Crystal City, Virginia
April 29, 2018
April 29, 2018
May 2, 2018
Diversity and Corporate Engagement
Penn State Engineering Mentoring for Internship Excellence (EMIX) initiative features an innovative, new model for collaboration between industry and academia yielding dynamic, multifaceted outcomes and serving multiple stakeholders. Corporate partners strategically generate a pathway for diverse technical talent and optimize likelihood for retention and advancement. Undergraduate students engage in dynamic experiential learning complemented by semester-long professional development.
The overarching EMIX goal is to strategically optimize opportunities for industry partners to recruit, retain and advance diverse technical talent. EMIX initiative is designed to prepare women and underrepresented undergraduate interns for seamless transition to the engineering workplace. Professional development, sponsor research, and industry site visits empower students to optimize measurable impact throughout the internship, and to compete for challenging professional roles and projects.
Penn State Center for Engineering Outreach and Inclusion has engaged over 200 undergraduates with 16 different sponsors utilizing this powerful model. EMIX interns distinguish themselves in the engineering workplace as confident, competitive professionals empowered by soft skills that strategically complement academic preparation. EMIX intern cohorts are overwhelmingly characterized as superior, top performers. Interns excel in technical internships and competitively populate the sponsor workforce with diverse technical talent more likely to excel, to advance, and to be retained.
This paper will describe essential exportable elements in the successful Penn State EMIX model including practitioner timeline, sponsorship development, intern search, applicant screening, professional development, and sponsor site visit. Best practices and lessons learned will be discussed. Finally, Penn State EMIX outcomes and qualitative data will be shared.
Knobloch, C. L. (2018, April), Penn State Engineering Mentoring for Internship Excellence (EMIX): "Generating Strategic Corporate Partnerships to Catalyze Professional Success for Women Engineers" Paper presented at 2018 CoNECD - The Collaborative Network for Engineering and Computing Diversity Conference, Crystal City, Virginia. https://strategy.asee.org/29562
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