St. Thomas University builds on internships
Since being added to the undergraduate curriculum in fall 2019, St. Thomas University’s experiential learning experience requirement continues to connect students with prominent businesses and potential employers.
Not letting the pandemic stall the program’s success and degree of participation, the university at 16401 NW 37th Ave. in Miami Gardens has worked closely with internship providers and created micro-internships and focused projects that students were able to access virtually.
“A vital piece of character formation is having experiences outside the classroom,” said Dr. Jeremy Moreland, St. Thomas University’s provost. “Experiential learning is key for our students to have magical experiences as they become ethical leaders in our global community.”
As the roughly 1,300 St. Thomas undergraduate students return to in-person classes and bring life back to the campus, partnering companies will also welcome back interns as it becomes safer to congregate at work sites, Mr. Moreland said, after seeing the university’s student population grow over 30% in the last couple of years.
In December, 98 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree, with a little over 62% employed full-time by local municipalities, military, federal agencies and major technology corporations.
“We got a diverse number of employers welcoming our students as interns and later as employees,” Mr. Moreland added, “which was very rewarding to see, especially during the middle of a pandemic.”