Green Campus: For-credit Internships

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Green Campus: For-credit Internships

  1. 1. Green CampusFor-credit Internships Cynthia Leung Team Manager UC Irvine cynthiagleung@gmail.com
  2. 2. UC Irvine – At a Glance Founded in 1965, 2nd newest UC Campus Student Population: 28,000 Designated as a Tree Campus USA 2010 Ranked 6th Greenest School inThe Sierra Club’s Coolest Schools List 5 LEED Gold Buildings…more in construction! Dance Teams!...Kaba Modern! Green Campus – Fume Hood Competition &Sustainable U Program
  3. 3. Projects Snapshot• Education & Outreach – “Sustainable U” Education Program – Green Room Tour• Hard Metric Savings – Restroom Auditing – Fume Hood Competition• Green Workforce Development – Green Career Panel• Academic Infusion – For-credit Internship
  4. 4. Different levels of involvement Project Coordinators (7-15 hours/week) For-Credit Interns (REQUIRED 5 hours/week) Club Members/Volunteers (Voluntary hours, variable # of hours)
  5. 5. For-Credit Internship Overview• Worked on various energy and waterefficiency projects• Application required• Offered every quarter of the year• Open to all majors• Flexible hours• Earned 2 units of credit• 5 hours of work/week• Weekly news article assignment• Pass/No Pass Grading System
  6. 6. Preparation – Professor Sponsorship• Asked facilities management initially• Looked into professors with characteristics: • Sustainability minded • Independent Study Courses
  7. 7. Preparation – Applications• Application Form – Basic information – Roles – 2 one-paragraph questions • “Why did you apply for the internship?” • “What do you hope to gain?”• Publicize – E-mailed to the list-serve – Posted application on website – Passed out flyers during Week 1
  8. 8. Preparation – Internship Activities• Organize intern needs based on Project Implementation Plans• Create: – Timeline of which projects required the help of interns throughout the quarter – Spreadsheet 1. Outline of the week, theme, activities, and projects. 2. Intern Availability  Find a weekly meeting time. 3. Time Log to document hours – Syllabus outlining requirements and For-Credit Intern Schedule projects
  9. 9. Weekly Intern ClassOne-hour long1.Overview of upcoming projects for the week – Sign ups, assignments for project tasks2.Updates on project from interns – Discussion of any issues, comments, concerns.3.Intern presentation of news articles – 2 or 3 interns selected to present at club meeting4.Discussion & questions
  10. 10. Intern Projects & Roles• General projects based on need during different times in the quarter• Coordinator Roles – Volunteer, Event, Club, & Intern• Intern led-project – (New from last quarter!) – Worked together to plan & implement a Green Room Publicity Tour
  11. 11. Post-internship• Return any Green Campus items• Time logs submitted• Academic credit survey sent to all interns• Grades sent to the internship sponsoring professor by the end of Finals Week
  12. 12. Metrics• Average of 12-13 applications per quarter• 4-6 interns• Average of 30-40 hours of work per quarter for each intern – Internship doesn’t usually begin until Week 3• Cost = $0• For interns helping on Sustainable U:
  13. 13. Lessons Learned• Too little work – Have projects to work on from day 1 – Spread out work to accommodate test schedules• No-shows, missing assignments – Three-strike system• Not knowing how to talk about the internship – Set talking points – Practiced with interns
  14. 14. Next Steps• Intern Roles – Assess success of roles in internship• Extending internship – multiple quarters – Makes it possible to work on long-term projects – Less training, more implementation
  15. 15. Next Steps (cont.)• More collaborative work with facilities for projects – More projects to give to interns – Strengthens relationship and collaboration with facilities – Many potential AND actual savings associated with facilities projects! – Access to technical training, expertise, & consulting
  16. 16. Many Thanks to:UC Irvine Project Coordinator Team, Jeff Steuben, Ellie Kim, Professor Dele, Anne Kreighoff, andPast and Present For-Credit Interns
  17. 17. Questions? Cynthia Leung Team Manager UC Irvinecynthiagleung@gmail.com
  18. 18. Team Structure and Leadership Development at CSU Chico Jacquelyn Mercure CSU Chico jackie.mercure@yahoo.com
  19. 19. CSU ChicoISD office SSC 460AS and the collaborativeHave 4 project coordinators (Staff)Faculty Advisor Mark StemenCampus Lead Morgan KingUnit internships available
  20. 20. Past Structure1 weekly meetingInterns 8 +Volunteers 6+Everyone Works together to accomplish tasks
  21. 21. Problems with Past structureMeetings were really long/ rushedAll organization of unit interns was team manager’s responsibilityHard to keep everyone on taskVolunteers/ unit interns commitment was not developedStaff’s leadership skills were not developed.
  22. 22. SuperLeadership“The SuperLeader. This person leads others to lead themselves. The focus is on the followers. Leaders become “super” — possessing the strength and wisdom of many people — by helping unleash the abilities of the followers who surround them. The SuperLeader multiplies his or her own strength through the strength of others.”The New Super Leadership - By Charles C. Manz and Henry P. Sims, Jr.
  23. 23. Three Steps to Super LeadershipInitial ModelingGuided ParticipationGradual Development of leadership
  24. 24. Step 1: Initial Modelingin order to facilitate super leadership the first step is that the leader of the organization needs to set an example for the followersYour Probably already doing this How you speak to your team members How you conduct yourself with stakeholders How you conduct yourself with campus leads
  25. 25. Step 2: Guided Participationbegin self leadership in a more controlled safe environment and provide the tools necessary to make sure that the self leadership is a successNew Structure at ChicoNew responsibilities for Project CoordinatorsGreen Retreat Training for interns
  26. 26. Team StructureTwo meetings a Teamweek Manager1) Staff faculty advisor and campus Lead2) Staff and Unit Staff Staff Staff interns Member member member Unit Intern Unit intern Unit intern
  27. 27. The ProjectsCareer FairBMU lighting retrofitWebsite development and pledge
  28. 28. Step 3: Gradual Development of Self-Leadership followers slowly become more confident and more adept at leading themselves Changes at Chico!
  29. 29. Benefitsprovide long term high performance and job satisfaction (has some short term confusion and frustration)encourages initiative, self-responsibility, self- confidence, self-goal-setting, positive opportunity thinking and self-problem-solvingSpotlight changed from leader to followersVery high flexibilityAble to complete work without team manager
  30. 30. Team Longevity / SuccessAll staff are comfortable leading othersAll staff are comfortable leading their own projects with own deadlinesStrengthens communicationHelp identified a new team manager
  31. 31. Next semesterTrevor Prater Taking over as Team Trevor Prater manager• Two new staff members Jackie Mercure - Hilary Queen and Brittany BrenneckeNew unit inters/ volunteers - Approximately 6 unit interns Hilary Queen - Green retreat Brittany Brennecke
  32. 32. Thank You! Questions? Jackie Mercure CSU Chico Jackie.mercure@yahoo.com

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