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Experiential Education + Academic Credit = Improved Career Decision Making and Development

EACE Blog contribution by Scott Borden and Sue Pye, Rutgers University Career Services

This article is the third of a three part series focused on the strategic development, growth and ongoing evaluation of a for-credit internship program, the Rutgers Internship and Co-op Program (RICP) at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, a large, diverse state university.

The Rutgers University Internship and Co-op (RICP) program began in 2008 and over 1700 students have participated in the RICP Program internship and co-op courses with over 750 employers supporting students by offering opportunities. Pre and Post Surveys and rubrics are used to evaluate learning outcomes.  Students also evaluate their internship site and instructors.

Through this formal evaluation process, not only are learning outcomes evaluated but all aspects of the students’ course experience.  This valuable information allows the Experiential Education team to make impactful changes to the program.

Our senior survey is consistently updated and modified to capture relevant data.  The data from 2013 reflects that 85% of RICP participants who graduated in May 2013 received at least two job offers.  Consistently, feedback from students who participated in the program highlights that students would recommend the internship courses to a friend as well as their internship site.

While growing the RICP program is always a goal for Rutgers University Career Services, the over-arching goal is to encourage all students to participate in internships whether or not for credit and to encourage Rutgers employer partners to offer meaningful internship opportunities.  If internship sites incorporate the standards for credit-based internships, all students benefit, whether they are earning credit or not.

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Please contact Scott Borden or Sue Pye for further information about The Rutgers Internship and Co-Op Program (RICP).


borden-scottScott Borden is a New Jersey licensed professional counselor, national certified counselor, national certified career counselor, and distance credentialed counselor. As a Career Development Specialist with University Career Services, he provides career counseling, life-planning, and related programming to undergraduate and graduate students interested in pursuing careers within the following areas: business, communication and English. While working with all undergraduate and graduate students, Scott also serves as a liaison to students on academic probation/at risk for retention and transfer students new to Rutgers.

Prior to his experience at Rutgers and in private practice, Scott was an operations manager for Lehman Brothers in NYC for six years, where he managed the OTC Equities group and provided team-building and communications seminars to staff.

Scott holds a master’s degree in counseling psychology from the College of New Jersey, a bachelor’s degree in finance and management from Monmouth University, and is a member of the NJ Counseling Association, NJ Career Development Association, Middle Atlantic Career Counselors Association, and Chi Sigma Iota.

Sue Pye

Sue Pye

As the Assistant Director for Experiential Education my goal is to help students gain meaningful experience through internships or other related opportunities to enhance their academic and career pursuits. I also serve as an Instructor for the Rutgers Internship and Co-op courses. I enjoy helping students identify and achieve their career goals.

I completed my bachelor’s degree at Rutgers with majors in anthropology and communication. I obtained my master’s degree in higher education at NYU. Prior to Rutgers, I worked at Seton Hall University, The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), William Paterson University, College of Saint Elizabeth, and Kean University.

As an undergraduate alumna of Rutgers, I value the Rutgers experience and understand the complexities of such an impressive and large institution. My advice to students is to hit the ground running and get involved. Start gaining experience and skills by joining a student organization, obtaining an internship, volunteering, obtaining a research experience, or studying abroad.

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