The Career Involvement Program (or internship) enables a student to integrate on-campus academic study with off-campus work experience.
Kendra Clark worked with kids with autism and adults with disabilities using hippotherapy during her internship at Midnight Farms.
Students in the Baker Organization Observation for Knowledge (BOOK) program research the organizations where they serve as interns and then present their experience before judges who award a cash prize. Read More
Nick Williams got hands-on TV broadcasting experience during his internship with NBC affiliate 41 Action News.
Brittni Sayers participated in a therapy program internship at Island Dolphin Care in Key Largo, Fla.
Julian Mills (with Purdue coach Matt Painter) helped coaches with video coordinating during his internship with USA Basketball.
During his internship with the Kansas City T-Bones, Ryan Lasneske learned the ins and outs of marketing and operations for a professional baseball team.
Internships allow students an opportunity to gain practical experience through on-the-job challenges and opportunities by blending knowledge gained from academic studies with real-world applications.
The Baker Organizational Observation for Knowledge program affects student learning by expanding the basic internship.
BOOK Participants Report Greater Satisfaction With Their Internship Experience
In this optional, above-and-beyond effort, interns interview managers, department heads and even CEOs, asking questions that impress employers and intensify their learning experience. Interns look deeper into the organization and research the following:
Once the internship is completed, students create and present a PowerPoint report to judges who are professionals and alumni in the community.
“Our hope is to build the BOOK program so it becomes an integral part of Baker’s experiential learning,” says Kevin McCarthy, chair of the Business and Economics Department. "An internship alone no longer distinguishes a college graduate from other job candidates. However, the BOOK program does have that potential."
All Baker interns are encouraged to participate in the BOOK competition. Recent winners have majored in computer science, biology, psychology, communication and business.