Mar 06

SAVE THE DATE! 2012 Employer Appreciation Social

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Please save the date and plan to join MACIC for the 8th Annual Celebrate Internships event on Wednesday, June 20, 2012. This year’s event will be held at Cuvée, a champagne lounge located in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward, from 3:00pm to 6:00pm.

For employers and colleges/universities alike, this gathering is an opportunity to network with internship contacts both old and new. For MACIC, it is our chance to thank employers for their work in the name of internships.

A formal invitation will follow.

View scenes from the 2011 event held at Best Place at the historic Pabst Brewery.

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Dec 20

Recap: Internship Best Practices Employer Panel

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On Friday, December 2, 2011, MACIC hosted its Fall 2011 Professional Development Program. Internship Best Practices: Employer Panel Discussion brought together employers and college internship professionals to learn about the internship programs of area employers. Speakers on the panel included:

  • Dori Tooke, Director of Inpatient Rehab Services, Aurora Health Care
  • Wade Krogwold, Campus & Community Recruiting Manager, Direct Supply
  • Ellen Burgermeister, IS Recruiter/Campus Recruiting Consultant, Northwestern Mutual
  • Heather Seager, Director of Clinical Development, Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare
  • Ana Maria Guzman, Client Services Specialist, Wisconsin Public Defender’s Office

Attendees learned about the organizations’ internship opportunities and best practices for their respective programs. Panelists shared their organizations’ perspectives on tailoring supervision to a specific student intern, important work skills needed for an internship, and the role of a student’s major in intern recruitment. After a Q&A with the audience, each panelist wrapped up the discussion by sharing three or four attributes they seek in an intern.

Highlights from the Panel Discussion

  • “Soft skills” were crucial for intern success. While technical skills might get a student an interview, it is the soft skills – critical thinking, communication, teamwork – that will get the student hired. And more importantly, students need to be able to articulate how they possess these skills. Some of the key attributes employers are looking for include:
    • Flexibility
    • Initiative
    • Critical Thinking
    • Customer Service
    • Communication
    • Teamwork/Collaboration
    • Passion
  • Major is not the most important factor for most employers when hiring an intern. While some positions may require specialized training (ex. IT or engineering), most roles do not. Again, it comes down to soft skills. Hire interns with strong communication, critical thinking, and collaboration skills, and train them to do the job at hand.
  • Interns will make mistakes. As an employer, create an environment in which students are comfortable with asking questions or seeking help before an issue becomes a major problem.
  • Schools and employers are partners in the internship process:
    • Schools need to be clear about the intent of an internship from their perspective. Make sure everyone shares the same expectations.
    • Schools need to understand what tactics work best with their students. What works at your institution in terms of marketing opportunities with students?
    • Employers want to collaborate. Instituting advisory boards and including employers on those boards is a great way to partner for the gainful employment of students.

Additional details about the event, including contact information for each panelist, is available in the Professional Development Program Archive.

Dec 05

2012 Green Energy Summit Academic Preview

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MACIC members and other university representatives are invited to the Academic Preview & Reception for the 2012 Green Energy Summit and Exposition.

The 9th Annual Green Energy Summit & Exposition, being held this March, is aimed at increasing awareness of opportunities and encouraging development in the green sector. Summit attendees are comprised of a broad range of stakeholders including business executives, non-profits, professional organizations, and educational institutions. More information on the Summit can be found at www.greenenergysummit.us.

At the Academic Preview & Reception, you will learn about the benefits of attending, exhibiting, or presenting at the Green Energy Summit. MACIC has been approached by event organizers about having a presence at the Summit, particularly on their “Green Careers & Sustainability Day,” through exhibiting or presenting. It could provide MACIC with the opportunity to increase awareness of internships with green sector organizations and to promote the value of internships to students – high school through college – that are expected to be in attendance.

President Juli Pickering is planning to attend the event, but all members are encouraged to attend if interested and able.

2012 Green Energy Summit and Exposition
Academic Preview & Reception
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
3:00-5:00pm
Milwaukee Area Technical College, Mequon Campus (Room A289)
5555 West Highland Road, Mequon, WI

RSVP to Lori Hains: 414-571-4714 or hainsl@matc.edu.

Nov 01

Internship Best Practices: Employer Panel Discussion

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Learn from the companies and organizations that do it well! Join MACIC for an employer panel discussion of internship program best practices.

Employer panel will include representatives from:

Date/Time
December 2, 2011
8:30am – Continental Breakfast
9:00-10:30am – Program

Location
Cardinal Stritch University – Milwaukee Campus
Bonaventure Hall, Room 033
6801 N Yates Road
Milwaukee, WI  53217
Map from Google Maps

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Please Register by Tuesday, November 29

Oct 21

CEIA Position on Unpaid Internships

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Developed this summer, but currently making the rounds on the Internship-Net listserv, the Cooperative Education & Internship Association (CEIA) has released its position statement on the issue of unpaid internships.

For context, concerns over the increase in unpaid internships came to a head in a New York Times article from April 2010. The article examined the legality of unpaid internships, which sparked many questions and conversations in the internship community. A coalition of university presidents, including Kevin Reilly, President of the UW System, issued their response to Secretary Solis of the Department of Labor and expressed concerns over the impact of stronger regulations on internships.

The legal issues have been confusing for many. The Department of Labor introduced Fact Sheet #71: Internship Programs Under the Fair Labor Standards Act to help clarify matters. By the end of June 2010, the National Association of Colleges & Employers (NACE) issued their position on unpaid internships.

CEIA’s position, from July 2011, is as follows:

CEIA aims to provide resources and guidance for educators and employers engaging in internship programs. This organization actively supports student participation in valuable internship experiences which offer dedicated supervision, meaningful and educationally relevant work, and opportunities for mentoring and networking. These experiences are to be of value to both parties, allowing for purposeful and effective outcomes.

Though employers decide if an internship will be funded, educators determine when an internship is credit worthy. CEIA supports the fact that academic credit is not the same as compensation. CEIA recognizes that there are also stipulations and guidelines which may impact financial compensation. All employers are strongly encouraged to follow rules and regulations pertaining to local and federal labor laws when determining remuneration options. Knowing there is not one universal procedure within the higher education community for documenting internships, employers are encouraged to acknowledge each educational institution’s policies in order to best serve the student.

What do you think about CEIA’s position statement?

Sep 13

2011-2012 MACIC Schedule

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Welcome to the 2011-2012 academic year!

The MACIC Leadership Team met in late August to prepare for the upcoming year.

Please save the date for MACIC’s business meetings and professional development programs:

  • Friday, September 23 – Business Meeting at Direct Supply
  • Friday, December 2 – Professional Development Program
  • Friday, February 10 – Business Meeting
  • Friday, May 11 – Professional Development Program

As you will see, the first meeting for the year is fast approaching. The Leadership Team discussed approaching local companies to be meeting sites, so this will be the first meeting implementing this idea with Direct Supply as our host. The Leadership Team is excited to add this element of professional development to our regular business meeting events.

In addition to MACIC events, you will also find information on conferences and other relevant events on our website. You can see the list of Upcoming Events to the right or view our calendar page.

It is also that time of the year to renew your membership with MACIC!

If your institution is interested in maintaining MACIC membership, please declare your institution a member by completing the Declaration of Membership. We only need one form per institution, so please coordinate this amongst the multiple individuals your institution might have joining us. Please return your Declaration as soon as possible.

There is no membership fee, but to retain your institutional voting rights, we ask that a member from your institution attends at least two of our four yearly business meetings.

If you have any questions, please contact a member of the MACIC Leadership Team.

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Sep 01

Early-Bird Deadline for MCEIA Conference

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The Early-Bird registration deadline for the Midwest Cooperative Education Internship Association (MCEIA) Conference is quickly approaching. This year’s conference will be in Milwaukee, making it an ideal professional development opportunity for MACIC members and other internship professionals in Wisconsin.

The Early-Bird registration conference fee of $350 as well as the discounted lodging rate of $139/night is good until Thursday, September 22, 2011.

The conference is being held October 23-25 at the Hotel InterContinental in downtown Milwaukee.

Click here to view more Conference Information.

MACIC members on the 2011 Conference Committee:

  • Jean Donovan, Waukesha County Technical College
  • Amy Lane, UW-Stout
  • Juli Pickering, UW-Milwaukee College of Engineering
  • Mary Spencer, MSOE
Jun 28

2011 Outstanding Employer Internship Program

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Direct Supply is the inaugural recipient of Outstanding Employer Internship Program!

Inaugural MACIC Employer Award
Sarah Broker, accepting the award on behalf of Direct Supply, with MACIC President-Elect Juli Pickering and President Tom Kipp

Direct Supply, one of Milwaukee’s fastest growing companies, is America’s leading supplier of equipment, services, and eCommerce systems to the long term care profession. Because of their continued growth, there is incredible opportunity at Direct Supply in a wide variety of areas, from sales to supply chain service to software engineering.

According to Wade Krogwold, Campus & Community Recruiting Manager, the company’s internship program is “not viewed as a short-term fix as Direct Supply is looking for long-term talent.” The current conversion rate from intern to full-time employee is 80-87%.

Direct Supply is very engaged with Wisconsin’s university community. They are active in on-campus recruiting by posting jobs, conducting on-campus interviews, and participating in career fairs. Representatives from Direct Supply are engaged in Employer Advisory Boards, serve as guest lecturers and panelists, and participate in mock interview programs.

Direct Supply also provides professional development opportunities for students. Interns go through a multiple orientations. A corporate sponsor program offers each intern a mentor from a cross-functional area and there is an intern-specific professional development series. Finally, Direct Supply values to learning focus of an internship. Each intern’s progress is determined by goals and objectives that are focused on outcomes.

Overall, Direct Supply encourages growth, embraces creativity, and provides a nurturing and supportive environment for interns.

Congratulations Direct Supply for the excellent work you do with your internship program!

In an effort to honor employers and partners from business, industry, government and other nonprofits, MACIC developed the Outstanding Internship Program award. It recognizes organizations who have distinguished themselves by developing quality internship programs. The award criteria include:

  • University Engagement: The employer proactively establishes relationships with colleges and universities.
  • Structured Internship Experience: The employer provides a well-structured internship experience.
  • Professional Development Opportunities: The employer provides opportunities for the intern to grow professionally.

MACIC members submit nominations, and the MACIC Awards Committee selects the winner or winners. In any given year, as many as three Outstanding Internship Program awards may be given – Large Employers, Small Employers (fewer than 100 employees), Nonprofit/Public Sector.

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Jun 26

New Look for MACIC

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This past March, the MACIC Branding Committee launched a logo design competition for students from member institutions. Incorporating the organization’s new tagline, Driving the Future Through Internships, the logo would be another piece in MACIC’s growing identity and brand. MACIC received over 25 submissions from students.

The selected design was created by Melissa Treinen, a senior and graphic design student at UW-Whitewater. Melissa currently works as a graphic artist in UW-Whitewater’s office of Career & Leadership Development, and she hopes to pursue a career in graphic design and marketing.

Melissa was recognized and the logo was unveiled at the 7th Annual Celebrate Internships! Employer Appreciation Social on June 15th.

Winning Logo Design Presentation
President Tom Kipp, President-Elect Juli Pickering, and logo designer Melissa Treinen

As you can see, the logo has already been incorporated into the banner for the MACIC website. It has also been added to our LinkedIn Group page and to our Twitter profile.

Congratulations Melissa! MACIC really is moving into the future now!

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May 16

7th Annual Employer Appreciation Social

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Join MACIC for our 7th annual Employer Appreciation Social, a networking event for area employers and college internship professionals.

Celebrate Internships! Employer Appreciation Social 2011
Wednesday, June 15
4:00pm to 6:30pm
Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery

Visit the event page for a Map and driving directions. Reservations are no longer being accepted. However, walk-ins are welcome!

Questions? Contact Sue Leister, Chair of the MACIC Social Committee, at susan.leister@alverno.edu.

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