Bite-Sized Learning: Nonprofit Internships

Thursday, August 12, 12:00 PM - Thursday, August 12, 2021, 01:00 PM
Thursday, August 12, 2021, 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
Fee: Free

Are you thinking about starting an internship program at your nonprofit or looking to improve the one you have? Join our panel of higher education professionals to learn and to discuss how internships have changed over time and the best practices for supporting learning for interns during their time with your organization.

We will touch on legal/employment status issues, questions surrounding virtual internship opportunities/models, and how to reach students interested in your mission. You will interact live with the panel in Zoom chat and also have the opportunity to submit questions prior to the event.

The Bite-Sized Learning events are designed by MCN’s Greater Minnesota team to keep us connected across the state. While the topics are chosen to meet the needs of Greater Minnesota, all are welcome here! Each event will have a short presentation along with plenty of time for networking and discussion on the designated topic. Bring your questions and expertise on the topic! With our cameras and microphones on, we can stay connected, learn, and support one another.

Event Details

Register for the event on Zoom.

This event will have AI captions via Zoom’s transcription function. Please note that these captions are automatically generated by the computer software and may not always accurately transcribe what is said. If you need professional captioning, or have another accessibility accommodation, please email MCN’s program assistant with your request at least two weeks prior to the start of the event. Although we will attempt to meet all accessibility requests, late request may not be fulfilled.

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Speaker Information

CEllsworth HeadshotChad Ellsworth is an Associate Director for the Career Center at Carleton College, previously holding a position as the Program Director for Employer Relations. Prior to Carleton, he served the University of Minnesota community for more than 15 years in staff and adjunct faculty roles for the Carlson School of Management, where he was recognized in 2018 as Staff of the Year; the College of Biological Sciences; the Center for Academic Planning & Exploration; the Leadership Minor, the Office for Fraternity & Sorority Life; and Student Unions & Activities. Chad was featured in a Star Tribune story on December 29, 2018, “Coaching us to purposeful lives.” From January 2010 to December 2011, he served a Colorado-based nonprofit as President of the Board of Directors before becoming the organization's Volunteer Coordinator.

Char_MyersChar Myers is the Internship Coordinator for the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota. In this role she works to increase the quality of, and access to, internships for CLA's 13,000+ students through resource creation, providing departmental and programmatic support and building internal and external connections. Char also enjoys teaching CLA's central Internship Reflection courses where she sees the power of experiential learning for student development firsthand and gains insight into the breadth of organizational opportunities in the Twin Cities region and beyond. Formerly, Char ran the Great Lakes Career Ready grant internship programs at both St. Catherine University and Hennepin Technical College.

BrentO HeadshotBrent Olinger is Director of Workforce Collaborations for North Hennepin Community College. In this role, he matches students with employers for experiential learning opportunities including internships, job shadows, informational interviews, and networking events. Prior to working in higher education, Brent managed Adult Academic Programs for Mounds View Public Schools. Brent works hard to create, maintain, and improve collaborations with outside agencies with the goal of improving outcomes for all learners. He has written and been funded for more than $1,000,000 in competitive grants from National, State, and local levels. Brent also has an interest in volunteering in the community- he has served as President of Literacy Action Network, a volunteer tutor, and regularly delivers for Meals on Wheels. He also has served on the board for Free Geek. 

CarrieTKemp HeadshotCarrie Taylor Kemp is the Employer Relations Associate in Career Services at The College of St. Scholastica. She develops and enhances external partnerships with regional businesses and alumni to expand experiential learning and professional development opportunities for students. 
She has strengthened internship activity through institutional grants from Great Lakes Community Investments and the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation. She assists academic programs in utilizing technology and enhancing internship learning outcomes. Internally, Carrie is an adjunct faculty in the Stender School of Business & Technology, serves on the Sustainability Advisory Council, and recently became a search advocate, a role that helps committees minimize bias in employee search processes.

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