Students from the Missouri Innovation Campus (MIC) program’s 2022 cohort are gearing up to start valuable, three-year paid internships with some of the nation’s top companies.
The MIC program is a nationally recognized partnership involving the University of Central Missouri, Metropolitan Community College, the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District, and metro-area businesses.
The unique internship program provides high school juniors with the opportunity to apply what they are learning in the classroom while working as a valued team member at leading companies. Students enrolled in the MIC program have the chance to earn a bachelor’s degree in a high-demand field just two years after high school graduation, with little to no student debt.
The program’s successful internship program recently matched students with industry-leading companies, including SS&C (Software Development), Olsson Engineering (Design and Drafting), eHawk (Software Development), Black & Veatch (Design and Drafting), McKesson (Software Development and Cybersecurity), UMB (Big Data and Software Development), Lead Bank (Big Data), Community America (Big Data), Tyler Technologies (Software Development), Burns & McDonnell (Design and Drafting), and Cyderes (Cybersecurity).
The MIC program participants start this accelerated bachelor’s degree program at the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District’s Summit Technology Academy, where they are enrolled in one of several capstone courses, including Big Data and Business Analytics, Cybersecurity, Digital Electronics/Engineering Technology/Design and Drafting, Software Development/Computer Science, Software Engineering, and Computer Information Systems.
Preparing for the three-year internships begins several months before students are placed with each company. Students participate in resume writing and interviewing skills workshops, mock interviews, and job readiness/soft skills workshops beginning in fall 2022. Additionally, families participate in a parent informational meeting about the internships.
The MIC program students will begin their internships in June, where each business will create relevant, real-life job experiences over the three-year placement. Among the program’s graduates, 91 percent traditionally accept a position with the company where they interned, with close to 99 percent accepting a job with a MIC program partner.
For more information about the Missouri Innovation Campus program, visit the program’s webpage.
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