A $25,000 contribution from a local couple will create paid internships for Santa Monica College students over the next two years.

Daniel Greenberg, chairman and CEO of Electro Rent Corporation, and his wife, Susan Steinhauser, will also provide Santa Monica-based radio station KCRW assistance in areas where it is expanding.

“The facts of student life are that many have to support themselves while in school,” Greenberg says. “Being able to award the Greenberg-Steinhauser stipends will allow many more students the opportunity to work with KCRW.”

KCRW General Manager Jennifer Ferro added, “Students gain valuable experience working at KCRW, a leading public radio station with a mission to provide important and trendsetting programs, as well as original content on the new digital platforms.

“We have the ability to attract students with skills we need – like video editing or social media expertise – while exposing them to the kinds of work that can enhance their education and give them a strong reference on their resumes,” she continued. “Dan Greenberg is a supporter of both KCRW and of SMC. He and his wife wanted to make a significant gift to assist both organizations.”

Electro Rent Corporation is an electrical rental, leasing and sales service based in Van Nuys, which serves government agencies and companies in the aerospace, defense and electronics industries. A member of the Board of the Eli and Edythe Broad Stage at the Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center, Greenberg recently served as chair of the Reed College Board of Trustees and is on the National Public Radio Foundation’s Board of Trustees.

Steinhauser currently serves on the California Arts Council and the Hammer Museum’s Board of Overseers.

The paid internships will begin Feb. 16, the start of the spring 2011 academic semester.