Representatives from Career Services accepted a national Best Practices award from the Cooperative Education and Internship Association (CEIA) on April 16, 2013 for the Internship Certificate Program. As Cooperative Education and Internship professionals, we are frequently tasked to develop innovative solutions to a variety of program issues and problems. The purpose of the CEIA's Best Practice Award is to spotlight these new approaches and their application to other programs nationwide.
Career Services’ Internship Certificate Program was awarded second place by the Metropolitan New York College Career Planning Officer's Association's Alva C. Cooper Committee in the category for best practices in career development. The purpose of this award is to recognize the outstanding work of the members of MNYCCPOA and to foster its mission of promoting professional growth, and exchanging ideas, information and creative solutions concerning career development issues. In addition, the Internship Certificate Program was also selected as a finalist for the 2013 NACE Member’s Choice Award—College. The winner will be announced at this year's award ceremony which will be presented as part of the NACE opening night ceremony at the 2013 Annual Conference in Orlando on June 4.
The awards recognize how NYIT’s Career Services office took a grassroots approach to reshaping how internships are offered at the university. In developing a centralized non-credit bearing internship program, our career services team developed strong faculty partnerships, increased student participation, streamlined office efficiency, developed sustainable partnerships with employers and found a way of securing quantitative and qualitative data from all participants in a way not previously achieved by the institution. Since it began in the summer 0f 2009: 367 students completed the program earning $634,000.00; the program brought over 2,000 students physically into Career Services for orientations and reflections, and 274 unique employers hired our students.