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A Campus Culture of Internships

The Internship Council (IC) consists of staff and faculty from all across the University of Utah who are dedicated to creating internship opportunities for students and a culture of internships across campus.


The mission of the IC includes the following:


Advocate for students to incorporate an internship in their collegiate experience and ensure they are closer to achieving their professional growth.


Collaborate with employers to acquire consensus about internships, both short–and long-term value, and discuss best practices.


Facilitate the connection between employers and students and enable their mutually beneficial internship experiences.


Partner with the campus community to draft and update policy and processes surrounding all aspects of internships.

Definition of an Internship

The University of Utah views an internship as the following:

An internship is a form of experiential education that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skill development in a professional setting. Students earn academic credit, or there is some other connection to a degree‐granting, educational institution. This work/learning arrangement is overseen by a faculty or staff member of an educational institution and by a designated employee of an organization. The internship is usually the length or equivalent of an academic term, may be part‐time or full‐time, paid or unpaid. An integral component of the experience that distinguishes it from other types of work is one or more forms of structured and deliberate reflection contained within learning agendas or objectives. 

True, M. Starting And Maintaining A Quality Internship Program. Mechanicsburg, PA 

Internship Council Members

Please contact the listed staff member below to learn more about internship support and initiatives in their college/department:

Athletics Department
Gianna Colosimo, Dir. of Player Development

Career & Professional Development Center
Preston Nielson, Associate Director, Outreach & Engagement

College of Health
Shari Lindsey, Academic Advisor

College of Humanities 
Cameron Vakilian, Academic Advisor & Internship Coordinator(Department of Communication)
Ned Khatrichettri, Internship Coordinator

College of Mines and Earth Sciences
Preston Nielson, Associate Director, Outreach & Engagement

College of Social & Cultural Transformation
Jen Wozab, Student Support Coordinator & Academic Advisor

College of Science
Jacqueline Broida, Internship Coordinator

College of Social & Behavioral Science
Dominique Blanc, Associate Director, Internship Programming
Brett Gaffney, Advisor, Internship Programming

College of Fine Arts
Kate Wolsey, Internship Coordinator

Entrepreneurship & Strategy
Bradley Williams, Dir. of Entrepreneurship Program

Hinckley Institute
Jean Oh, Dir. of Global Internships
Ann Lopez, Outreach Coordinator

Morgan Lyon Cotti, Assoc. Director
Gina Shipley, Dir. of National Internships

Kinesiology Program
Traci Thompson, Dir. of Peak Health and Fitness

Parks, Recreation and Tourism
Preston Tanner, Internship Coordinator