The Graduate School of Business and the Lowell Bennion Community Service Center at the University of Utah have started their second corporate social responsibility internship program, and this year two companies are participating.
The internships are designed to expose graduate students in business to those organizations that exemplify a high value for corporate social responsibility and exhibit community involvement, said John W. Seyboldt, dean of the Graduate School of Business and the College of Business.During a luncheon in the Alta Club, program officials announced that Karen Sargent will intern with Intermountain Health Care and Patricia Devine, Christian J. Wood and Janet J. Forsyth will intern with KUTV, Channel 2.
Scott Parker, IHC president and chief executive officer, said that his company provides health care for everyone, including the homeless and the poor, and the internship program will present a good opportunity for an intern to witness IHC's social efforts in providing health care.
Jeff Hatch, KUTV president, said his station has been instrumental in the formation of Project 2000 and Coalition for Utah's Future (which have been merged), and the three interns will be involved in addressing the long-term issues facing the state.
The interns will spend about six hours per week working with their companies starting in January and continuing for several months. An essential part of the program is a commitment from the chief executive officer to spend personal time exploring issues of corporate involvement in the community.