A Kaleidoscope of Programs that Motivate: Internship Programs

Motivating Students to Pursue Careers in STEM Fields
The 2003 PKAL Assemblies
What Works - What Matters - What Lasts: The Roles and Responsibilities of Leaders in Undergraduate STEM

Oberlin College
September 5 - 7, 2003

A Kaleidoscope of Programs that Motivate: Internship Programs
Friday, September 5, 2003
5:30 - 6:15 pm

Presenters:
F. Sheldon Wettack, Vice President for Academic Affairs & Dean of Faculty, Harvey Mudd College

Abstract:
Harvey Mudd College engages many of its students in a Clinic Program in which teams of four to five students, guided by a faculty advisor and a liaison from a local company, address a real-world problem (often interdisciplinary) posed by the sponsoring company. The client pays a fee and the team, each of whom receives 6 semester credit hours (two courses), pursues the problem, reports their progress along the way, and provides appropriate deliverables and a written report at the end of the academic year. The Clinic Program, which is required of all engineering and computer science students, and some physics and mathematics students, involves 35-40 projects each year.