Starting in June of 2020, CCWT hosted a regular webinar series where CCWT staff spoke with scholars who are active in the fields of higher education and workforce development. Hear about the latest findings on college internships, implications for college students amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, and discussions regarding equity and social justice in higher education. Recordings of each webinar will be available after the live discussion.
Wednesday, January 13, 2021, 11a.m. CST (US)
Special Guest: Dr. Jenny Chan, Assistant Professor of Sociology at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University
A conversation with Dr. Jenny Chan on Internships and Labor in China
In this webinar Dr. Jenny Chan from Hong Kong Polytechnic University will talk with CCWT Director Matthew Hora about her newly published book, Dying for an iPhone (2020; Haymarket Books), and its key findings regarding the status of high school and college internships in China and how they involve the production of Apple’s popular devices including iPhones and iPads. Dr. Chan will also speak about the state of the labor market in China since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, and her new research on express delivery workers in China.
Dr. Jenny Chan, Assistant Professor of Sociology at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, is a recipient of Early Career Scheme funding awarded by the Research Grants Council of Hong Kong (2018-2022). She also serves as the vice president of the International Sociological Association’s Research Committee on Labor Movements (2018-2022). Dying for an iPhone: Apple, Foxconn and the Lives of China’s Workers is her first co-authored book with Mark Selden and Pun Ngai (Haymarket Books & Pluto Press, forthcoming in 2020).
Wednesday, February 17, 2021, 11a.m. CST (US)
Special Guest: Alexandre Frenette, Assistant Professor of Sociology & Associate Director of the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise, and Public Policy at Vanderbilt University
Uneven Experiences and Rewards in the Intern Economy: The Case of Arts and Design Graduatesand Labor in China
Drawing on survey data with 200,000 arts and design alumni, Dr. Alex Frenette from Vanderbilt University will talk with CCWT Director Dr. Matthew Hora about the rise of paid and especially unpaid internships in the creative sector, how arts graduates feel about their internship experiences, how these alumni say higher education could improve internships going forward, and how gender may shape unequal intern-to-career pathways.
Alexandre Frenette is an assistant professor of sociology and associate director of the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise, and Public Policy at Vanderbilt University. Using the music industry as his case study, he is currently working on a monograph about the challenges and the promise of internships as part of higher education. His writing on artistic workers and the intern economy have won awards from the Society for the Study of Social Problems as well as the Labor and Employment Relations Association.
Wednesday, November 18, 2020, 11a.m. CST (US)
Special Guests: Dr. Yanjun Guan, Professor in Management at Durham University Business School, UK; Dr. Jingzhou Pan, Associate Professor in Organizational Behavior at Tianjin University
The Interplay of Proactive Personality & Internship Quality in Chinese University Graduates’ Job Search Success: The Role of Career Adaptability
Dr. Matthew T. Hora talkedwith Dr. Jingzhou Pan and Dr. Yanjun Guan about how and when internship quality can lead to students’ job search success. Dr. Pan and Dr. Guan introduced their study in which they tracked a sample of Chinese university graduates’ internship and job search process by conducting a four-wave survey study that demonstrated the beneficial effect of internship quality on employment success, and the mediating effect of career adaptability (an important psychological resource) on the relationship between proactive personality and students’ employment outcomes.
Dr. Yanjun Guan is a professor in management at Durham University Business School, UK. Yanjun’s research areas include career management and cross-cultural management, and he is currently serving as an Associate Editor for Journal of Vocational Behavior.
Dr. Jingzhou Pan is an associate professor in organizational behavior at Tianjin University in China. Jingzhou’s research interests include leadership, creativity and innovation and career management.
Wednesday, November 11, 2020, 11a.m. CST (US)
Special Guest: Deborah Santiago, CEO and co-founder of Excelencia in Education
Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs): Improving Academic Outcomes and Successful Workforce Transitions
In this webinar, University of Wisconsin—Madison graduate student researcher Anthony Hernandez interviewed Excelencia in Education CEO and co-founder Deborah Santiago about Latino student achievement, research on educational practices and advancing institutional practices, creating a national network of stakeholders, Latino student transition to the workforce, and policy and funding priorities.
Deborah A. Santiago is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Excelencia in Education. For more than 20 years, she has led efforts from the community to national and federal levels to improve educational opportunities and success for all students.
Anthony Hernandez is a doctoral student in Educational Policy Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 2019, he was awarded a National Academy of Education (NAEd)/Spencer Foundation Research Development Award for his dissertation work on leadership in Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs).
Dr. Hora talked with Julie and Crystal about internship opportunities and characteristics, career prep and readiness, and Tribal College social-economic structures.
Julie E. Lucero is an Assistant Professor, School of Community Health Sciences, and Director, Latino Research Center, at the University of Nevada, Reno. Her research is grounded in the community based participatory approach to research. Directing her research is the expectation that research outcomes benefit the researched population through development and implementation of interventions, treatment, and/or policy.
Crystal LoudHawk-Hedgepeth, enrolled member of the Dine’ Nation, is a Research Associate at the American Indian College Fund, where she helps execute the College Fund’s systematic research initiatives with Tribal Colleges. Crystal has over ten years of research experience managing projects from clinical investigations to educational research.
Monday, August 24, 2020
1pm CST (US)
Special Guest: Dr. Mai See Thao, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
Living Hmong Studies, building the field: Dr. Mai See Thao on Hmong refugee experiences and growing Hmong Studies
In this webinar, student researchers from the Our HMoob American College Paj Ntaub research study interviewed Dr. Mai See Thao, who the Director of the newly created University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Hmong Studies program and as Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Global Religions, and Cultures. In addition to discussing her vision of Hmong Studies at UW-Oshkosh and her community-based research with Hmong, Dr. Thao also discussed her personal experiences as a former Hmong American UW-Madison undergraduate student and her path to becoming a Hmong academic.
Mai See Thao is a trained medical anthropologist with research interests in historical trauma, displacement, the refugee body, biopolitics, care (long-term care and chronic disease management), and community-based participatory research. She is also the new Director of Hmong Studies and Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology, Global Religions, and Cultures at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.
Wednesday, August 5, 2020
Special Guest: Carmella Ocampo (Australian National University)
The Role of Internship Participation and Conscientiousness in Developing Career Adaptability: A Five-Wave Growth Mixture Model Analysis
In this webinar, CCWT's Zi Chen spoke with Carmella Ocampo, the lead author of a new study on the impacts of internship participation on a widely studied psycho-social variable in vocational psychology—that of career adaptability—which refers to the psychological resources one has to deal with uncertain and evolving situations. Since our current moment of the COVID-19 pandemic and a looming recession will create such an uncertain and difficult situation for college graduates, understanding the experiences and resources that can help students develop these resources will be critically important.
Carmella Ocampo is a PhD Candidate in Organizational Behavior in the Research School of Management at the Australian National University. At the broad level, Carell studies how personality traits, emotional abilities, and social contexts support or stifle individual goal pursuit efforts in the context of work and careers.
Wednesday, July 1, 2020
Dr. Leopold Bayerlein (University of New England in Australia)
E-internships and work-integrated learning in higher education
Dr. Hora talked with Dr. Bayerlein about his recent research on online or e-internships, with a focus on how these new learning environments can best be designed to enhance student learning. The conversation covered Dr. Bayerlein's interest in work-integrated learning (WIL) that can take place within formal postsecondary courses and programs.
Dr. Leopold Bayerlein is a Senior Lecturer in Accounting at the University of New England in Australia. He is an active business and accounting education researcher with a focus on the development of future focused curricula in higher education, and has recently conducted research on e-internships, work-integrated learning, and instructional design in postsecondary institutions. For more information see Dr. Bayerlein's webpage here.
Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Dr. Carrie Shandra (Stony Brook Univ)
What Employers Want from Interns: Demand-Side Trends in the Internship Market
Dr. Carrie Shandra’s discussed her recent research on employer demand for interns, and the types of skills they are seeking in college interns. CCWT Director Matthew Hora and Dr. Shandra also talked about how the Great Recession impacted employers’ demand for interns, and then audience members can ask questions.
Dr. Shandra’s research is broadly focused on understanding work and life course inequalities in the United States, particularly as they occur during the transition to adulthood and among individuals with disabilities. Her research on work includes both paid employment and other forms of productivity that may not be compensated in the market - including care work, housework, and volunteering.
Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Dr. Julia Freeland Fisher (Christensen Institute)
How Social Capital and Professional Networks Gained in College Internships Enhances Student Success
Hora spoke with Dr. Julia Freeland Fisher about why social capital matters for college students, whether colleges do a good job in fostering students’ social capital, how internships and micro-internships may foster professional networks and social capital.
Wednesday, June 3, 2020
Hosted by Matthew Hora, with special guest Dr. Sean Edmund Rogers from the University of Rhode Island
All Internships are Not Created Equal: Job Design, Satisfaction, and Vocational Development in Paid and Unpaid Internships
Dr. Hora talked with Dr. Rogers about his latest research on unpaid internships, student veterans and internships, and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on college-workforce transitions.