Information and Technology Services at the University of Michigan offers an internship program each summer. ITS Internships are paid, full-time positions which provide an opportunity for students to gain valuable experience while making connections in the professional field they are considering for a career. Interns have the opportunity to work on meaningful projects in a structured and supervised learning program.
What's different about the ITS internship program?
Interns have worked on projects in their departments and within their cohort groups involving strategic planning, responsive web design, and even app development. Department supervisors suggested projects based on the intern's interests while the cohort projects were generally created by the group of interns. These projects encouraged learning new skills and collaboration with other ITS staff members.
Interns receive guidance from their supervisor and coaches within their department, as well as mentorship from leaders across ITS. These generally take the form of weekly meetings, whose timing and topics of interest are determined by the intern's need. This guidance can be in relation to the intern's projects, or general advice about career goals or the workplace.
Interns learn valuable professional skills at weekly intern retreats, which feature roundtable discussions with executive directors, presentations on emerging technologies and business skills, and other group activities, including the cohort projects that are presented each year to ITS at the end of the internship program.
Light Bulb by Ian Mawle from the Noun Project, Businessmen by Gregor Črešnar from the Noun Project, Tools by Lauren Gray from the Noun Project.