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Students as Interns: The Partnership with the Phalen Corridor Initiative.

Milburn, Curt.

The Phalen Corridor Initiative (PCI) is a multimillion-dollar community development project to help redevelop four inner-city neighborhoods located on a railway corridor on St. Paul's East Side. The major focus of the initiative is to build a roadway that provides access to polluted brownfields along the railway, clean up the abandoned sites, and attract new businesses and jobs to the area. These goals have led to the need for workforce development training and more quality housing, as well as the need to seek community support for and participation in this ambitious project. Beginning in 1998, PCI began a partnership with the East Side Community Outreach Partnership Center (COPC) program that has provided significant benefits, both to the initiative itself and to the students who worked with PCI. This article focuses on PCI's partnership with the East Side COPC and the outcomes and challenges this relationship has produced. The article begins with a brief history of the Phalen Corridor and PCI, discusses the assistance student interns have provided with respect to the organization's communications and community outreach efforts, and concludes by identifying the challenges of and keys to success in working with student interns. This article is part of a special issue of the CURA Reporter devoted to the East Side COPC program.

CURA Reporter
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Minneapolis: Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, University of Minnesota.
32 (1): 32-34.
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Reporter 32 (1)

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