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MACIC History


The Milwaukee Area College Internship Consortium (MACIC) was established in 2000. The original mission of the organization was to educate employers on internship best practices and encourage the development of internship opportunities in the Milwaukee area. In the early years, the organization crafted an employer’s handbook, “Establishing & Maintaining a Quality Internship Program.” WisconsinJobs.com supported MACIC by offering free internship postings on the job board to all companies.

In June 2005, MACIC planned and held its first Annual Employer Appreciation Event at the Milwaukee Historical Society. This event was attended by public and private colleges as well as many businesses and organizations from the Southeast Wisconsin area. This annual event has continued to grow.

In March 2008, the MACIC membership discussed the future direction of the organization. It was decided that the group take a look at the organization, its purpose, and who it serves. A survey was developed and sent to MACIC members. After considering the survey results and discussing the organization’s structure and future form, it was decided that two subcommittees be created: one to look at MACIC’s purpose, mission, membership parameters, branding, etc. and one to plan a professional development session for the fall 2008. At the beginning of the 2008-2009 academic year, three preliminary committees were formed: Professional Development, Social, and Management. The Management Committee was charged with developing a proposal for the working structure of the organization and how the organization should manage itself.

The Professional Development Committee held its first event on March 19, 2009: “Helping Students Access Federal Jobs & Internships.” Thanks to the generous support of the Partnership for Public Service Annenberg Speakers Bureau, Leni Uddyback-Fortson, Regional Director of Public Affairs for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Philadelphia Region, presented information about the growth and type of federal internships and full-time job opportunities available to college students and graduates.

On May 20, 2009, MACIC’s new Organizational Designed, proposed by the Management Committee, was approved. Election of MACIC’s first Leadership Team was held in early June.

The same year that MACIC began operating as a structured organization was the same year it celebrated its 10th anniversary. At the 2010 Employer Appreciation Event, Paula McGinnis, founder of MACIC, and Sue Leister, steadfast leader of MACIC for many years, were recognized for their leadership.

History of “Celebrate Internships” Employer Appreciation Event

 

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