Started in 2010, the Illinois PGA Foundation’s GolfWorks Illinois is a vocational development program for Illinois high school and college students that promotes learning through hands-on work experience in the golf industry. Through GolfWorks Illinois, the Foundation brings together PGA Professionals and industry leaders to be mentors providing the next generation an opportunity to learn the business side of golf, give back to the community and earn financial assistance towards college. Working together with local golf facilities and youth golf organizations, GolfWorks Illinois benefits participants through experiential learning and classroom learning. In addition, the program has a charitable purpose/service-learning aspect that highlights the role of PGA Professionals serving as the “experts in the game and business of golf.
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The Illinois PGA Foundation’s GolfWorks Illinois is a vocational development program for Illinois high school and college students that promotes learning through hands-on work experience in the golf industry. Working together with local golf facilities and youth golf organizations, GolfWorks Illinois will benefit participants in the following ways:
Experiential Learning – A meaningful work experience via a 10-12 week internship that provides career exploration and professional skill development.
Service Learning – Promoting good citizenship and the goodwill of the game participants will take part in a golf-related community service project.
Classroom Learning – Encouraging the attainment of higher education, high school and college participants alike can apply for financial assistance through the Illinois PGA Foundation’s Scholarship Fund that includes awards for industry pursuits such as Professional Golf Management and Turfgrass Science as well as merit-based via a GolfWorks Illinois scholarship.
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Please contact Dana Gattone (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information if your facility is interested in employing a GolfWorks Illinois intern.
Chosen applicants will go through an interview process with the Illinois PGA Foundation and club representatives. Selected interns must have reliable transportation and be available to work 20-30 hours/week during the summer months.