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PBL Interns

At Northwest, we strive to be a leader in profession-based learning, a set of experiences developed through industry and community collaborations and partnerships, preparing all Northwest students for life-long learning, in their careers and as citizens. Career Services has developed paid on-campus profession-based internships in an effort to development new opportunities for Northwest students to engage in profession-based learning internships on-campus, to increase exposure of such opportunities to a broad audience and to encourage cross-departmental collaboration. These internships are paid by Career Services (up to 150 hours) in exchange for the selected interns documenting (videos, photos, blogs, etc.) their experiences for Northwest marketing purposes.

We know there are units who have occasional needs for student interns, and funding is not always available. Or, maybe the unit has never had an intern and isn’t sure how/if the process would work for their unit. This model allows units to essentially test drive the student intern model, utilizing existing Career Services student labor budget, and would simultaneously serve as great marketing materials for Northwest as the student interns tell their stories through social media.

How it Works:

  1. Interested units should complete the PBL Internship Application Form for consideration as a PBL Intern partner. The department should state their interest in having an intern and what specific tasks the intern would be performing. The tasks performed should be specific to the units needs for the profession-based learning experience.
  2. Career Services will then evaluate and approve or deny such a partnership in a timely fashion.
  3. Career Services and the partnering unit will then circulate the internship opening, conduct hiring together and would serve as joint supervisors of the selected candidate.

Information for partners/clients/units

How do I apply for a PBL Intern?

Interested units should complete the PBL Internship Application Form for consideration as a PBL Intern partner. The department should state their interest in having an intern and what specific tasks the intern would be performing. The tasks performed should be specific to the units needs for the profession-based learning experience.

 

Is there a cost to my department or unit?

No all PBL Interns are funded by Career Services (up to 150 hours). We only ask that your department or unit partner with us in the hiring process and supervision on the interns.

 

Who do I contact with questions about PBL Internships?

If you have any questions please contact:

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Career Services
Northwest Missouri State University
130 Administration Building
career@nwmissouri.edu
660.562.1250

 

 

Information for students

Can I do an PBL Internship for academic credit?

Yes, but you do not have to get credit for the internship. You will be paid for your time just like any other campus employment. If you wish to receive academic credit for the experience you will need to work with your academic advisor and school or department. Each academic areas has unique requirements and guidelines for internships so you will need to work with them to see if this experience meets your needs for credit.

 

If I do the internship or credit do I have to pay for it?

Yes, all internship classes require the student to pay tuition just like any other class on campus.

 

Are there set requirements for PBL Interns?

Interns will be expected to provide weekly deliverables via email to Career Services and their unit supervisor. Interns are asked to shoot all videos in high definition and in landscape (wide) mode and not to edit or alter the footage before they submit it. Weekly videos can be about the same topic as the other items or whatever the intern deems relevant.

    • Week 1 – 2-3 minute video introducing themselves and their role. Interns can talk about what they are excited to learn or do and what they hope to gain from the experience.
    • Week 2 – 1-2 minute video updating what they did over the past week along with 1-3 pictures demonstrating the type of work they are doing, along with a brief description.
    • Week 3 – 1-2 minute video updating what they did over the past week along with 50-100 words describing one thing they have learned so far.
    • Week 4 – 2-3 minute video updating the work they are doing in their internship, challenges they are facing, what they are enjoying so far, etc. 
    • Week 5 – 1-2 minute video updating what they did over the past week along with 1-3 pictures of them working with their unit supervisor(s) and/or co-workers.
    • Week 6 – 1-2 minute video updating what they did over the past week along with 50-100 words describing one thing they have been surprised about in their internship.
    • Week 7 – 2-3 minute video overview of the status of their project(s) so far.
    • Week 8 – 1-2 minute video updating what they did over the past week along with 1-3 pictures of the students choice about their project(s).
    • Week 9 – 1-2 minute video updating what they did over the past week and 50-100 words describing how they feel this internship has benefited them personally and/or professionally.
    • End of project - 3-5 minute video that recaps what they did in the internship, what they learned along the way and how they think the experience will benefit them in the future.
    • Date TBA – Create a poster and participate in PBL Palooza

 

Videos of previous PBL Interns

Abdul Ansari:


Navya Devineni:

Koffi Lewis:

Rajeshwari Rudravaram:


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