The 2nd Annual Symposium on College Internship Research will be on October 23-24 in Madison, Wisconsin!
The theme of this year’s symposium is “Internships & 21st century skills: Exploring issues of language, equity and quality."
College internships can be valuable experiential learning opportunities where students gain experience, professional contacts, and 21st century competencies. Yet few venues exist for scholars, practitioners, policymakers, employers and students to learn from the multi-disciplinary research community and from one another about these crucial topics.
Evidence is also growing that the quality of internship programs is mixed, that opportunities may be inaccessible to low-income and working students, and that some organizations lack the resources and expertise to implement high-quality programs. While internships have the potential to cultivate the so-called 21st century competencies – such as communication, teamwork, and problem-solving – few have examined whether this is in fact true and how programs should be designed in order to focus on these skills. Finally, an issue plaguing both research and practice is that of language, with competing definitions and cultural constructions of both internships and 21st century competencies.
We invite researchers, career services and student affairs professionals, employers, advocates, college students, and legislators to attend this year’s symposium. Come ready to learn and partner with your colleagues and:
- Learn about the latest research on internships and their relationship to 21st century competencies from scholars in labor economics, sociology, higher education, vocational psychology, and other fields;
- Hear about problems of practice and strategies to overcome them from practitioners in the field;
- Develop new strategies and ideas about program design, implementation and evaluation for your own institution and student body;
- Help shape and improve state and federal policies regarding internships and 21st century competencies; and,
- Contribute your own ideas and experiences to a growing national movement to create equitable and meaningful internships and experiential learning opportunities for all students regardless of race, class, gender, major, or institutional affiliation.
The program will feature 3 tracks that run throughout the panels, breakouts, and workshops: Strategies for college-employer partnerships, Designing effective learning spaces for 21st skills, and Inequalities in the intern economy: Geography, major, and race/ethnicity.
Who should attend the symposium?
- Researchers across the social sciences interested in work-based learning, skills development, and equity-related issues in higher education
- Career services professionals interested in improving internship programs
- Instructional designers, STEM educators, and faculty interested in integrating “21st century” skills into the postsecondary curriculum
- Postsecondary leaders and advocates interested in equity and access issues in higher education
Speakers and Panelists include:
Kenote by Dr. April Kedrowicz, North Carolina State University, an expert on how to teach discipline-specific forms of communication;
- Keynote by Ross Perlin, author of Intern Nation: How to Earn Nothing and Learn Little in the Brave New Economy (2011);
- Cindy Ann Kilgo, Assistant Professor of Higher Education Administration, University of Alabama
- Alex Frenette, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Vanderbilt University
- Darryl Ann Watkins, United Negro College Fund, Senior Program Manager, Career Pathways Initiative
- Christian Corrales, University of Texas-El Paso, Employer & Community Relations Manager
- More to come
Call for proposals
Proposals for each of these venues should address the 3 featured tracks for the symposium: Strategies for college-employer partnerships, Designing effective learning spaces for 21st skills, Inequalities in the intern economy: Geography, major, and race/ethnicity.
At this year’s symposium we’ll be offering two different types of breakout sessions:
- Research Talks focused on sharing research findings, methodological issues, etc.
- Professional Development Sessions focused on providing attendees w/new skills or strategies for practice
If you have expertise in any of these areas, please consider developing a breakout session and join us for this exciting cross-disciplinary event.
If you are interested, please send your session proposal, 1000 words or less, including:
- for Research Talks, please indicate how your topic relates to the Symposium tracks, your methodology, link to theories, implications for policy and practice, etc.
- for Professional Development Sessions, please indicate how your session relates to the Symposium tracks, learning goals, walk-away topics, etc.
Send to: email@example.com by June 30th, 2019
Call for proposals flyer
A block of rooms has been reserved at The Edgewater Hotel. Click here for reservations: https://theedgewater.link/UWSchoolofEducationRoomBlock
Friday, September 28th, 8:30am – 6:00pm
Pyle Center Vandeberg Auditorium, 121
Symposium Event Summary Report
2018 Internship Symposium Slides
Matt Hora Introduction
Janice Kenyatta & Tim Alft
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.
Co-sponsors: Interdisciplinary Training Program in the Educational Sciences (ITP) at UW-Madison, WI Internship Initiative (WI DWD), SuccessWorks (UW-Madison, College of Letters & Sciences).