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National Symposium on College Internship Research

September 28

Registration is full. Please contact Amy Rivera for registration details at amy.rivera@wisc.edu

The goals of the inaugural College Internship Symposium are as follows:

  • To convey and discuss the current state of empirical research on college internships.
  • To cultivate a community of scholars, practitioners, and policymakers involved in studying and implementing college internships in order to provide networking and collaborative opportunities.
  • To provide a venue for in-depth discussions regarding critical design, legal, and institutionalization issues related to college internships.
  • To catalyze changes in how colleges, universities, and employers design internships so that they are equitable and high-quality for all students.
  • To put student interests and welfare at the center of debates and policymaking regarding college internships.

Speakers who will be discussing findings from their recent research on internships include:
Carrie Shandra (Sociology, University of Stony Brook)  – Implications of offering course credit for internships
John Nunley (Economics, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse) – Employer demand for internships
Patrick McHugh (Business and Management – George Washington University) – Comparative analysis of French and US internship characteristics and outcomes
Elizabeth Zachry Rutschow (Senior Associate – MDRC) – Evaluation of the Great Lakes Career Ready Internship Program
Janice Kenyatta (Internship Manager, Northampton Community College)

Panels at the Symposium will also highlight the voices of students and employers who have recently been involved with internship programs, the value of translational or applied research to make empirical findings actionable and useable, and recommendations for future research, policy, and practice.

Audience: We aim to reach a wide range of individuals and organizations that are engaged in designing, implementing, and supporting college internship programs that include:

  • Career services professionals in community colleges, universities, and high schools;
  • Internship program administrators/professionals;
  • Students interested in pursuing internship opportunities;
  • Employers interested in hosting internships;
  • Faculty/instructors interested in designing quality internship experiences for students; and,
  • Higher education administrators interested in institutionalizing quality internship programs.