A team-based project internship experience focuses upon solving a real challenge or maximizing an opportunity for an organization to foster authentic and deeper learning; frequently incorporating elements of multiple academic subjects.  Students will be required to be think critically across disciplines, work collaboratively with peers, and deliver real world solutions.

If your organization is interested in creating a team-based internship, we can help you customize that experience for your business and help recruit the students to participate. Let our career professionals help you create a team work experience that will be benefit both the students and host.


Learning and Development Objectives

As a result of participating in this team-based project students will enhance their knowledge and skills; including:

  • Collaboration:  Learning to work cooperatively with others, including people with different points of view
  • Communication:  Conveys meaning in a way that others understand by writing and speaking coherently and effectively; writes and speaks after reflection; listens attentively to others and responds appropriately
  • Demonstrating Professionalism:  Accepts supervision and direction as needed; values the contributions of others; holds self-accountable for obligations; shows initiative, assesses, critiques, and improves the quality of one’s work and one’s work environment
  • Critical Thinking:  Identifies important problems, questions, and issues; assesses assumptions and considers alternative perspectives and solutions
  • Reflective Thinking:  Applies previously understood information, concepts, and experiences to a new situation or setting; rethinks previous assumptions
  • Effective Reasoning:  Uses complex information from a variety of sources including personal experience and observations to form a decision or opinion; is open to new ideas and perspectives
  • Realistic self-appraisal, self-understanding, and self-respect:  Assesses, articulates, and acknowledges personal skills, abilities, and growth areas; uses self-knowledge to make decisions such as those related career choices

Sample Project Approach

  1. Organization identifies “challenge/opportunity”: Employer summarizes the challenge or opportunity; establishes desired outcomes, expected time-frames, and other project dimensions
  2. USG CISC works with the employer to identify best fit academic programs of study and collaborates with program staff and faculty to communicate/recruit students. 
  3. Student Team Design: Team membership numbers, roles, responsibilities will be unique to each project challenge/opportunity and organization requirements
  4. Team Leadership/Coaching/Support
  • Organization will provide at least one staff member to serve as the “Project Coordinator”; providing direction, support, feedback and evaluation to the team and each of the members
  • Academic Program(s) will provide at least one staff/faculty member to serve as the “Academic Mentor”
  • USG CISC will provide a staff member to provide support and process guidance to the students

Success Metrics


  • Number of students engaged
  • Number of organizations engaged
  • Number of academic programs engaged
  • Number of projects
  • Number of scholarships awarded
  • Scholarship dollars awarded
  • Internship/Project Evaluation
  • Learning and Development Outcomes: pre-test and post-test
Student team presentation
  • Portfolio
Project Coordinator
  • Skills evaluation of students
  • Project deliverables
  • Possible deliverable/assessment
Academic Mentor
  • Internship/Project Evaluation
  • Student Performance

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