“Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, PA, has developed the Experiential Learning Initiative (ELI), which requires students to not only complete experiential learning but also to reflect and translate their experience into transferable skills.
At Messiah, experiential learning can take the form of internships, service learning, off-campus programs, leadership experiences or undergraduate research, but all of the options ask students to reflect about the experience in a way that directly relates to a future career. From their reflection, students then produce a “deliverable” that will help communicate their skills to potential employers after graduation, such as a resume, portfolio or website.”
Mike True, director of the Internship Center, is among the most “visionary and forward-thinking leaders in career services and recruiting,” according to the 2014 Career Services Insights Survey, a survey sent to more than 700 career professionals representing 520 different colleges and universities. True is the only Christian college representative on the list.
Michael True, director of the Internship Center at Messiah College and a recognized leader in the field of experiential education, has been elected the new chairman of the board of directors for The Washington Internship Institute (WII).
“WII is extremely fortunate to have Mike True as the Chairman of the Board. No one has more expertise in the field of experiential learning and internships than Mike. He brings a wealth of knowledge and strong leadership skills to the organization,” stated Mary Ryan, founder and interim president of WII.
Mike True, director of the Messiah College Internship Center, was named one of the most visionary and forward-thinking leaders in career services and recruiting, according to his peers who responded to the 2013 Career Services Insights Survey. True tied for first place.
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Working under the direction of Library curators and specialists in various divisions, the Junior Fellows explore and increase access to the institution’s unparalleled collections and resources. They are exposed to a broad spectrum of library work: copyright, preservation, reference, access standards, information management and digital initiatives. In the past, summer interns have identified hundreds of historical, literary, artistic, cinematic and musical gems in the course of their work, representing the Library’s rich cultural, creative and intellectual assets.
Mike True, director of the Internship Center at Messiah College, has been selected to receive the 2012 Dean Herman Schneider Award from the Cooperative Education and Internship Association.
This award recognizes an educator with a significant and comprehensive record of contributions for the advancement of the philosophy and practice of cooperative education or internships over a sustained period of time.
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Mike True, director of the Internship Center at Messiah College, was named to the board of directors of Washington Internship Institute, an educational organization committed to individual development through excellence in experiential education.
As director of Messiah’s Internship Center, True coordinates internship experiences for about 150 students annually. True manages Internship-Net, a listserv used by more than 780 professionals across the world. He also authored “Starting and Maintaining a Quality Internship Program,” a handbook used by hundreds of organizations. True is a sought-after speaker and was named “Higher Education Leader of the Year” in 2002 by the National Society for Experiential Education.
Students who seek off-campus professional experiences in line with their major show responsibility for their career choice, according to Michael True, director of Messiah’s Internship Center, in a January 6 “New York Times” article that features experts from higher education institutions around the country.