Employers are looking for more than great grades; internships have become the gold standard in job readiness. The Great Lakes Grant that was recently awarded to Kent State Stark has given greater opportunities to students to participate in paid internships within the community. In order to better serve the students of Kent State at Stark, The Corporate University is working with community organizations to create meaningful internship opportunities and it is necessary to assess the quality of such internships. Through interviews with HR professionals, Kent State’s Communication Program, and The Corporate University, as well as a review on the literature on this topic, we created new internship evaluation forms, which allow both the students and employers to assess the internship. We will be presenting a poster that highlights the importance of internships to Kent State students as well as ideas that the university can use to improve the internship process.
Chelsea Goodwin is a junior business management major at Kent State Stark. She will be graduating in the spring 2016. She is currently interning at the military aviation preservation society (MAPS) museum. Chelsea has been fortunate to enjoy numerous opportunities while at Kent State Stark including having dinner with Daymond John, meeting Billie Jean King, completing the Student Leadership Academy and working at the campus box office. After graduation she is looking to pursue a career in project management.
Brandy Burgess is a full-time business administration student at Kent State Stark, majoring in business management. She is a senior and will graduate in Fall 2015. After graduation she will explore opportunities in business management. Outside of the classroom, she is a full-time mom and her interests include reading and writing for fun.
Bethany Johnson is a senior student and Kent State Stark. She will graduate in Fall 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Bethany is currently employed and is also interning at a non-profit institution where she is learning how to write grants for funding. Her professional interests include project and operations management and she plans on opening her own business in the future.