Department of Geography

College of Liberal Arts

California State University, Long Beach

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Abstracts of Conference Presentations

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Dr. Irisita Azary

Presented:
"Outreach and 'Inreach': Development of a Geography Internship Program.Outreach and "Inreach": Development of a Geography Internship Program," to the California Geographical Society, San Diego, May 2000.

California State University, Long Beach, is proud to have one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse student populations in the country. It is not uncommon for our students to be the first in their families to go to college or the first in their families to seek professional careers in the United States. As a result, faculty play an especially important role in helping students to develop and refine their educational and career goals and to make the transition to full-time professional employment. To meet this challenge the Geography Department has developed an exciting internship program to serve our 80 undergraduate majors and 40 graduate students.

As Director of the Internship Program in Applied Geography, my first challenge is to give students hope and help them develop confidence in their future. I work to prepare students for career opportunities and develop some of those opportunities through alumni/ae and other industry and government contacts. I also expose students to career possibilities through invited speakers, tours and an active web site. Part of the site showcases recent student internship experiences in their own words and photographs. In essence, I open doors, then gently push students through those doors and support them until they soon forget they needed support.

The success of the program over the last several years is evident in the numbers of students placed in internships, the quality of the learning experiences they have, and the ongoing career success of recent graduates. Over 95% of students who do an internship go on to full time, geography-related jobs after graduation.

Dr. Azary also presented:

"Making Connections: Development of an Internship Program to Ensure Undergraduate and Graduate Student Success," to the American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, December 1999.

California State University, Long Beach, is proud to have one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse student populations in the country. It is not uncommon for our students to be the first in their families to go to college or the first in their families to seek professional careers in the United States. As a result, faculty play an especially important role in helping students to develop and refine their educational and career goals and to make the transition to full-time professional employment. To meet this challenge the Geography Department has developed an exciting internship program to serve our 100 undergraduate majors and 50 graduate students. As Director of the Internship Program in Applied Geography, my first challenge is to give students hope and help them develop confidence in their future. I work to prepare students for career opportunities and develop some of those opportunities through alumni/ae and other industry and government contacts. I also expose students to career possibilities through invited speakers and an active web site. Part of the site showcases recent student internship experiences in their own words and photographs. In essence, I open doors, then gently push students through those doors and support them until they soon forget they needed support. The success of the program over the last several years is evident in the numbers of students placed in internships, the quality of the learning experiences they have, and the ongoing career success of recent graduates.

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