Magazine article Baylor Business Review

Hankamer Seeks Competitive Edge with Internship Programs

Magazine article Baylor Business Review

Hankamer Seeks Competitive Edge with Internship Programs

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The Hankamer School of Business is seeking to give its graduates a competitive edge in the marketplace by adding a significant experiential component to their educations at Baylor-corporate internships. The school has recently accelerated the development of business internships at both graduate and undergraduate levels. The developing programs are marked by rigorous standards that insure credible experiences for both students and host companies.

Jay Hardy, Hankamer's director of Graduate Internships since January, is working to grow new internship programs with companies across the state and to stimulate and encourage corporate support for the program in general.

Recent efforts are augmented by the school's already substantial base of companies who participate in existing internship programsa strong network of internships that have been developed most notably by faculty members Ray Read and Bob Jones of the management department, Nancy Upton of the entrepreneurship center, Roger Davis of the marketing department, and Jonathan Trower of the information systems department.

"The mutual benefits of internships are now being recognized by both students and the corporate world," says Dr. Read. "It's important to expose student interns to real challenges. If they're not asked to stretch their knowledge, talents and skills, neither the firm nor the student will ever know what they might be capable of.

"When internship challenges are met successfully, the host company is usually on the receiving end of innovative ideas from students, and the students in turn are able to add relevant experience to their resumes."

Hardy points out that "One of the problems students face in accepting an internship is that they can't afford additional housing costs while completing an internship in another city because they are locked into an apartment lease near the Baylor campus. …

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