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1 Establishing and Managing Successful Sustainability Internship Programs Emilie Rex – Indiana University Josh Stoffel – Connecticut College AASHE 2013

2 Purpose of Session Present guide structure – Guide format – Toolkit Collect toolkit feedback – What you need – What you can contribute – Toolkit format

3 Our Process Contextualizing your program Increasing capacity Drafting a SIP proposal Creating a SIP Aligning projects with sustainability goals Recruitment and hiring Mentorship Evaluation and documentation Best Practices for Managing SIPs Case studies Crowdsourced resources to support each section SIP Toolkit

4 Strategic Planning/Goal Alignment Project Development Hiring and Recruitment Support and Accountability Program Evaluation Life Cycle of an Internship

5 Creating a New Program Develop a structure that fits your institution, considering: structure mentorship capacity management capacity funding Identify existing resources and support Define goals and objectives: student engagement vs. career development vs. project completion

6 Best Management Practices Align program with strategic goals/documents adds structural integrity builds cross- campus collaborations aids in making strong case to admin Don’t overdo it! Stick to your program goals.

7 Framing the issue Scope and timeline Mentorship responsibilities Funding sources Intern input Developing Internship Projects Consider:

8 Hiring and Recruitment Define the process: SIP goals Your capacity and resources Type of hiring process Provide BM strategies: Building an application Utilizing your resources Streamlining the process Increasing recruitment Scope Timeline Level of community support needed

9 Supporting Students During the Internships Preparing students: Building foundational knowledge Providing an accountability system BM strategies: Managing UP Empowering students to manage their: Projects Mentors Project stake-holders Mentorship Building commitment from stake-holders Training and developing good mentors Preventing burnout

10 Evaluation, Documentation, and Network Building Documentation and Evaluation Celebrating Success and Alumni Development Recognizing student/mentor contributions Drawing attention to the sustainability initiative Using alumni to tell the story of your program Institutional memory Program evaluation and reporting

11 Toolkit Feedback What you NEED: What would help your program succeed? What you HAVE: What resources can you offer in each of the areas? – Case studies – Handouts – Documentation Format?

12 Questions? Emilie Rex – Indiana University Josh Stoffel – Connecticut College AASHE 2013


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