Maine Business School Internship Coordinator Taylor Ashley was among 40 professionals from the United States and Canada who attended the Cooperative Education and Internship Association (CEIA) Internship Program Development Training in Vail, Colorado. in June 2022. CEIA Academy training focused on topics ranging from the history of cooperatives and internships, program structure, strategic approaches to fostering stakeholder buy-in, developing study programs and relations with employers.
“This training allowed me to network and learn best practices from my peers and seasoned professionals,” says Ashley. “I was able to share the success we have seen at MBS engaging our business students during the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the restrictions, we were able to launch programs such as Resume Workshops, Career Ready Games and lunch and learn sessions with Maine employers.
The training is aimed at professionals with between one and three years of experience in the field of academic/cooperative internship. Ashley’s takeaways include the importance of stakeholder buy-in, developing a strategic plan that implements proven and innovative practices, and the need to adapt to an ever-changing landscape. .
“This network is extremely supportive,” says Ashley. “It was extremely valuable to spend time intentionally exploring the value of work-integrated learning for student success and placement with colleagues from various institutions across North America.