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How your internship works at Metropolitan State University

Internships are a ubiquitous concept repeated in television, websites and radio. There was even a poorly conceived movie called “The Internship” with Vince Vaughan and Owen Wilson that centered on an internship with Google. But the realities of an internship through Metropolitan State University’s Academic Internship Program are more nuanced and personal.

More than anything, internships are practical real world experiences undergone for the completion of a student’s program of study, but even though everyone must take them does not mean they are uncategorical. There are three types: individual, group and program specific.

The individual internship is the traditional avenue extolled in popular culture. In it, a student works with a business, nonprofit or government agencies/officials to design a real-world learning experience. And at Metropolitan State, internships are not the demeaning labor that has been popularized in our culture. Metropolitan State encourages meaningful, rewarding work experience and financial compensation for interns.

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New major focused on supply chain operations

The College of Management introduces a new supply chain and operations management major to meet the needs of an emerging field. The program covers sourcing and purchasing, logistics and transportation, sales and operations planning and supply chain network design. Students learn managerial and technical skills and get the opportunity to participate in industry associations.

The prospects are great for a career in the field of supply chain and operations. The $1.3 trillion industry is getting bigger and more global each year with over a million supply chain workers needed by 2018. And according to Fortune Magazine, the average entry-level salary is higher than 75 percent of college majors.

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The perfect competitive advantage for students: Entrepreneurship minor, community engagement and career opportunities

The College of Management has created an exciting, relevant, and diverse menu of curriculum enhancements and career development programs designed to build students’ competitive edge and to meet the high demands for leadership in existing organizations and in business start-ups.

“Corporations and communities are demanding competencies in innovative thinking, problem solving, and cultural sensitivity in the twenty first century that our students are uniquely designed to meet. The development of the entrepreneurial mindset will help them build their own dreams and reach their fullest potential,” states Dr. Denise E. Williams, entrepreneurship and leadership professor.

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Listen to CWA podcast episode 6

The latest episode of the Communication, Writing and the Arts (CWA) Department’s podcast is now available. In this episode, Gail Smogard discusses the theater program and the wide variety of students the program works with.

Gail Smogard is a professor of theater in the CWA Department and theater program director. The university’s theater program offers the final two years of a theater major for transferring students and a minor for integration with other disciplines. Learn more about the program.

Previous episodes can be found at this link.

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Headshot of associate professor Quan Zhou
Quan Zhou

The latest episode of the Communication, Writing and the Arts (CWA) department’s podcast is now available. In this episode, Quan Zhou discusses the Design of User Experience Graduate Certificate. The program prepares professionals to design compelling user interfaces and digital experience.

Quan Zhou is an associate professor of technical communication in the CWA department and founder of the Design of User Experience program. Learn more about the graduate certificate and the minor.

Previous episodes can be found at this link.

New grad certificate in arts and cultural heritage management

Metropolitan State University now offers an arts and cultural heritage management (ACHM) graduate certificate designed to expand and improve skills for people who are active or interested in leading arts and cultural heritage programs and organizations.

The program is a management-oriented, skills-based program and focuses on infrastructure development, organizational sustainability, resource development and public accountability regarding funding and program results. The graduate certificate is oriented toward working adults, providing a dynamic multi-format program with a cohort feel and maximum flexibility to accommodate professional needs. Continue reading New grad certificate in arts and cultural heritage management

Degrees by design: Individualized Studies

CISFor more than 40 years the Individualized Studies program has been a cornerstone of Metropolitan State University, giving students authority and responsibility for their education and valuing learning acquired outside of a classroom. These concepts are embedded in the university’s mission. It was the first bachelor’s degree offered in 1971 and has remained the most popular degree in the years since, with more graduates than any other program.

Matthew Idzik, academic advisor, College of Individualized Studies, explains why the program has endured, “Individualized Studies offers students the chance to design their own degree program reflecting their educational, personal and career goals, a unique and rare opportunity in higher education.” Students usually design their degree from an interdisciplinary perspective, often building a bachelor’s degree on previous higher education completed at a community or technical college. Continue reading Degrees by design: Individualized Studies

Metropolitan State invites women veterans and service members to ‘Build Your Dream’ entrepreneurship workshop

BUILD-YOUR-DREAM-LOGOMetropolitan State University joins with leaders in the entrepreneurship and veterans communities to present the “Build Your Dream, Entrepreneurship-Passion, Innovation, and Prosperity” workshop. This experience for women veterans and service members offers participants exposure to career paths in entrepreneurship and innovation, whether in a business start-up or as an innovation manager in an existing organization.

The daylong workshop, Saturday, Aug. 8, is designed to provide information, motivation, and inspiration to enhance quality of life and career options for women veterans and service members. Participants will gain information on entrepreneurship from leaders in the field; explore how their skills and experience transfers to this new path; and hear from two panels of successful women veteran entrepreneurs in the Twin Cities. SCORE, Women Business Development Center, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, MNPTAC, Metro State Veterans Network and Minnesota Department of Veteran Affairs and other entrepreneurship and veteran organizations have served as the core coordination team for this initiative.

“This is a perfect example of how contributions from the community really can make a difference, serve unmet community needs, and build collaboration with the entrepreneurship, business and veterans communities,” said Dr. Kat Lui, dean of the College of Management at Metropolitan State University.

Metropolitan State University’s “Build Your Dream Day” is provided through tremendous collaboration and support from both community stakeholders and resources. The workshop was initiated because of statewide interest in supporting women, entrepreneurs, and veterans. Metropolitan State University has enrollment of approximately 800 veterans, one-third of whom are women. Over 11,000 veterans are enrolled in MnSCU.

“Our goal is to serve as a catalyst, resource and inspiration for the community through entrepreneurial education. The entrepreneurship minor has been expanded to provide the knowledge, mindset, and opportunity to students that can make a real difference in their lives” said Dr. Denise E. Williams, assistant professor in entrepreneurship and organizational behavior, College of Management, who serves as project director.

Registration for the workshop is now open on Metropolitan State University’s website. Space is limited to 50 women veterans and service members and going fast.

For more information about “Build Your Dream Day” and the participating panelists, contact Dr. Denise E. Williams.

Metropolitan State introduces Healthcare IT Management Graduate Certificate

stethoscope lying on keyboard of a laptopMetropolitan State’s Management Information Systems Department now offers a Healthcare Information Technology Management Graduate Certificate. This 22-credit program is designed to prepare professionals for the specialized needs of IT in healthcare, including the creation, management, storage, decision-support and sharing of health-related information.

Subject matter includes:

  • basic information management and general MIS/IT principles and practices
  • process analysis and project management
  • supporting the delivery of healthcare services and tracking health status
  • managing information and legal requirements related to healthcare industry outcomes
  • managing ethical and privacy considerations of healthcare information
  • how MIS/IT can facilitate biomedical research

To find out more visit the program Web page.