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The implementation of a Developing Connections-type event requires collaboration between local community agencies, faculty, and the university. A faculty member needs to be identified as the point of contact for the event and the relationships between all stakeholders. Although several faculty members can participate in planning, it is best that stakeholders have only one person to communicate with regarding event logistics. The event is best suited for an academic program which requires an internship component. The internship component serves as the backbone of the event and the foundation for event activities.

Community Partnerships

Developing Connections relies on partnerships between local community organizations and the university. Many human service organizations and non-profits rely on personnel such as interns to sustain the services they provide. Alliances can be built with local community organizations by assessing their mission and scope in relation to your academic program.

  • • Does the mission of the organization highlight aspects of the academic program?
  • • Would a graduate from the program be eligible to work for this organization?
  • • Would a student in the program gain valuable workplace experience as a member of this organization?
  • • Is the organization open to hosting an intern in exchange for mentorship experience and guidance?

This assessment is the first step in determining if local community organizations have a need and can support a student intern.

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