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.
Students are recognized for their participation in the Baker Organizational Observation for Knowledge (BOOK) Program, a program that helps students expand on their internships.
The Career Involvement Program (or internship) enables a student to integrate on-campus academic study with off-campus work experience.
Brittni Sayers participated in a therapy program internship at Island Dolphin Care in Key Largo, Fla.
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.