University of St. Thomas

Corporate Internship Program Director

Jun 09, 2017
Jun 10, 2017
Job Type
Employment Status
Full Time

The University of St. Thomas invites qualified candidates to apply for a Corporate Internship Program Director within the Dougherty Family College. 

The Dougherty Family College is the newest college of the University of St. Thomas, opening in the fall of 2017 on the downtown Minneapolis campus.  Offering an associate degree in liberal arts, the college's curriculum will be rigorous and provide graduates with a seamless transition to public or private institutions should they decide to pursue a bachelor's degree. Students will receive mentoring from St. Thomas faculty, participate in paid internships and enjoy the benefits of being part of the state's largest private university.  For more information about the Dougherty Family College, please explore the website HERE.

This is a 12-month position that is renewable annually for three years.  Continuation is dependent upon ongoing funding. 

The Corporate Internship Program Director will establish the Corporate Internship Program (CIP) for the Dougherty Family College at the University of St. Thomas.  Emphasis will be on initial program development, organization and roll-out; establishment of relationships with Corporate Partners; management of intern placements, program design, and related opportunities; development of learning and engagement opportunities for students and companies; and initial development of assessment tools. The incumbent will work to enhance individual Corporate Partner relationships; expand the number of participating organizations; implement program revisions and enhancements; and conduct ongoing program evaluation. As the program grows, the CIP Director will develop efficiencies in program design and maintenance; finalize indicators and measurement tools; and establish recommendations and processes to ensure long-term sustainability.  The CIP Director will also facilitate the partnership and placement agreements with each of the CIP partners and coordinate with the Career and Academic Success Coach in the development of programs, services, mentorships and other opportunities that provide mutually beneficial training and engagement for both the student intern and the host company.

Essential Functions:

Program Development:

  • Develop and implement the CIP in partnership with DFC leaders and staff
  • Perform outreach to prospective CIP organizations and successfully secure their commitment to the program
  • Develop and incorporate program success strategies for diverse and underserved students, for whom internships are created
  • Design and manage the process for placing student interns with participating CIP organizations
  • Identify and create ongoing opportunities for students and participating CIP organizations to connect
  • Develop tools that assist with the assessment of student success in the CIP
  • Supervise graduate students enlisted to assist with developing and implementing the CIP

Training and Development:

  • Coordinate and partner with the DFC Career and Academic Success Coach to develop professional workplace skills training objectives and curriculum, near- and long-term plans of action, and first-year roll-out; initial assessment with corporate partners about workforce development needs; and intern evaluation tools for company supervisors
  • Develop curriculum and seminars, coaching sessions, and panel discussions (at least one per quarter) in coordination with Career and Academic Success Coach that integrate lessons learned at the Dougherty Family College and on-site work experiences; provide opportunities for corporate partners to become engaged with DFC students on-campus; and highlight resources in the broader community that could assist the students in their college and professional careers
  • Develop mentorship opportunities for corporate partners to participate in one-on-one interactions with students on campus
  • Develop a series of reflection exercises, journaling, and/or presentations for students to confirm the curricular intersections of their employment endeavors
  • Provide cultural competency orientation and training for partner companies

Program Management:

  • Develop measures, indicators and outcomes to evaluate the success of the CIP
  • Implement program revisions and enhancements
  • Ongoing dialogue with partners on refinement of program
  • Further develop of processes and program management with an eye toward efficiencies and long-term sustainability
  • Finalize and implement recommendations for improvement and long-term sustainability

This is a 12-month position that is renewable annually for three years.  Continuation is dependent upon ongoing funding.  This is a full-time, benefits eligible position. The University of St. Thomas offers a competitive and comprehensive benefits program, which includes medical, dental, vision, life, long-term care, legal, and disability insurance coverages. Offerings also include retirement plans, flexible spending accounts, a health savings account, and an employee assistance program. The University provides tuition remission to its employees, spouses, and dependents. In addition, the University values a healthy work/life balance and has generous provisions for paid time off.


Minimum qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in counseling, education or a relevant field, and five years of program administration experience to include experience with student development, career counseling, or job placement.  An equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and skills have been acquired may be substituted.

Preferred qualifications: experience developing partnerships and collaborative relationships, especially with corporations and non-profit organizations; experience facilitating small and large group activities, plan, and assess programs, and manage conflict; experience managing multiple projects involving a variety of constituents, including a demonstrated capacity to build relationships; experience and demonstrated ability to lead campus-wide projects, particularly related to serving racially diverse students at predominately white institution; and demonstrated competence working with individuals and families from diverse backgrounds, (racial/ethnic, economic, religious, etc.), including a background in social justice or diversity and inclusion and work. 

Required skills: Program development, implementation and evaluation; project management; analytical techniques; principles and practices of developing and motivating students and working in a team environment; principles and practices of conducting research, gathering data, and analyzing data to draw conclusions and formulate improvements; computer applications related to the work (MS Office, web content management tools, bulk email software, and online networking tools/sites). Excellent collaboration and planning skills. Excellent oral and written communications skills. Comfortable presenting complex information to various audiences.

Required knowledge: Issues, trends, and needs of higher education career development and mentorship programs; effective written and oral communication methods; administrative principles and practices, including goal setting; program development; techniques for understanding and effectively communicating with all individuals encountered in the course of duties. Knowledge and experience with student information systems, databases, report and survey software, etc. Knowledge of the complete Microsoft Office suite of programs.

Required abilities: Work effectively with diverse higher education populations; cultivate collaborative relationships with students, faculty, staff and professional colleagues; understand and use of current educational practices in student success; prioritize multiple tasks; communicate effectively; work independently and demonstrate initiative; follow-through on assigned tasks; answer routine inquires; make decisions, manage conflict; maintain confidential or sensitive information; plan, organize and implement a wide range of special events, programs, and projects. Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a complex, demanding environment. Ability to manage multiple priorities.

Inspired by Catholic intellectual tradition, the University of St. Thomas educates students to be morally responsible leaders who think critically, act wisely, and work skillfully to advance the common good.

The University of St. Thomas is committed to the principles of diversity and inclusion, and the goals of affirmative action/equal opportunity. The University welcomes nominations and applications from a diverse applicant pool.

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The University of St. Thomas is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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