More Than a Summer Internship Experience

A great summer internship connects your passion with a company that adds value to you while you add value to them. Usually, the end of summer comes right as you are hitting your groove and beginning to get comfortable.
What if you could keep working for that company while you are back at K-State attending classes? You could stay connected with them throughout the school year and return for your second summer internship ready to take on more responsibility and take a deeper dive into the company.
What if you could walk into your first day of your first job and know what your boss needed from you, how to plan your day to get everything done, connect with your co-workers, manage a project and most importantly how your role fits the mission of the company? How much less anxious would you be on your first day if you had already been working for them and had people in the organization you already knew? How much more effective could you be in your first year if you already knew how to do your job?
Our mission at the Collegiate Career Development Program is to make the jump from college to the professional world easier for the interns of our partner companies. Colleges do a great job of preparing students with the newest technical knowledge. The challenges companies are now seeing with new college graduate employees are not a lack of knowledge, but a lack of familiarity with execution and experience in the professional world.
The CCD is built to be the link between companies several hundred miles away and their interns attending K-State. Interns work part-time with these companies, managing and working on projects while growing their knowledge of their role and how they fit into their partner company and the industry as a whole. Through that project work, guest speakers and learning experiences, interns learn to execute and develop the professional skills are imperative for immediate impact and long-term success after graduation.