At many institutions, internships are an afterthought, left for already-busy students and faculty to identify, facilitate and monitor themselves.
Not so at Saint Michael's.
Labrake-Muehlberger is particularly well-suited for and adept at her role as internship coordinator. She holds the unique position because of her numerous, far-reaching connections within the Burlington professional community and beyond. Those connections allow her to maintain a variety of standing internship agreements with reputable companies, while the internship-specific focus of her job enables her to tailor each internship to a student's needs and, in certain cases, even hatch a brand new internship from scratch.
That advisor and Labrake-Muehlberger ensure students are not only getting practical experience, but processing and packaging that experience properly afterward.
Finally, students must complete a reflective paper on what they learned about themselves and the businesses they worked at.
"We want them to get experience but also to process that experience," Labrake- Muehlberger said.
In this way, internships serve the dual purpose of providing practical experience and helping students identify what is important to them in their future employment. They also benefit from the strong, close relationships Labrake-Muehlberger has developed with the site supervisors and the overwhelming respect they have for the caliber of our students."
"The Burlington community is waiting for these students to knock on their doors," Labrake-Muehlberger says. "The site supervisors appreciate our students so much and tell me that our students are fabulous interns and have terrific work ethics. They're great team players. They really become an asset."
at sites like UBS, Sopher Investments, the Vermont Refugees Program, the Vermont Technology Council, the Vermont Council of World Affairs, Make-A-Wish, the IRS, the Vermont State Archives, the Flying Ryan Hawk Foundation, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, and the Burlington International Airport, a specially organized internship that allowed Justin Costanga '12 to pursue his dream career in airport management.
"The time to start is sophomore year," she said. +
These sites bring students on, help them be part of their teams. They get to see so much they can't see elsewhere."