Our Baker athletes have experienced tremendous amounts of success both on and off the playing field. The Wildcat Spotlight showcases how our Wildcats are pursuing excellence in all aspects of life.
Athletic Director's Office Intern
Start Date: August (Fall Semester), January (Spring Semester)
End Date: December (Fall Semester), May (Spring Semester)
Duration: 5 Months
Hours Per Week: 40
Compensation: Credit towards undergraduate or graduate degree program. Meal stipend.
Openings: Multiple positions offered during fall and spring semesters
Application Due Date: July 15th for fall interns; November 15th for spring interns
- Enthusiasm to grow and develop as a member of a professional organization.
- Outstanding communication skills and ability to follow directions.
- Must manage multiple projects simultaneously in a fast-paced work environment.
- Attention to detail and strong organizational skills.
- Uphold confidentiality and privacy agreements set in place by Baker University.
- Evening and weekend hours will apply.
- Interest in athletics administration at the NAIA, NCAA, or NJCAA level.
- Provide support to the daily endeavors of the Athletics Department.
- Assist Athletics staff members in various projects throughout the semester.
- Oversee and contribute to all areas of athletics including but not limited to: Game Operations, Administrative Assistance, Sports Information, Fundraising, Marketing, Ticket Sales, Facility Management, etc.
- Completion of daily and weekly intern curriculum deliverables.
- Commitment to professional growth and development activities.
- Various projects assigned by members of the Athletics staff.
Baker Athletics Internship Program
The Baker Department of Athletics is committed to offering a meaningful internship experience to qualified candidates. A Baker internship prepares future administrators with the skills needed to perform in a professional setting while gaining knowledge in all areas of athletics. Interns have served as tremendous resources to the Athletics Department and actively contribute to the success of our program.
In many cases, inters are able to earn credit towards their undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Most internships coincide with the academic year, but there are instances when summer interns are needed. The fall and spring semesters are typically 5 month durations, provide at least 40 hours per weeks, and recognize holidays and institutional breaks.
Career development is a large component of a Baker internship. Not only do interns have the opportunity to add a wide variety of experience to their resume, but they also receive mentorship to ensure they are prepared to enter the professional world.
Our interns have served as tremendous resources for the Athletics Department and many former interns have gone on to become successful in collegiate and professional athletics.
What They're Saying...
"My internship at Baker prepared me for a career in athletics because it gave me insight into every area of an athletic department. I was involved with ticket sales, promotions, compliance, facilities management, and interacting with every team's coaching staff at Baker. I think this has given me an understanding of how each department works, and because of this, I can better communicate and coordinate with each department here at Marquette. I also think this is what sets an internship at Baker apart from other internships. The exposure you get to each department is great, and was helpful in deciding which aspect of athletics I enjoyed, and which department I would like to pursue a career in."
- Patrick Salsbury, 2012 Intern
Current: Ticket Office Assistant
"My experience with Baker Athletics was the launching point of my career in collegiate athletics. The administrators in the department immersed me in several different advancement opportunities that ranged from facilities management and game operations to marketing and student services. Baker Athletics is a highly collaborative department that encourages interns to take active leadership roles and to make confident decisions.
My experience was unique in that I was given the lead to revitalize the hall of fame rotunda in Collins Gymnasium. This task brought me out of my comfort zone at times, but helped me develop as a professional and as a person. Throughout the entire internship, Andrew acted as a mentor to me and we regularly engaged in "knowledge transfer" sessions. During these knowledge transfers we discussed different issues an athletic administrator is faced with and he answered any questions I had. This one-one-one time was invaluable, as it not only gave me more practical knowledge in athletics but my ability to critically evaluate situations also drastically improved.
I can confidently say that the short time I spent interning at Baker Athletics has been the most impactful experience of my professional life. Even after my internship had ended, Theresa and Andrew still met with me regularly to discuss my career ambitions and ensure that I was ready for the next step in my professional career. The connections I made with Baker Athletics administrators and the experiences I was involved in during my internship is what led to my job at the NAIA. It is the department's willingness to go the extra mile for their interns, as well as the collaborative environment that make this internship the perfect opportunity for anyone looking to work in athletics."
- Nathan Byarlay, 2012 Intern
Current: Champions Intern
National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics
"Baker Athletics was a well-rounded experience that gave me skills that are invaluable in the field of sports. Interns at Baker have the opportunity to be part of all aspects of the athletics department. I'm convinced that my future success in sport or business will be directly contributed to my time at Baker. If you have the wonderful opportunity to work here, be sure to be ready to work hard and you will receive experiences and relationships that will last a lifetime!"
- Tim Giblin, 2010 Intern
Current: Graduate Assistant - Facility/Events
Kansas Athletics Inc.
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Baker Athletics explores what Wildcat alumni have been up to since their glory days as a BU student-athlete. In this feature, we catch up with Jodi Akers. A 1991 graduate who cheered and ran track for the Wildcats, Akers currently resides in Chicago where she is the Vice President at LaSalle Investment Management.
Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science
Baldwin City Campus
Computers and technology touch every aspect of our lives in the modern world. Computer systems control machinery, the analysis of stock market trends, game design, visualization of chemical reactions, neural network design, computational geometry for robot navigation, automatic teller machines and patient monitoring in hospitals.
At Baker University, you will study the algorithmic processes that describe and transform information: theory, analysis, design, efficiency, programming and application. We offer a major and minor in computer science.
In the computer science major, you will take a core of subjects as well as electives in database, languages, artificial intelligence, networking, computer graphics, operating systems, Internet and software engineering. A high point of the major is the capstone project, where you will develop sophisticated computer applications.
No matter where you plan to take your knowledge of technology, you’ll leave Baker with the knowledge and confidence to build a better future.
Computer Science Student Experience
Baker computer science students have a multitude of opportunities for involvement in and out of the classroom. Small class sizes allow you maximum interaction with classmates and professors. Computer science students also take advantage of many activities beyond the classroom.
Research & Application
As part of the Baker curriculum, you will be actively engaged in the practical application of computer programming, database development and endless other usages of computers to enhance modern business, science, engineering and other fields. Recognizing that practical experience is essential in the modern professional world, we give you ample opportunity to practice the skills and knowledge you will learn in your computer science courses.
Research Experiences for Undergraduates
Baker students have been successful in obtaining research experiences for undergraduates. Held at major research universities in the summer, REUs are opportunities for undergraduate students in the fields of math, science and technology to take part in major research projects. REUs can offer you experience in various practical applications of mathematical theories and principles.
We encourage you to engage in as many real-world experiences as possible, allowing you to earn practical experience while developing the skills and knowledge you'll need as a working professional.
Minor in Conflict Management
This interdisciplinary minor provides communication skills and tools you can use immediately and later in your career.
Only Undergraduate Program in the Region
The minor in conflict management at Baker is one of very few undergraduate minors in the United States in this field. The minor teaches you the following:
- Advanced listening skills
- Ways to speak clearly and calmly when in conflict
- Respect for other disputants
- Third-party conflict management assistance strategies
- Ethics in personal relationships
- Tools for expanding the number of options for solutions
- Communication across cultural differences
- Effective group communication
Gain the Skills Employers Seek
A minor in conflict management is an ideal complement to any major and enhances the skills employers most value:
- Teamwork in diverse groups
- Critical thinking and analytical reasoning
- Creativity and innovation
- Ethics and values
- Complex problem solving
What Students Say About Courses in this Minor
- This class combined historical information in a way that opened my mind to current issues. My personal value of being more aware nationally and globally has increased. – Nonviolence and Social Movements student
- This class makes it easier to critically analyze conflict problems outside of class. In these situations, I find myself thinking about what I have learned. This makes me realize the amount of information I have actually learned. – Pathways to Dispute Resolution student
- I am a business major and this class has been more beneficial to me than any other class I've taken in college! Thank you!! – Interpersonal Conflict Management student
- I think this course will benefit my personal life just as much as my future career. I learned a lot. – Pathways to Dispute Resolution student
This interdisciplinary minor offered through the communication program offers students course options in counseling psychology, criminal justice and game theory as part of the requirements.
CO 115 - Oral Communication 3 hrs.
This course serves as an introduction to the principles of public speaking and interpersonal communication. Topics covered include models of communication, perception, listening, language, non-verbals, small groups, and relationships. Speaking performances are a central activity of the course.
CO 120 - Performance of Literature 3 hrs.
This course provides training in the art of communicating dramatic literature to an audience from the printed script. Examination of plays—serious and comic, classical and modern—as well as vocal production, are covered. (Cross-listed as TH 120.)
CO 230 - Communication Workshop 1 hr.
Students participate in communication activities. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor and audition required.
CO 237 - Introduction to Intercultural Communication 3 hrs.
This course deals with the management of messages for the purpose of creating meaning across cultures. The course focuses on such concepts as ethnocentrism, values and beliefs, cultural perceptions, language and meaning, and nonverbal behaviors. Specifically, the course will aim to have students develop an understanding of the intercultural communication process, enhance appreciation of diverse ways of communicating, develop analytical skills in examining intercultural interactions, and increase understanding of factors that influence cross-cultural communication effectiveness. Prerequisite: CO 115.
CO 242 - Interpersonal Communication and Ethics 3 hrs.
This course is a study of communication in one-to-one situations. Class sessions include exercises, role playing, and simulations. The goal of the course is improvement of communication and deepened self-awareness.
CO 245 - Advanced Public Speaking 3 hrs.
This course is designed to develop the student’s skills beyond the introductory experience in CO 115. Multiple speaking assignments provide a variety of speaking occasions and purposes. Students are encouraged to explore presentation formats beyond the two-to-five main points standard. This course will use the master class teaching format and produce a learning resume for the student. Prerequisite: CO 115.
CO 257 - Pathways to Dispute Resolution 3 hrs.
This course will introduce students to a comparison of the broad range of dispute resolution processes available in the US today. Negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and litigation will be explained and analyzed for strengths and limitations in a variety of conflict situations. Additionally, students will discuss in detail the elements of conflict diagnosis in order to select the most appropriate resolution option for any particular situation.
CO 328 - Political Communication 3 hrs.
The course studies the relationship between politics and communication through rhetorical criticism of such areas as political campaigning, political uses of the mass media, genres of Presidential rhetoric, and famous speeches.
CO 330 - Fundamentals of Public Relations 3 hrs.
This introductory course focuses on a broad spectrum of public relations activities, methods, and applications. Prerequisites: MM 140 or 150; MM 250 or permission of the instructor. (Cross-listed as MM 330.)
CO 337 - Interpersonal Conflict Management 3 hrs.
Conflict is a part of daily life, but the costs of ignoring it or responding to it aggressively are especially high. This course seeks to introduce students to the nature of conflict, to an understanding of individual styles and tactics, and to a variety of alternative responses to conflict situations (both interpersonal and between groups). Negotiation and mediation principles will be examined. Prerequisite: CO 115.
CO 350 - Organizational Communication 3 hrs.
This course examines how organizations communicate with their internal and external audiences. Methods of conducting communication audits and of enhancing effective communication for organizations are explored. Models of leadership and responses to those styles will also be discussed.
CO 355 - Group and Team Communication 3 hrs.
Whether you are a manager on a highway project or a coordinator of volunteer services at a hospital, you will need to enlist others’ cooperation to assist in the accomplishment of strategic plans and goals. In part, communication serves to enable people to deal with the task and interpersonal barriers that naturally arise as part of joint action. Hence, this course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and leadership skills to understand the dynamics of small groups and teams, manage conflict, overcome barriers, and accomplish goals. Prerequisite: CO 115.
CO 380 - Argumentation and Debate 3 hrs.
This course introduces the student to argumentation and debate emphasizing practical knowledge of logical decision-making principles. Topics include argumentation, case construction, and debate theory.
CO 420 - Communicating the Feminine in Ancient World Religions 3 hrs.
This course is designed to survey the role of gender-specific symbol use in religions of the world. Primary texts will be examined in search of answers to the following: what gender-specific symbols are used; how closely is the symbol identified with the reality to which it points; what implications does such symbol use have for the perception, status, and roles of men and women. Each student will lead a class discussion, and write papers and exams. Prerequisite: junior or senior status.
Students who graduate from the communication program at Baker University go on to pursue careers in human resources, community activism, law, public relations, secondary education, sales, university advancement, ministry, the entertainment and hospitality industries and many others. Many pursue graduate degrees in communication, and more are seeking advanced degrees specifically in conflict resolution.
BBA Admission Requirements
What We Need From You
- Completed application form and fee
- One year of full-time work experience
- A minimum TOEFL test score of 600 on the paper-based test, a score of 250 on the computer-based test, or score of 100 on the Internet-based test for international applicants (Minimum passing score may vary as the ETS revises the exam.)
- Official transcripts from all regionally accredited colleges or universities attended
- An official high school transcript with a minimum GPA of 2.3 or official GED certificate with a minimum score of 47 is required if less than 12 credit hours are transferred
Official transcripts from all regionally accredited institutions of higher education previously attended must indicate a minimum grade point average of 2.0. To be eligible to enroll in a major, a minimum of 36 transferable credit hours (D grades do not transfer) including three credit hours of Composition I with a grade of C or better must be earned.