Employer and Business Student Both Benefit from Practicum Course
Artemis, the Space Coast’s leading provider of IT services and solutions, invests in Florida Tech seniors through the Practicum Internship Program.
Artemis already has a strong connection to Florida Institute of Technology. A large percentage of their employees and leadership, graduated from the university and continue to collaborate with the school; CEO Travis Proctor, CFO Teresa Ho, and Vice President of Engineering, Daniel Schlegel to name a few.The collective partnership with the school is a perfect fit and benefits everyone involved.
At Florida Tech, every Business Administration undergraduate is required to take the Major Field Practicum course which sets the student up with a company internship in a field of their interest. The program allows Florida Tech students to get outside the classroom and gain real work experience while simultaneously earning three credits towards their degree. During the semester long course, students submit memos on what they have done on site, attend networking events, build their resume, and perform mock interviews.
Practicum provides students with insight into the industry, teaches them valuable skills for the workforce, and prepares them for their future career. It also aids the employer by providing a fresh perspective to the organization and the chance to assess the student’s fit as a future full-time employee. Artemis has previously participated in the program before, leading to full-time jobs for many interns.
Florida Tech professor Tom Staffaucher states that the course “has been a graduation requirement for the last fifteen years or so, and has enjoyed a great deal of success in teaching the student and validating business policies and practices found outside of the classroom environment.”
This spring, Artemis’s marketing team was able to partner with Florida Tech senior Stephen Kies, who is completing two Bachelor’s Degrees in Information Systems and Business Administration and was recently recognized at the 2014-2015 Florida Tech Student Leader of the Year.
As a marketing assistant, he gained awareness of how internal and external marketing works—as well as an insight into the IT career field.
Some of the projects he worked on included market research, analysis and writing content for the Artemis monthly newsletter and website—this article included. Stephen also had a hand in brainstorming and developing a new micro-site focused on Magento, a powerful e-commerce platform, to increase awareness of their development and support capabilities.
“My internship experience with Artemis has been extremely valuable,” stated Stephen. “I loved being able to integrate knowledge from both of my majors and apply it in a real business environment. The team let me jump right in on multiple projects and always encouraged learning opportunities that gave me real resume experience.”
At the end of the semester, host employers and students are able to provide feedback to the college for future improvement to the program. With the results that have been produced so far, Artemis and Florida Tech look to continue participating in this enriching program.
“Stephen is our second intern at Artemis and the fourth person I’ve mentored in partnership with Florida Tech.” added Marketing Director, Eric Needle. “We believe in mentoring and try and provide opportunities for students to build a portfolio of work while with us. I wish the program lasted longer than one semester—both student and our team win from the experience.”
“Stephen hit the ground running and was able to work on a number of projects with our Marketing and Development teams. I continue to be impressed with the quality of character Florida Tech students exhibit.”