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Employer Webinar - Structuring a Beneficial Internship

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  • 1. Structuring a Beneficial Internship
  • 2. Welcome! • 4th in our series of monthly webinars • Hosted by InternInMichigan.com • Each webinar will be divided into two sections • Your feedback will be solicited for later use
  • 3. Today’s Presenters Dr. Lori Kerlin Intern In Michigan Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce interninmichigan@tcchamber.org Jason Pacely Intern In Michigan Detroit Chamber of Commerce jpacely@detroitchamber.com
  • 4. Housekeeping for the Webinar • Use the dialogue boxes to ask questions • Questions will be answered between sections • Links to view the slides will be distributed after the session
  • 5. Today’s Topics • How to secure an academic credit for your intern • How to establish responsibilities for your interns
  • 6. Internship Overview • An internship is any carefully monitored work or service experience in which a student has intentional learning goals and reflects actively on what he or she is learning throughout the experience. • Internship circumstances vary widely.
  • 7. Internship Overview • An internship is generally between three to nine months and can begin in summer, fall or spring. • Internships usually follow the starting and ending dates of the academic semester.
  • 8. How does a student obtain academic credit for internship experience? • Credit requirements for internships vary by school and department. • It is the student’s responsibility to manage the process along with the school Internship Coordinator.
  • 9. How to secure an academic credit for your intern • The student is responsible for contacting their department Internship Coordinator. • The student will need to register or sign up for the internship class. Jed Slagter, Intern Tower Automotive
  • 10. How to secure an academic credit for your intern • The student will meet with Employment Services or the Internship Coordinator throughout the semester for help with: – Resume - Requirements – Interviewing skills - Concerns • The student and Internship Coordinator will prepare a contract with the employer.
  • 11. How to secure an academic credit for your intern • The Internship Coordinator will complete a mid-point evaluation and final evaluation. • The Internship Coordinator may do an onsite visit. Ryan Lake, Intern Amway
  • 12. Check List 1.Student contacts department internship coordinator 2.Student registers for internship class 3.Student meets with Internship Coordinator throughout the internship 4.Internship Coordinator conducts mid-point and final evaluation 5.Internship Coordinator may conduct an onsite visit
  • 13. What are interns responsible for during their internship? • Interns are responsible for ensuring a successful learning experience. • Internship supervisors and Career Centers will offer you assessments. • Self-assessments are just as valuable.
  • 14. Here are a few ways to measure the growth of the learning curve: • Review the goals and expectations as listed in the pre-internship/first-day documents. • Check off the goals met. • Examine the assignments completed and note the new skills developed. • Assess internship supervisor’s final evaluation report and • Write down the positive comments in terms of work ethic and attitude.
  • 15. Measurable areas of progress • Assess confidence and self-esteem both before and after the internship • Note any gained new knowledge that can be turned into a class paper. • If grades are given for an internship, the increase in GPA is another sign of success.
  • 16. Work Samples • Collect all the items— reports, projects, documents etc.—and include them in a portfolio. • Written explanations of the challenge and performance in each instance. • The findings may be surprising and pleasing.
  • 17. Developing Contacts • Count the number of new contacts made during the internship (supervisor, interns, company personnel) • They serve as valuable resources when networking for future internships or jobs. • Improve relations with the Career Center staff.
  • 18. Revisit the Resume • Study the resume before and after the internship. • Note the additional entries that strengthen the resume (new work experiences, achievements, software/technology skills, etc.) • Add the details of assignments and accomplishments

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