To expand our impact, the Office of Transformational Learning welcomes a team of undergraduate and graduate assistants to participate in a year-long internship. Our interns are critical to the success of the OTL team.
The OTL internship experience is marked by two distinct elements:
- Strengths-Based Approach: We understand that you have unique abilities and skills that you bring to this work. You aren't applying to a particular job, but you are applying to a role that will evolve based on your strengths and areas of expertise.
- Meaningful Work: We want to make sure that you have the opportunity to grow and explore your areas of interest. In collaboration with you, we identify meaningful work that will enhance your development, while also contributing to the needs of OTL.
Examples of past internship projects have included:
- Generating insights from student learning outcomes data through SPSS or Tableau;
- Creating accessible documents and PowerPoint presentations;
- Training Smith teaching assistants to assess soft skills such as oral or written communication;
- Conducting focus groups to gather data from key stakeholder groups; and
- Synthesizing complex research ideas into concise, practical teaching and learning strategies.
OTL provides transferable skills to interns through our monthly workshops. We practice important skills such as oral communication, team building, navigating difficult conversations, and thinking critically. Workshops are tailored to specific intern groups, based on needs and interests.
It is a special privilege for the OTL team to receive emails from recently graduated student interns who speak to the role that OTL has had in shaping their Smith and career experiences. As one of our current interns, Jason Lynn, noted:
"I've had the pleasure of working with OTL for a little more than a year so far and it has been a great opportunity for me to gain professional experience while doing real meaningful work…[I] was given tremendous autonomy to handle research assignments, identify projects that interested me and focus on redesigning the organization's website flow. These projects allowed me to gain valuable experience working in different teams, solving different problems hands-on, and owning my own work." We are indebted to our interns for filling an important role within our team by contributing creativity, and enhancing our capacity.
The Administrative team supports all of the teams in the Office of Transformational Learning through administrative tasks, project and program management, and excellent customer service.
The Course Development (CourseDev) team helps to innovate instruction at Smith through a variety of initiatives and strategic plans. Our team engages faculty through immersive workshops, along with more intimate faculty coaching to incorporate student feedback and peer evaluations. Additionally, our instructional designers pull together both on-campus and external resources to promote rigorous, engaging learning experiences for students. Our team encourages academic innovation and collaboration, creating opportunities for students to go beyond the classroom and apply their knowledge to today's most complex and relevant business challenges.
Within OTL, the Experiential Learning (ExL) team helps bring real-world learning experiences in the classroom with corporate and alumni partners to facilitate Smith Live Cases and Smith Speakers, as well as project-based learning engagements, the Innovo Scholars Consulting Program, and other experiential learning initiatives at Smith. Our team encourages academic innovation and collaboration to create opportunities for students to go beyond the classroom and apply their knowledge to today's most complex and relevant business challenges.
EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY (GRAPHIC DESIGN / MEDIA)
The Educational Technology (EdTech) team provides support to faculty on a number of different technology platforms. We help faculty utilize their Canvas sites to enhance student engagement and the learning experience.
The Learner Success team manages key initiatives that drive curricular and programmatic change at Smith. OTL oversees the Assurance of Learning Initiative, which identifies trends in student learning outcomes. Interns who work on the Learner Success team support the process of student learning outcomes data collection, analysis, and reporting. Additionally, students create surveys and lead focus groups to solicit stakeholder feedback on student competency development.
- Research & Assurance of Learning Intern
- Data Analytics Intern
- Public Relations and Communications Intern
Working with the Non-Degree Programs (NDP team includes a mix of content review, web programming, and instructional writing. This work culminates in significant contributions to videos, readings, and activities for learners to interact within our various programs. This work pushes you to find creative solutions that meet professional and instructional requirements.
The Office of Transformational Learning uses Clifton Strengths to leverage the strengths of our students while encouraging them to work through their "balconies and basements." This practice encourages positive teamwork and team-building, student relationships, and productive intern-deliverables for each team. While interns may work with different OTL teams, we provide three to four workshops each semester that allow interns to gather and work together.
Example of the most recent academic year workshop schedule:
- August: Strengths Finder Exploration
- September: Oral Presentation Assessment Training
- October: Critical Thinking Assessment Training
- November: Business Writing Assessment Training
- February: StrengthsFinder: TeamBuilding
- March: Navigating Difficult Conversations
- May: Virtual Internship Celebration