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:
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.
9:00am-9:15 am: Welcoming remarks, Dr. Matthew Hora (Director, CCWT, UW-Madison)
9:15am-10:15am: Researcher Talk
10:30am – 11:30am: Panel: Engaging students & meeting students’ needs
11:30am-12:00pm: Lunch Buffet
12:00pm-1:00pm: Keynote: Dr. April Kedrowicz
1:00-2:00pm: Researcher Talk
2:20pm-3:00pm: Panel: Skills development and designing learning spaces
3:15pm-4:00pm: Breakouts: Research on internships and skills-based instruction
4:00pm-6:00pm: Posters and networking reception
8:30am-9:30am: Panel: Engaging employers: Strategies for building effective partnerships
9:30am-10:30am: Researcher Talk
10:45am-11:45am: Breakouts: Tips and strategies for program improvement
11:45am-12:15pm: Lunch Buffet
12:15pm-1:15pm: Keynote: Dr. Ross Perlin
1:15pm-1:30pm: Closing remarks: Dr. Matthew Hora (Director, CCWT, UW-Madison)
1:30pm-3:00pm: Working group and/or Professional Development sessions
Note: Five students will give short presentations throughout the meeting about their own experiences with internships
A block of rooms has been reserved at
Friday, September 28th, 8:30am – 6:00pm
Pyle Center Vandeberg Auditorium, 121
The goals of the inaugural College Internship Symposium are as follows:
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:
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).