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K-State Today

October 11, 2017

Internship survey addresses need for outcome data

Submitted by Kerri Day Keller

Wildcat Internships Survey

Internships are important learning experiences for college students and as outcome indicators of university-industry partnerships. K-State's Wildcat Internship Survey, or WINS, will be distributed this week to undergraduate students who have a primary major in Agriculture; Architecture, Planning & Design; Arts and Sciences; Business Administration; Engineering; Human Ecology; and Technology and Aviation. Students in Education will not receive a survey as the college has 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 5 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.

More than 6,000 students responded to the 2016 survey and results were merged with student data in KSIS to produce universitywide outcomes and trends. Results of the inaugural Wildcat Internship Survey are available to the university community and public via an online dashboard

Ultimately, learning more about internship experiences helps 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.