MACOMB, Ill. - Western Illinois senior linebacker Jamel Wilmore was recognized for his academic accomplishments by being accepted into the Minority Internship Program.
The program is for full-time undergraduate and graduate students. For undergrads who must be at least junior standing must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale. Graduate students are required to have a minimum 3.25 GPA.
The Minority Internship Program is a one semester, paid internship sponsered by the Illinois Board of Higher Education that allows full-time junior, senior, and graduate minority students to combine work and learning experiences.
The interns must work between 30 and 35 hours per week at an unpaid internship site, and attend monthly seminars. The full-time interns are appointed for a minimum of one academic term and are paid a monthly stipend of $1,000.
The participants will have the opportunity to interact with real decision-makers in their respective fields, develop personal interests and expand career opportunities, while gaining academic credit.
The intership sites are arranged by the student with the assistance of their academic advisor and/or the office of Career Services.
During Wilmore's senior campaign he played in all 11 games while earning Honorable Mention Academic All-Missouri Valley Football Conference. He recorded a season-high six tackles against Youngstown State.
As a junior, Wilmore was named the scout team "Defensive Player of the Year" and appeared in seven games. He also received the Commissioner's Academic Excellence Award from the Missouri Valley Football Conference.