The links between Albion College, the City of Albion and the surrounding community provide incredible opportunities for students to learn at the same time they are giving back to the community. Albion has become a laboratory for small town revitalization. There is no place in America better suited to provide hands- on learning about issues that matter to every small town in our country!
It is a tribute to the scholarship that has continued here at Albion College for 180 years that a group of alumni who graduated more than a half century ago still care so much about those who have come after them. The Class of 1960 continues to demonstrate the value of our Albion network to our current students. This endowment will ensure that students interested in working in Albion will have that opportunity for years to come.
Greater Albion Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau
Brandon Veihl, '19, has been a part of the Albion business community while studying at Albion College. Whether it was delivering pizzas for Hungry Howies or assisting guests at the Courtyard by Marriott, Brandon knows what it takes to operate a business in this city. That is why he took an opportunity to work for an organization that supports Albion businesses. As an intern for the Greater Albion Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau, Brandon helped redesign the chamber website, putting more of a spotlight on chamber members. He also managed the chamber's social media accounts and summarized various community meetings for chamber members.
Brandon is considering law school and a career in city management. He hopes to focus on making communities more sustainable. his internship was extremely valuable to Brandon: "The chamber gave me an opportunity to not only expand my professional experience, but also, by working with businesses in a small community, gave me a chance to reflect on what my personal career goals are."
City of Albion
Starting as a volunteer her freshman year, Isabel Allaway, '20, has worked in the Albion City Manager's office since the spring of 2017. In addition to being a welcoming presence to citizens visiting city hall, she assisted with a number of projects from editing the city's comprehensive plan to writing grants on behalf of the Calhoun County Public Transit Taskforce to overseeing the installation of bike racks across the city. Isabel also led the creation of a resident and tourist guide for the city, a project that she will bring to a close as an intern with the Greater Albion Chamber of Commerce in the fall.
After graduation, Isabel plans on attending law school to become a civil rights attorney, but wants to continue to work with municipalities. She believes her internship, with support of the ACIE, has prepared her for her future career: "Regardless of the specific path I choose, my time as an intern for the city has given me experience and understanding that will benefit me in all fields pertaining to public policy or service."
Albion Economic Development Corporation
Beau Brockett, '19, the Managing Editor of the Albion Pleiad, put his writing skills to work as a Marketing and Public Relations Intern for the Albion Economic Development Corporation during the spring 2018 semester. Working for former ACIE recipient Danielle Nelson, '17, Beau was tasked with a number of projects. The first half of his internship was spent creating the AEDC's first-ever annual report. Once that project was completed, Beau generated a website and marketing plan for a local nonprofit, wrote press releases, and crafted a one-page document that highlights recent investments in the city.
Beau went from interacting with the "movers and shakers” of the Albion community to feeling like he was one. He appreciated his time with the AEDC and felt like he was part of something bigger, saying "I was able to take on so many projects and see how impactful my work was for both staff and for community; I would never be able to do that at a larger organization."
Since the fall of 2016, Elizabeth Barnes, '18, has worked at the Bohm Theatre. Through her work with Albion College's Theater Department, Elizabeth brought a lot of "back of the house" experience, allowing her to help with the technical aspects of special events. Her internship complimented this knowledge by introducing her to "front of the house" responsibilities such as dealing with performers and operating a box office. Elizabeth worked closely with Executive Director Nancy Doyal to understand the responsibilities of arts administration and expanded upon this education during the 2017 summer by interning for a small preforming arts theater in Chester, Massachusetts.
Elizabeth returned to the Bohm in the fall of 2017 as an ACIE intern to work in development. In addition to supporting day-to-day operations, she assisted with a capital campaign and researched potential foundation grants.
Reflecting on her time at the Bohm, Elizabeth said her experience was "absolutely outstanding," stating "I love having the opportunity to continue to be a part of the Bohm Theatre, which has been an economic driver for downtown and a place in town to foster the growing arts community." Upon graduation, Elizabeth is planning on attending graduate school for Communications and Media Studies.
Albion Food Hub
As an intern for the Albion Economic Development Corporation, Alena works for the newly created Food Hub and its director, former ACIE recipient Patrick Lopez, '15. Her main duties focus on the operation and marketing of the Farmers' Market that takes place twice every week. She also helps manage the community gardens in Albion that received grant funds as part of a SNAP-Ed program.
This is Alena's second summer in Albion. Last summer she was sponsored by the Foundation for Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity (FURSCA) to research the city's 2010 Recreation Department plan. She spent the summer exploring all 17 parks in Albion and surveying over 100 residents. Her work continued into the school year as she joined the Citizens Advisory Committee that updated the 2010 recreation plan.
Alena encourages all students to get involved with the city of Albion. "Right now, Albion is full of opportunities. All sorts of exciting things are happening across the city and students get to be a part of it by working and volunteering downtown. That's an opportunity you can't get just anywhere!"