz Endowed Internship, contact the Tabor School of Business.
Dane Lisser is media relations coordinator for Millikin’s marketing department.