|1) Project Scope (Please provide a brief summary of the project being supported by the Student Services Fee. Limited to 250 words.):
Founded in 2006, the Professional Internship Program (PIP) is an award-winning program that provides the opportunity for motivated students to learn more about leadership theory and gain practical experience through elevated job responsibilities. PIP successfully helps shape students into professionals, and students are encouraged to assume the roles and responsibilities of managers as on-campus positions become available.
Workshop and classroom curriculum prepares qualified students with training in management theory and leadership skills. Advanced positions in various business units across campus, and working on various student affairs projects, then provide guided application of the classroom theory.
During the semester-long course component, students produce formal proposals for projects and programs that enhance student life at the University of Arizona. At semester's end, students present their proposals to Senior Management and Administrators. Dependent upon departmental funding, and projected fiscal feasibility, students may have the opportunity to see their projects implemented.
An additional long-term, sustainable, benefit of PIP is consistent student feedback and student perspective. Furthermore, since these students are also student-employees, they are able to offer a unique perspective.
SSF funding supports the PIP Graduate Coordinator. The Graduate Coordinator develops, plans, and presents leadership workshop curriculum (Fall semester) and course content for EDL 297A (Spring semester); individually coaches and mentors students; maintains student records; and coordinates PIP's social media.
|2) Outcomes (What were the goals of your proposal and were the goals met? For example, the project was able to provide 20 additional students a month with counseling; 50 additional grad students were able to attend conferences; Safe Ride expanded its services by 20 hours a week. Please include data i.e. graphs, budgets, numbers.):
• Every Spring, students work in teams to present between three and four major initiatives for the University.
• Between 2006 and 2011, ten of these proposals were implemented.
• Two additional projects from Spring 2012 are currently being refined and considered for implementation.
• Implemented projects include:
o Creation of student-run departments (Student Human Resources, Unions’ Social Media Management, and Customer Service Assessment)
o Renovations of the Student Unions’ Games Room and UMart
o Establishment of the current online job application process for Arizona Student Unions, and,
o Multiple improvements to late-night dining options.
Advanced Position Creation
• There are currently 26 student-manager positions available only to PIP students in the Arizona Student Unions.
• After the students successfully complete the PIP Course in Spring 2013, there will be at least 29 student-managers (PIP alumni) in the Arizona Student Unions.
• Three advanced positions for PIP students are available in the Arizona BookStores, and Residential Education’s Desk Managers are eligible for participation in PIP.
• Campus Recreation joined PIP during the 2011-2012 academic year and currently has two PIP positions.
Increased Hours of Instruction
• This year, PIP introduced a Fall Workshop series. This workshop series, offered in the Fall Semester, now serves as a foundation for a revised, more in-depth, Spring course (EDL 297A).
• This has allowed students to develop more advanced skills in: business writing, public speaking, time management, productivity, and critical thinking.
• The workshop component increased the direct instruction time from approximately 27 hours (during the one-semester course) to 39 hours (over the course of two semesters). That is approximately a 44% increase in the amount of time these students are actively engaging with an instructor.
o Based on current feedback, this format- although more time consuming- is favored by the students. One former student said, “I wish our class did [the workshops]; it would have made the class go more smoothly.”
o The Fall Workshops focus on broad-based leadership and management skills (goal setting, time management, business writing, public speaking, persuasion, stress management, and team building). This better prepares students for the demands of the course- which now focuses more intensively on project management and the translation of leadership skills to the working environment.