Scripps’ Family Weekend 2024 Sponsors a Challenge in Support of Student Internships

Family Weekend Challenge 2024

By Kendra Pintor

Family Weekend is one of Scripps’ most popular and longstanding events. Families of current students are invited to attend a full weekend of activities showcasing some of the best academic and co-curricular programs the College has to offer. Family members can participate in two and a half days of activities, including behind-the-scenes campus tours, student and faculty performances, student research exhibits, and more. 

Join the Family Weekend Challenge 

We are excited to share that an anonymous donor has generously pledged a $14,000 one-to-one matching challenge just for current parents for internships as a part of Family Weekend. The total Challenge goal of $28,000 will help fund up to 14 paid internships for the summer of 2024. Internships provide invaluable experiences that contribute to the personal and professional growth of students. By participating in the Challenge, you directly empower students to pursue enriching opportunities that shape their academic and career trajectories.   

“Internships are critical to students for myriad reasons, perhaps most notably because prior internship experience is now the top factor employers consider when hiring new graduates, even over major and GPA,” Director of Career Planning & Resources Ashley Valdez says. “Internships are opportunities for students to translate their classroom knowledge into concrete skills, expand their professional network, develop their professional identity, and ultimately become more employable and career ready.” 

Your Gifts Impact Every Scripps Student  

We understand that the Scripps community has diverse interests and passions, which is why the Family Weekend Challenge assists with a variety of funding designations, allowing families to give toward scholarships, mental health and wellness resources, and more. Every donation, regardless of the amount, brings us closer to our collective goal. 

The Importance of Internships 

When Mena Bova ’24 first learned about the Ellen Browning Scripps Summer Research Internship, she was intrigued—and when she found out that the internship would focus on examining Miss Scripps’ book collection, she was enthralled. Bova took full advantage of the Scripps-provided internship and delved into the literary preferences of the College’s founder. Guided by Director and Sally Preston Swan Librarian for the Ella Strong Denison Library Jennifer Martinez Wormser ’95, Bova explored Miss Scripps’ role as a literary benefactor, notably funding a decade-long ornithology project. Bova’s research, the second student-led exploration of Miss Scripps’ literary archives, aims to continue bridging the gap between the name and the woman. Through the Scripps Summer Research Internship, Bova aspires to deepen the community’s connection to the remarkable legacy of Ellen Browning Scripps. 

With your support, we believe we can make a significant impact on the lives of our students. 

Learn more about Mena’s journey here, and learn how you can participate in the Family Weekend Challenge here.