Peter Franks has been a leading ambassador of cooperative education and internships over an extended career. He has traveled the world to advance work-integrated learning laying the groundwork for many educational institutions to develop plans, start programs, and build programs. Peter has been a member of CEIA for many years. Today he leads Drexel University’s Steinbright Career Development Center, which houses the undergraduate co-op program, the graduate co-op program, experiential education curriculum and the career services programs. Over a 10-year period from 2005 to the present, he has spearheaded operations as Vice Provost for Career Education for one of the nation’s oldest, largest, and most respected cooperative education programs. Peter has marshaled the creation of a comprehensive career development center whose size has doubled in staffing and space with new innovative programs created under his stewardship. Drexel now partners with approximately 1700 co-op employers and over 6,000 students work in more than 35 states and 50 international locations annually.
Prior to Drexel University, from 1995 to 2005, Peter served as the first Chief Executive Officer of WACE (World Association for Cooperative Education) where he led WACE’s mission to expand work-integrated learning worldwide. During his tenure as CEO, new programs were developed, increased international collaboration took place, and work-integrated learning was initiated or grew as a viable educational model in Asia, Africa, the Pacific region and Europe. This year will mark the 20th year that he has served as a member of the WACE Board of Directors. Peter’s belief in cooperative education as a vehicle to enhance the educational experience for students is exhibited further in his previous role as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the National Commission for Cooperative Education from 1985 to 1995. He has worked closely with WACE, CEIA, and other organizations in the field to define work-integrated learning models and helped to drive public policy. The start of Peter’s efforts as an ambassador of co-op and internships occurred at Northeastern University as Executive Officer of the Division of Cooperative Education & Career Services. Additional roles as Assistant Dean of Students at Northeastern and Assistant to the President of Northeastern, kept him close to cooperative education that he experienced first-hand as an undergraduate co-op student at his alma mater.
Westar is a desired destination for Wichita State University students wanting on-the-job training in the electrical engineering field. It is known as a place where an innovative spirit is encouraged among interns. Over the last decade, Westar developed a robust internship program for students across multiple disciplines. Working with everyone from customers to Westar executives, interns are given the tools to succeed and grow into truly well-rounded professionals.
The success of Westar’s program is displayed by the accomplishments and testimonials of their interns.
Since beginning his internship at Westar Energy in May 2014, electrical engineering senior Nick Cox has already made an impact. Cox designed a System Impedance Calculator that turned a 35- to 40-minute process into something that now takes just three to five minutes, saving Westar time and money.
Cody Hastings, a 2013 Shocker alumnus, made his mark during the time he interned at Westar. Hastings was a Westar intern for 2 1/2 years before graduating and being offered a full-time job as a field engineer with the company. Hastings recently created models of the underground electrical networks in downtown Wichita and Topeka, as well as the distribution system throughout Westar’s territory. Both of the models have given Westar the ability to analyze their systems much more quickly. Hastings says his ability to perform these duties is directly related to the experience he got while still a student intern.
Jake Matt, a current Westar intern, says “Westar helped me define my path as a student and as a future engineer to pursue the field of power,” Matt says. “WSU’s connection to Westar is one of the main reasons why I got this opportunity, which has made all the time I have spent in the classroom worth it.”
Westar has hired 13 of their interns for full-time positions over the last 7 years and they continue to show their support for Wichita State University and the community. In December 2013, Westar Energy committed $125,000 to Wichita State University to help the College of Engineering expand and update its laboratory for teaching power systems. The new lab was dedicated in December of 2014. Dr. Watkins, Chair of Electrical Engineering at WSU said, “The lab will be used in a broad range of electric energy classes, it will provide many students more hands-on experience,” Watkins said. “It is truly preparing our students for work in the power industry of the 21st century.”
Matthew Lee is a first-year MBA student in the accelerated Science BS/MBA program of the Eberly College of Science and Smeal College of Business at the Penn State University. As a part of his undergraduate program, Matthew completed a summer internship at Sportsmetrics, a company which uses unique therapies to reduce ACL injuries in female athletes. He then returned to Penn State where he wrote an honor’s thesis for the Schreyer Honors College examining the advantages of open data sharing in neuroscience research, before departing to spend six months working as a sourcing intern at Clorox, where he developed business skills – particularly developing cost savings measures to improve efficiency in the company’s supply chain.
Matt has volunteered teaching basic English and science to children in India, chaired a fundraising committee for THON (the largest student-run philanthropy in the world), and plays soccer on Penn State’s successful club team.
As a first-year student in Penn State’s MBA program, Matt is concentrating in healthcare management. Matt desires to become a physician who understands both the business and scientific aspects of healthcare. He hopes to attend medical school after graduation.
Mark Mazzucco is a junior Metallurgical Engineering student at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, having previously graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a focus in pre-med from Arizona State University in 2013. On top of his demanding course load Mark currently competes at the NCAA Division II level for the Hardrocker Men’s Basketball team as a point guard and serves as the S.M.E. Metallurgical Department spokesperson. Just last semester he was recognized for his continuous success in the classroom with his acceptance into Tau Beta Pi, the Engineering Honor Society.
Recently, Mark has landed himself an internship with ExxonMobil this upcoming summer in Beaumont, Texas working with the Materials Group. Last summer he had the opportunity to intern with Intel within the Substrate Processing Technology Development Group where he worked extensively with failure analysis. Although his time at Intel was not long, he managed to be named Intern of the Week as well as first on Intel’s Vanguard. During his internship he led a project to help with the failure testing of the substrates and collected data for the adhesion properties.
While maintaining his 4.0 GPA, Mark is also involved in his community through volunteer work, including his school’s Mines Buddies program. The program helps connect Mark with opportunities to interact with the special needs community, whether it be going to musical performances with them to just hanging out around town. In addition, he helps at the nearby elementary school by tutoring students in mathematics.
Jared Standish, a Business major at Bunker Hill Community College in Boston, Massachusetts, had worked at EMC Corporation for less than five months when he was nominated for their second quarter Rewards and Recognition (R&R) award. His supervisor in the Global Services Marketing Program, Collette Knightly, noted that “R&R Awards are typically given to full-time employees rather than college interns” but Jared had proven in only a short time to be “a valuable asset”. Jared has since earned two additional R&R Awards in Q4 of 2014.
Jared was selected for his internship with EMC Corporation through the competitive Learn and Earn program; he was one of 266 students who applied for 50 spots with regional business partners. Sharon Schaff, Director of Career Planning, Internships, and Learn and Earn at Bunker Hill, wrote in her nomination that Jared is “one of the most enterprising, industrious, and goal-orientated students [she has] ever come across.” As a student at Bunker Hill, Jared has held a 4.0 GPA, even while interning full time and maintaining duties as co-owner and vice president of his business, Explore! Skate Co LLC.
Jared’s regular duties at EMC Corporation include graphic design work, customer reference database management, newsletter development and design (distributed to over 17,000 employees), and managing the Global Services presence on the company’s new social intranet called Inside EMC. Knightly wrote in her nomination that Jared “works well with all levels of employees from fellow interns to senior leaders” and that his “colleagues have showed a deep appreciation for his creativity and work ethic”. He even earned the chance to design one of the main promo materials distributed to over 13,000 attendees of the EMC World annual tradeshow. Jared’s work is so appreciated that his internship has been extended three times through the Spring 2015 semester.
Jared’s dedication knows no bounds; he has commuted 1.5 hours each way to his internship at EMC Corporation, and while there participated in employee service days, where he painted, landscaped, and completed wood-working for Habitat for Humanity.
Jared wrote that this internship has confirmed his career path in marketing, and his experience with Explore! Skate Co has reinforced his interest in entrepreneurship.
Through the Cooperative Education and Internship Program at Mississippi State University (MSU) hundreds of students gain hands-on work experience related to their fields of study each semester. An ongoing goal of ours is to ensure that opportunities are available to meet the needs of all of MSU’s diverse student population. When it became a concern that students with disabilities were underutilizing Career Center services, we began the work of developing programming and services specific to this student population. In 2011 the MSU Career Center became a registered campus recruiting site for the Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP). WRP is a recruitment and referral program that connects highly motivated college students with disabilities with federal and private sector employers nationwide through summer internships or permanent jobs.
Since the Cooperative Education and Internship program is rooted in learning, we believe that engaging students with disabilities at this level provides the greatest potential for impact, thus increasing the likelihood that they will continue to use Career Center services as they progress toward graduation. Therefore, we have considered our partnership with The Workforce Recruitment Program a “gateway” opportunity that allows us to:
Hiring agencies have included the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. We believe that students returning to campus after summer internships have started to serve as unofficial program ambassadors which has influenced student interest around campus.
Dr. Maureen Drysdale is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Adjunct Professor with the School of Public Health and Health Systems at St. Jerome’s University/University of Waterloo. She is also a Research Associate with the Waterloo Centre for the Advancement of Co-operative Education (WatCACE; http://www.watcace.uwaterloo.ca/ ). She holds a BSc in geochemistry and psychology, a BEd in secondary science, a MSc in educational psychology, and a PhD in educational and developmental psychology. She teaches courses in adolescence, educational psychology, child psychopathology, and statistics. Her research examines the skill acquisitions and learning outcomes of students transitioning to the labour market. A primary focus has been on examining whether co-operative and work-integrated education (CWIE) enhances certain attitudes and behaviours believed to be important for successful transitions. These include self-concept, hope, study skills, motivation, anxiety, sense of belonging, and overall mental health.
In 2003, Dr. Drysdale was selected to be a Research Associate for the Waterloo Centre for the Advancement of Cooperative Education. Her role was to be a leader and advance research on CWIE. In 2004, she received a Canadian SSHRC award to examine the role of coop in the transition from post-secondary education to the labour market. The successful completion of this SSHRC coupled with the numerous projects since have resulted in international recognition in the area of CWIE. In 2008 and 2010, she was a visiting scholar at the University of Gothenburg and University West in Sweden – invited to help advance their research on CWIE and labour market transitions. From 2008 to 2013, she served on the CEIA Board of Directors as VP of Research. In 2012, she was elected to the Board of Directors for the World Association for Cooperative and Work-Integrated Education and asked to develop and Chair the WACE International Research Group – comprised of over 55 CWIE researchers from around the globe who are examining the benefits of CWIE.
Dr. Drysdale has been an invited speaker and has presented her findings at numerous professional conferences such as the Australian Collaborative Education Network (ACEN), American Educational Research Association (AERA), American Psychological Association (APA), Canadian Association For Cooperative Education (CAFCE), Cooperative Education and Internship Association (CEIA), Canadian Psychological Association (CPA), Society for Research on Adolescence (SRA), and the World Association for Cooperative Education (WACE). She has supervised several theses on CWIE and school-to-work transitions with two of them receiving top awards. She has published her work in several journals including the Journal of Cooperative Education & Internships, the Asia Pacific Journal of Cooperative Education, and The International Handbook for Cooperative Education and Work-Integrated Learning.
Dr. Drysdale is a past recipient of two prominent research awards: the CEIA Ralph Tyler Award (2008) and the CAFCE Graham Branton Award (2010) – both in recognition for outstanding and distinguished scholarly research in cooperative and work-integrated education.