November 18, 2015 at 2:00pm

Alumni endowed internship program offers hands-on work experiences

Henry H. Bolz Endowed Internship program

Millikin University students have the opportunity to earn professional work experience serving as an intern with the Greater Decatur Chamber of Commerce. 

Millikin alumni W. Christian Olsen '74, and his wife, Deborah Moore Olsen '74, launched the Henry H. Bolz Endowed Internship program on Feb 12, 2015. The endowment honors the memory of Mr. Olsen's 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.

Chris Olsen is currently vice president of community and government affairs for Tate & Lyle in Hoffman Estates, Ill. Olsen is responsible for federal, state, and local government relations as well as community and media relations for all Tate & Lyle facilities in the United States.

"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," said Olsen during the announcement of the internship program last February. "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 making a contribution to the future success of the community."

Henry H. Bolz Endowed Internship program

During the internship, students will obtain hands-on, meaningful work experience designed to meet academic and career goals. The internship offers Millikin Tabor School of Business, Communication, or Political Science students responsibilities such as research, writing, survey, database management, web page maintenance, communications, and event preparation. 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 first-hand advocacy for growth and development in Decatur and Macon County," said Millikin University President Dr. Patrick E. White. "We are grateful for this inspiring gift that empowers Millikin students to engage in service of our community while practicing Performance Learning, one more sign of Millikin's role as Decatur's university."

Henry H. Bolz Endowed Internship program

The Henry H. Bolz Internship will be held during the spring semester of the academic year, starting in January and ending in May. To qualify for the internship, students must be a junior or senior and have a minimum 3.0 overall grade point average. Internship applications are due by Nov. 30.

The Greater Decatur Chamber of Commerce was chartered on July 3, 1903, and is recognized as the second oldest Chamber of Commerce in the state of Illinois. The Chamber's mission is to be a pro-business network providing service, political advocacy, and leadership to strengthen education, community image, and local businesses.

For further information about the Henry H. Bolz Endowed Internship, please contact Jaclyn Cantwell, Tabor internship & MBA program coordinator, by e-mail at or call 217.424.3503.