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Presented by Craig Gilden, Mary Beth Mercatoris, and Evelyn Meisell at the ACA & APSA Professional Development Day conference on 2/17/11. Details how interns will benefit your department and the

Presented by Craig Gilden, Mary Beth Mercatoris, and Evelyn Meisell at the ACA & APSA Professional Development Day conference on 2/17/11. Details how interns will benefit your department and the
specifics of developing a mutually beneficial working relationship with an intern and the Higher Education Administration program. See "Branching Out Handouts" as an additional resource.

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  • Branching out
    How Graduate Students can be an Asset for your Department
    Dr. Mary Beth Mercatoris
    Craig Gilden
    Evelyn Meisell
    February 17, 2011
    APSA/ACA Professional Development Day
  • Presenters
    Mary Beth Mercatoris, Ph.D.
    Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Student Activities
    Craig Gilden & Evelyn Meisell
    Master’s Candidates in the College and University Student Personnel Program
    Co-Chairs of the Higher Education Administration Student Professional Association (HEASPA)
  • Goal of Presentation
    Increase partnerships between Higher Education Administration Master’s Program and on-campus departments
    Internship Requirements
    Survey Results
    Personal Experiences
    Administrator Experiences
  • What is HEASPA?
    HEASPA is the student organization representing the Higher Education Administration Master’s and Doctoral students
    http://blogs.utexas.edu/heaspa
  • Master’s Internship Requirement
  • Survey Description
    10 Question Anonymous Survey
    Internship Experiences
    Advice for Departments
    Selection Factors
    Demographics
    Sent to 75 People
    34 Alumni
    41 Current Students
    31 Responses
    17 Alumni
    14 Current Students
  • 1: Factors for Selecting Site
    Location/Campus
    Staff/Supervisor
    New Area of Higher Education
    Gain Understanding of an Office
    Ability to Contribute to Department
    “I used the internship to diversify my resume as much as possible to make finding a full-time job easier.”
  • 2. Meaningful Experiences
    YOU (Supervisors & Co-Workers)
    Ownership over a Challenging Project
    Valued as a Staff Member
    Asked for My Opinion
    Ability to work with Students
    “The time that my supervisor spent talking with me was very meaningful. She took the time to learn about me, my aspirations and my thoughts on how to improve some of her programs.”
  • 3. Frustrating Experiences
    Lack of Structure in Internship
    Little Direction from Supervisor
    Not Included in Department
    No Feedback Given
    Few Student Interactions
    “My supervisor treated me like I had little experience to back up my ideas…. It felt a little like I was simply a temporary worker, and not much was expected of me.”
  • 4. Suggestions for Supervisors
    Make Intern feel Included in Department
    Give Intern Responsibility
    Provide Clear Expectations
    Include Weekly One-on-One Meetings
    Provide Helpful Feedback
    “Clearly define the learning objectives for the intern. Work with the intern to decide on appropriate projects that will help their learning and enhance the office objectives. Include interns in regular staff meetings so they can understand the bigger picture of the office’s purpose.”
  • Internships from a Departmental Prospective
    Why Did We Create Internships?
    Expose EDA students to Student Activities
    Provide supervision experience to professionals
    Great way for a unit to work on special projects
    Great way for an intern to provide a fresh perspective
  • Internships from a Departmental Prospective
    Items to Consider:
    Create a Job Description
    Create a Win-Win Environment
    Provide Structure
    Have Interns Work with Students
    Invite Interns to Meetings, Events & Trainings
    Involve Interns in Work Decisions
    Give Interns a Project to Own, If Possible
    Perform a Mid-Semester Evaluation
    Perform an Exit Interview
    One by Supervisor, One by Supervisor’s Supervisor
    Post Internship Again Before Semester Ends
  • Ways to Be Involved
    Meet with HEASPA Representatives about your Interests
    Serve as a Mentor for a Master’s Student
    Offer an Internship
    Google Document
    HEASPA List-Serv
    “Higher Education students have a passion for student affairs, and because of this unique, applicable interest, they will be committed and thorough in their work. It is beneficial to your office to give them extended projects and varied assignments. ”
  • Thank You!
    Dr. Mary Beth Mercatoris
    merc@mail.utexas.edu
    Craig Gilden
    Craig.gilden@gmail.com
    Evelyn Meisell
    emeisell@gmail.com
    http://blogs.utexas.edu/heaspa