Internship Fund's Spring Fundraisers Top $88K

The Class of 2014 Internship Fund raised more than $88,000 in its spring fundraising campaign this semester. The student-run fund, which dates to the early years of the school, provides stipends to students during summer internships in the nonprofit and public sectors, which often pay little or no salary. The fund will support 33 students this year.

The theme for this year's campaign was "All for SOM and SOM for All," a play on the line from Alexandre Dumas' The Three Musketeers. It was a sentiment that students and faculty took to heart, said Bukky Olowude '14, co-chair of the campaign. "We all worked together to support the fund and to create the community that is Yale SOM," Olowude said.

The campaign's events included Student Fundraising Week, which was held February 18–22 and culminated in Star Search, a talent show held at the nightclub Toad's Place and featuring more than 60 student performers. The event had record attendance of 450, Olowude said. Student Fundraising Week garnered a total of $45,356.

The Internship Fund Auction, held April 8–11, raised approximately $43,500. It included a silent auction held in the Hall of Mirrors and featuring more than 130 items donated by faculty, staff, students, local businesses, and alumni. A raucous live auction on April 12, hosted by Professors Keith Chen and Elisa Long, capped the week. About 250 people, many in costume, attended the event at the New Haven Lawn Club. Popular items included a weekend in a vacation home, a night's stay at the Yale Club, a hiking getaway with fellow students, and free coffee for a month at the student-run café Food for Thought.

The auction coincided with Yale SOM's Alumni Leadership Convocation; as part of their weekend at Yale, alumni participated in a miniature version of the auction held at Yale Commons. Alumni bid on items including one of the memorable bow ties worn by Professor Douglas Rae and cocktails with Professor Sharon Oster.

"Tahira Rehmatullah and I led a fantastic team of first-year students who were passionate about the mission of the fund," said Sonal Singh, co-chair of the Internship Fund. "The entire team worked tirelessly for months and demonstrated great leadership, persistence, creativity, and commitment to the cause."