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Iacocca Internships: A Challenge Update

Only $400,000 stands between Lehigh University and the fulfillment of Lee Iacocca’s $10 million vision for an endowed international internship program dedicated to providing powerful learning opportunities to Lehigh students.

Believing international experiences to be essential for all students, Lehigh’s legendary business leader Lee Iacocca ’45 delivered a challenge in 2011 to Lehigh alumni, parents, and friends. He would match, up to $5 million, any endowments created in support of international internships – real-world global learning opportunities to enrich the student experience.

To date, Iacocca’s grant has inspired $4.6 million in gifts for these practical learning experiences – leaving only $400,000 to go before the full benefit of the challenge can be realized.

Funds contributed to date have already been put to work. In the 2013-2014 academic year, the Iacocca International Internship Program and the endowed funds it inspired enabled 68 students to travel to 23 different countries. Last year:

Abigail Farrell ’14, Ralf Jean-Noel ’15, Stacy Sawin ’14, and William Sullivan ’15 helped implement a treatment center to provide safe, clean water in Wuvogumani, Ghana.

In Rijeka, Croatia, Cassandra Barker ’15 helped young student athletes increase their chances for a college education.

Established NGOs in the Czech Republic improved conditions for excluded minorities with the help of Lehigh’s Kevin Basek ’15, Claire Bradshaw ’15, Maren Gallina ’14, Hana Longenecker ’15, Estefania Perdomo-Calero ’15, and Alyssa Wedge ’16.

Read the full 2014 report online, and learn more about the tremendous value students have derived from this program.

To make a gift to international internships before the Iacocca Challenge is complete, please contact Dionne Jackson at (610) 758-2515 or