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Alliance For Industrial Internships: Growth And Sustainability

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2005 Annual Conference

Location

Portland, Oregon

Publication Date

June 12, 2005

Start Date

June 12, 2005

End Date

June 15, 2005

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

BME Potpourri

Page Count

10

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10.144.1 - 10.144.10

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https://peer.asee.org/14643

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Charla Triplett

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Eugene Eckstein

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Alliance for Industrial Internships: Growth and Sustainability

C.K. Triplett1 and E.C. Eckstein2

1Biomedical Career Center, Chandler, AZ 85226 2 U. Memphis & U. Tennessee Joint Graduate Program in BME, Memphis, TN 38152-3210

Abstract - The Biomedical Engineering Alliance for Industrial Internships (BME AII) is a network of member universities throughout the United States that cooperate for the benefit of biomedical engineering students. Coordinators at the universities work in tandem with the National Director and in regional networks to further facilitate placement of individual students, promote awareness of program resources, and enlarge educational ties with companies in the biomedical industry. The main mission of the Alliance is to increase the educational experiences in industry for biomedical engineering students across the country. The extreme growth of the BME undergraduate major has given further need for the resources provided by the Alliance. This paper discusses the evolution of this organization, examines the trend towards successful regional biomedical engineering meetings and explores the perspectives of its member institutions. Most recently, the Alliance mission has broadened to include aid in placing new or recent graduates in BME who have had internship or co-op experiences. This natural growth will provide a means to continue mutual rewarding interactions among students, faculty, alumni, and industry, as well as offer additional means to fund the Alliance. The progress towards and challenges of becoming a self-funding organization and the recent formal affiliation with The Biomedical Engineering Society is also presented.

Keywords - Internships, Industry

Introduction

The mission of the Biomedical Engineering Alliance for Industrial Internships (BME AII, also referred to as the Alliance) is to provide educational experiences in industry for biomedical engineering students across the country. We aim to introduce companies to the unique skills and abilities of biomedical engineers, to provide companies with additional ways to recruit entry- level employees, and to facilitate the growth and success of our member’s industrial interactions. The mission has broadened to include aid in placing new or recent graduates in BME who have had internship experience in selected industrial experiences. This natural growth will provide a means to continue mutual rewarding interactions among students, faculty, alumni, and industry.

Proceedings of the 2005 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2005, American Society for Engineering Education

Triplett, C., & Eckstein, E. (2005, June), Alliance For Industrial Internships: Growth And Sustainability Paper presented at 2005 Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon. https://peer.asee.org/14643

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