At many schools, internships are an afterthought. At Saint Michael's, they are a priority.
We focus on pairing students with sites that match their talents and studies and direct them into firsthand professional experience. Just as our students enjoy close working relationships with their professors, so do they benefit from the College's more than 200 approved internship sites and tight partnerships with those site supervisors.
Some of our more prominent sites include Ben & Jerry's, UBS, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters and the Flying Ryan Hawk Foundation. If none of the approved sites suit your needs or career ambitions, the College will also work with students to forge arrangements with new companies to ensure a productive, personalized experience.
A "Homemade" Internship - at the Ben and Jerry's Factory
What Students Say About Doing an Internship
- An internship is absolutely invaluable to your career. Not only does it benefit you technically, it also sends a signal to future employers that you are a hard working individual who takes the initiative to learn new things and perfect your skills. (Kara)
- Internships have allowed me to make excellent professional contacts, gain valuable work experience and greatly enhance my resume (Carrie)
- There are many different and interesting internships available to all majors (Natalie)
- Internships help build a resume that will catch the eye of a future employer. This has been key in landing a job after graduation. (Ashley)
- Internships bridge the gap between the classroom and the real world. (Ryan)
- An internship is an incredible way to gain experience that the classroom cannot offer. It is a wonderful supplement to a liberal arts education. (Sarah)
- An internship is the best opportunity you have to prepare yourself for the corporate world. The confidence gained through my internship was invaluable and will definitely have a profound effect on my job search. (Mark)
What Site Supervisors Say...
- I was fortunate to have a St. Mike's summer intern. She was a standout among the interns. She was an impressive young woman, bright, hard-working and diligent. She made an extraordinary impression upon all with whom she worked. (Bergen County Prosecutor's Office)
- I find it very easy giving the St. Michael's internship program high marks. The whole program is very well organized and user friendly. We continue to be impressed with the consistent quality and enthusiasm of the students. (Sopher Investment)
- Saint Michael's interns have proven to be serious and responsive. They are eager to accept responsibility and to exercise independent judgment. (Verve Editions)
- The interns that I have had from St. Mike's have been extraordinary young people. (Nowak and Nowak)
- Our organization is provided with talent and in turn has the ability to give real world experience to our interns. (Carved Solutions)
- We extend our thanks to the College and the program for giving us these quality students. They made a huge difference and positively impacted our business (Rome Snowboards)
Meet The Program Director
Joanne LaBrake Muehlberger directs the Saint Michael’s College Internship Program and was the co-director of the Center for Organizational Development at the College from 1984 - 2002. She also serves on the faculty of the M.S.A., teaching Professional Effectiveness, Managerial Presentations, Women in Leadership and Team Development.
Joanne maintains strong ties to the business community through her work as a corporate consultant, designing and delivering management and leadership training programs to businesses.
Among her corporate clients are: Ben & Jerry's, IDX Corporation, Burlington Electric, Mylan Technologies, Champlain Water District, IBM, National Life Group, Merchants Bank, Pizzagalli Construction, Vermont Gas Systems and NRG Systems.
Her areas of expertise are communication, public speaking and professional development. Joanne has training in Stephen Covey's 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and the Malcom Baldridge Certification Programs. She is also a volunteer consultant for the United Way Loaned Executive Program. Her extensive corporate experience combined with her graduate teaching enhances the overall credibility of the Saint Michael's College Internship Program.
Joanne LaBrake Muehlberger
Internship Program Director
Klein Hall 113
Evaluation Process For All Partners
Especially for Interns
During the semester, you are expected to have regular conversations with your site supervisor regarding your work performance. At the end of your internship, your site supervisor will complete the Intern Evaluation Form. (Direct your site supervisor to the Intern Evaluation form so he/she can provide you with feedback on your work.) Your site supervisor will conduct an exit interview with you, giving you both positive and constructive feedback. This will be an opportunity for you to discuss your overall work performance. At this time, you will receive a copy of the evaluation for your records. Your site supervisor will also send a copy directly to your faculty supervisor. You will also find a Program Evaluation, which is designed so that you can give our office valuable feedback regarding our effectiveness.
Especially for Site Supervisors
During the semester, you are expected to be available to your intern on a regular basis. Your intern will thrive not only on positive feedback but also on constructive feedback properly given to them. At the end of the semester, please complete the Intern Final Evaluation form. This is another opportunity to provide valuable feedback as well as closure. Following the formal exit interview, please give a copy of the evaluation to your intern and mail a copy to your intern’s faculty supervisor. The faculty supervisor will integrate your feedback in the final grade. We would also appreciate it if you would complete the Program Evaluation form and forward it to the Internship Director. This information has been provided in the introductory packet that you received at the beginning of the semester.
Especially for Faculty Supervisors
During the semester, you are expected to meet with your intern on a regular basis, discussing their progress and ways that he/she can integrate the classroom learning within the site experience. Please contact the site supervisor, creating an open and collaborative relationship between the College and the site. This information can be found in the introductory packet that you received at the beginning of the semester. You will receive a final student evaluation from the site supervisor. This grade is to be incorporated with the grade that the intern has earned working with you and fulfilling the academic component. The recommendation is 60% (Faculty) and 40% (Site). You will also receive a timesheet with the final site evaluation, confirming that the intern has worked the required number of hours.