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K-State Today

October 10, 2016



New internship survey addresses need for outcome data

By Kerri Keller

Internships are growing in their importance as a high-impact educational practice for college students and as an outcome indicator of industry partnerships. Although the need for internship outcome data is cited in multiple K-State 2025 plans, there has been no central assessment process to document when, where and with whom students are completing credit-bearing and co-curricular internships.

During the past 18 months a dynamic team representing Undergraduate Studies, Student Life, academic colleges, Information Technology Services, and other key stakeholders worked together to develop an efficient data collection and reporting process for K-State undergraduate student internships. The new process leverages existing technologies that will provide reliable metrics and next-generation evidence that can be shared both internally and externally.

The first step in the new process is to collect the data through the Wildcat Internships Survey, or WINS. The first survey will be distributed this week to undergraduate students who have a primary major in: Architecture Planning & Design, Arts & Sciences, Business Administration, Engineering, Human Ecology and Technology and Aviation. Students in agriculture or education will not receive a survey as these colleges have an alternative data collection process.

Students will access the survey via a unique link in an email delivered to their K-State email address. They will be asked to answer a few questions about their internship experience(s) during the previous academic year. The survey should take no more than five minutes to complete. Some colleges have elected to utilize a KSIS enrollment hold to encourage student participation. The hold will be automatically removed within 30 minutes after the student completes the survey.

After the internship data has been collected, the results will be to married with student data in KSIS to produce enterprise outcomes and trends via a user friendly, visually rich dashboard. A wide range of filters will provide valuable granularity for analyzing subsets of students.

Ultimately, learning more about internship experiences will help K-State students expand their connections with employers, provides academic advisors with internship ideas for students, strengthens university ties with industry, and demonstrates K-State's commitment to the career readiness of its students.

For more information and updates on WINS, go to the Career Center's homepage and click on the Internship Survey tab.

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