The Innovation Internship Program is open to upper classmen interested in pursuing an internship with local Eastern Shore businesses, non-profits, or local government agencies. Started in 2016, the Program was a collaboration between the Kent County Economic Development Office and Washington College. It now provides opportunities in Queen Anne’s County and Talbot County. Innovation internships are scheduled during the Fall and Spring semesters and last approximately 16 weeks. Students must intern a minimum of 140 hours to participate. Another unique feature of the Program requires that interns assume “consultancy” roles with their employers working to help solve a critical/specific problem or issue during the semester. Examples of these contemporary, real world topics have covered expanding digital and media marketing outreach for local governments; developing new automation functions in manufacturing firms and working on local economic development projects.
Students chosen to participate are screened through the Office of the Assistant Dean for Curricular Enrichment and must maintain strong academic and social records here at the College. Participating organizations provide compensation either on an hourly wage basis or as a stipend. Interns must do the internship for academic credit which requires that they have a faculty advisor supervise the scholarship aspects. As part of that process, interns create learning contracts which are shared with the host employers. These contracts include several learning objectives constructed around the business/organizational problem that will be the focus of the internship. Faculty advisors assign readings and other relevant work for the student to complete over the course of the internship. Consequently, these experiences are recorded on students’ transcripts.
Many different entities have offered Innovation Internships, for example, CNC Chesapeake; Crow Vineyard and Winery; Dixon Valve and Coupling; Kent County’s Economic Development Office, the Town Offices for Betterton and for Rock Hall; WCTR Radio and Home Multi-Media, and Wye River Upper School. Interested students and or potential hosts are encouraged to speak with the Assistant Dean for Curricular Enrichment at Washington College to learn more about the Innovation Internship Program!