Roles & Responsibilities
The Purpose of the Internship
Internships are an integral part of the AEMM major, bringing together theoretical concepts with real world situations. In cooperation with leading organizations in the Chicago area, qualified students have the opportunity to acquire hands-on field experience, confidence, and contacts, which help students gain an edge in the competitive job market. Students become more aware of what is involved in their chosen career by actually working in a professional organization. The student, internship coordinator, faculty advisor, college advisor and sponsoring organization work together to make the internship experience one of the most important experiences in the student’s education.
Students are responsible for:
- setting internship learning objectives
- finding an internship position that will provide them with the opportunity to accomplish the chosen learning objectives
- meeting with the internship coordinator to determine eligibility, obtain the appropriate paperwork and register for credit
- logging their hours worked
- conducting themselves in a professional manner at the workplace
The Role of the Academic Coordinator
The academic coordinator:
- determines the student’s eligibly and number of credit hours to be awarded for the internship
- approves or denies internship opportunities based on individual circumstances
- provides qualified students with a Letter of Eligibility upon request
- registers the student for internship credit
- contacts the sponsor for the student’s evaluation
- awards the student his/her final grade
The Role of the Sponsor
The internship sponsor provides the student with a learning opportunity in accordance with the student’s learning objectives, works with the internship coordinator to resolve any major issues that may arise, and completes an evaluation of the student’s performance at the end of the semester.
The Role of Career Initiatives
The Career Development Specialist, Christie Andersen, is available for individual support related to strategic career planning, guidance related to resume building, interviewing, and search strategies, and for information about other career resources on campus. Workshops on career development topics are also offered through Career Initiatives.
The Portfolio Center provides guidance to exploring portfolios in many media, and to building and packaging portfolios books, DVDs and websites. Once your portfolio is underway, opportunities are provided to present your work samples and to network with industry professionals.
ColumbiaWorks is the college’s online job board that lists on-campus opportunities, internships, part-time and full-time work and freelance gigs. All students and alumni have access to ColumbiaWorks.