MIC Interneships 2022 Cohort

Missouri Innovation Campus program high-school juniors recently learned their placements for three-year, paid internships beginning in June. Students in the morning session are in the top photo with students in the afternoon session in the lower photo.

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.

Edited by Link 2 Lee's Summit

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