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Growth Of The Alliance For Industrial Internships

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2003 Annual Conference


Nashville, Tennessee

Publication Date

June 22, 2003

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June 22, 2003

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June 25, 2003



Conference Session

Ethical & Industrial Issues in BME

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8.617.1 - 8.617.3



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Eugene Eckstein

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Charla K. Triplett

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Session 2209

Growth of the Alliance for Industrial Internships

C.K. Triplett 1 and E.C. Eckstein2

1Biomedical Career Center, Ch andler, AZ 85226 2 U. Memphis & U. Tennessee Joint Graduat e Program in BME, Memphi s, TN 38152-32 10

Abstract - The Alliance is a network of coordinators and faculty from Biomedical Engineering units that place undergraduate and graduate students in industrial internship experiences. This network provides tools that aid in placing students in opportunities nearer home, in industries specializing in work that matches particular interests, in positions that were obtained through the national effort, and in local positions that would go unused. The Alliance web and phone-based support system enhances each unit’s individual efforts by offering additional opportunities and resources. The Alliance has evolved from a small group of 16 initial trial participants, to the current state of over 30 active participants. Evolution of the software and web sites that support the Alliance has occurred through feedback from coordinators, students and companies. A formal survey of our constituents allows for continued improvement of the system and development of a true value-added Alliance. Such feedback is being used to simplify the methods for collecting and distributing student applications. We will explore examples, statistics, and initial results of the first of the full year of the Alliance and address its future direction and growth.

Keywords - Internships, Industry


The Alliance is composed of a national coordinator with Alliance-wide responsibilities, affiliated member Universities, which are delivering BME internship opportunities to their students, and industrial participants who provide these opportunities. Individuals in these groups work together using modern personal communication methods and web-based resources developed by the Alliance. Members invest their time learning to navigate the Alliance’s technology. In return they have additional opportunities for their students, and access to other Alliance resources.

The Alliance functions as a group of programs working together to collaboratively craft improved methods to place students and promote internship experiences. While this network involves technology, it relies heavily on the interpersonal interactions of the individual program coordinators, the national coordinator, and industrial participants. We have learned that the

Proceedings of the 2002 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2003, American Society for Engineering Education

Eckstein, E., & Triplett, C. K. (2003, June), Growth Of The Alliance For Industrial Internships Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. 10.18260/1-2--11834

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