Emma Allen and Abbigayl “Abbi” Eldridge will be summer interns at the Ripley County Community Foundation. These summer internships are intended to provide real-life work experience for students wishing to advance their educational and personal development. Through this internship, Allen and Eldridge will aid the RCCF staff while experiencing the role that the foundation plays in the community’s quality of life.

Both students first joined the foundation through Oldenburg Academy’s internship program this past year and are 2019 OA graduates.

Allen, who lives in Batesville, will be attending Tulane University, New Orleans, next fall and plans on majoring in political economy and English. Throughout high school, she was involved in theater, cheerleading, National Honor Society, National Business Honor Society, Academy Singers and Book Club. After college, she plans on attending law school.

“My first semester at the foundation was an amazing educational experience. I was treated as a member of the staff as opposed to a student and given tasks and responsibilities that pushed me and helped me realize my future career goals. I am excited to be returning for the summer and so grateful for the opportunity,” Allen states.

Eldridge, who was raised in Greensburg, will attend Indiana University, Bloomington. She plans to major in cognitive science and Spanish. In high school, she participated in Student Council, volleyball, National Honor Society, Foreign Language Club, Book Club and the Indiana University Honors program for Foreign Language. After she graduates, she plans on attending law school.

When asked why she is excited to return to the foundation, Eldridge says, “I am excited to use the skills I have gained during my internship for school and apply them this summer when I am given more responsibility as a staff member. I am very appreciative to be offered this position and look forward to taking advantage of this experience.”

These internships are funded by a grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. and are available as part of the Community Foundation Internships (CFI) program, which will be administered through the GIFT (Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow) program at the Indiana Philanthropy Alliance. CFI is furthering the endowment’s efforts to build healthy community foundations and provide high-quality internship opportunities in Indiana.