Offices of Academic Internships and Alumni Relations Enhance Student Success
July 28, 2010
In June, the Offices of Academic Internships and Alumni Relations held a student and alumni reception in New York to bring together summer interns with alumni and employers living in the city. The idea of the joint networking reception came from Lisa Johnson, director of the Office of Academic Internships, when she recognized that Rollins had a significant number of students interning in the city, and greater networking connections could be made among students, alumni and employers.
“After my last site visit to New York, I saw there was a wonderful opportunity to connect summer interns with each other as well as offer them a chance to meet and network with alumni living in the area.” After proposing the idea to Sharon Carrier, assistant vice president for alumni relations, Johnson and Carrier agreed that a co-sponsored student-alumni networking reception was a win-win opportunity. In fact, Carrier reached out to Lori Nicholson, senior vice president of MTV Networks, former member of the Rollins Board of Trustees and past chair of The Parents Council, to invite her to participate in planning the event. Nicholson generously offered to host the joint student-alumni networking reception held at the Beacon Restaurant in midtown Manhattan where close to 30 students and alumni gathered.
“We were delighted to partner with the Office of Academic Internships on this important initiative,” said Carrier. “Rollins alumni can offer students valuable professional advice and mentoring that they cannot find elsewhere. This is also a very meaningful way for our alumni to stay connected to Rollins and give back to the College. We are grateful for Lori Nicholson’s continued enthusiasm and her support in hosting this event; she truly understands the value of internships and student-alumni networking experiences.”
Nicholson’s son, Jackson (Class of 2010) was enrolled in the internship course last summer when he interned with the American Junior Golf Association. Because of this internship experience, Jackson is now working for professional golfer Annika Sörenstam.
“During the summer, many of our students secure competitive internships, work full-time and earn up to four credits for their internship.” said Johnson. “As it relates to applied learning, an internship allows for practical application of knowledge from the classroom, as well as the development of transferable skills such as verbal and written communication, critical-thinking and problem-solving skills that are essential in today’s job market.”
Students enrolled in the Academic Internship Program’s Internship Reflection course can receive two, three or four credit hours for their academic internship experiences. Read more about Rollins students’ perspectives of their 2010 summer internships.