MARQUETTE — Ahead of the Student Leader Fellowship Program’s graduation on Friday, we highlighted two NMU students who completed their community service internships.

Here is Michael’s story.

For his community service internship, Michael Stamm, a junior at NMU, partnered with a well-loved local organization – the Peter White Public Library. Michael has spent 100 hours this year helping out wherever the youth services area needs assistance.

“I’ve helped with the Dr. Seuss Party, the Christmas parties, we’re actually having a Pirate/Princess Party this Friday. I’ve done a lot of craft prep for those things,” said Stamm.

In addition to preparing for and helping out with library events, Michael is also helping with several big projects, one of which is moving the library to its temporary location in the Westwood Mall. Youth Services Librarian Sarah Rehborg said that having Michael’s has help has been great, and that the hours he has spent on prep work and other projects has saved her staff a great deal of time so they could focus on other tasks.

“It’s been so great to be a host for these kids in this program. Hopefully, they are gaining a valuable experience working here, but we are really gaining a lot of invaluable help,” she said.

Michael isn’t the first SLFP intern at the library, and he won’t be the last, but he said the experience has left a lasting impression.

“The big thing that I’ve learned through this internship is that it’s a lot easier to get involved in the community than you ever think it is, and it’s a lot more fun. You have a lot of fun, especially when you’re working with kids. It’s a great way to get involved and see what their interactions are and what they want to do.”

Michael has one more year at NMU before he graduates with a degree in forensic biochemistry. He will also work for SLFP in the Center for Student Enrichment.

To read about Chloe Rinkel’s Community Service Internship with Cat Packs, click HERE. We will have coverage of the SLFP Graduation on Friday.