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1 Community Engagement Presented by Bill Swanson University Affairs

2 Actively Engage the Community Benchmark: UNOmaha had over 2000 students participating in credit internships in 1998 Objective: UNOmaha will increase credit internships 15% by 2002 Measurement: Annual Reports of Credit Internships Responsible: Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs

3 2001-2002 Credit Bearing Internships by College

4 2001-2002 Credit Bearing Internships & Service Learning by College

5 CBA Marketing, Management & Finance Internships

6 CBA Marketing Internships

7 The University of Nebraska at Omaha defines an internship as any approved and carefully monitored work or service experience in which an individual has intentional learning goals and reflects actively on what she/he learns throughout the experience. These learning goals may include: Academic learning - The individual can apply knowledge learned in the classroom to the workplace. Career development - The individual gains a knowledge of the qualifications and duties of a position and can explore their interest in a field. Skill development - The individual gains an understanding of the skills and knowledge required in the workplace. Personal development - The individual gains decision-making skills, critical thinking skills, increased confidence and self-esteem. Internships vary in duration; they can last for a month (or less) to two years (or more) and may be part-time or full-time. Internships can take place in any approved work or service setting and be paid or unpaid. They may be part of an approved educational program, carefully monitored and evaluated for academic credit. Or, they may be part of a learning plan that the intern develops without academic credit. The important element that distinguishes an internship from a short-term job or community service is the "intentional learning agenda" that the intern brings to the experience. What is an Internship?

8 INTERNSHIPS Definition:  Carefully monitored work or service  A guided (structured) learning process  Learning through practical work experience  Apply theories and concepts to “real world”  Paid/unpaid; Full-time/part-time  Evaluated reflective/summary analysis  Academic credit/No academic credit  Vary in length

9 INTERNSHIPS Student Benefits :  Gain “real world” experience  Chance to explore careers  Interact with Senior managers  Understand challenges facing businesses  Learn about potential employers  Earn credit towards degree  Gain advantage on resume/steps ahead of other new hires  Begin networking

10 INTERNSHIPS Participation: 77% of all college seniors participated in at least one internship (1998). 55% of seniors have participated in two or more internships (1998). 86% of all college seniors participated in at least one internship (2000).* * (Study conducted by Value/Focus: There is an increasing emphasis on internships at colleges. Employers are recognizing the value of internships as part of the Employment process. Internships have gained increasing importance. Research indicates: internship assignments, early in academic career result in significant and positive affect on grade performance. grade performance indicates increased discipline knowledge gained and increased student motivation. Supervised Internship: The Employers Perspective A study by Lynch, Habte-Giorgis & Van Brunt of Rowan University Presented in March, 1999

11 Internship Development Partnership with Chamber of Commerce –Chamber members as sponsors –How to start an internship program Partnership with Alumni Association Partnership with Booster clubs Local professional organizations Promote importance with students

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