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Team Internship Program (TIP) Lead Institution: University of California San Diego, San Diego, CA Category: Course/Curricular/ Industry/Internship Date Implemented: Summer 2003 Website: www.jacobsschool.ucsd.edu/TIP Program Description: Through UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering's Summer Team Internship Program (TIP), students receive real-world industry experience in a multi- disciplinary team environment. This experience builds their leadership skills while developing critical systems engineering have through internal R&D efforts. Industry and government understanding. During the program, students work on-site with sponsors get: a targeted and streamlined recruitment campaign; industry partners as a multi-disciplinary team focused on a exposure to future employees; competitive insights, fresh significant engineering project. Students work as paid full-time perspectives, and a unique valuation of a project; high potential employees over a 10-12 week period during the summer. Teams in proofs, prototypes, products, and patents; and optimized cost consist of 2-5 members, each with distinct engineering experi- efficiency along with maximized quality output. The majority of ence and training. Participants can be at the undergraduate, interns are offered continued part-time employment during master's, or Ph.D. level. The program is school or full-time employment after available to all engineering majors and in graduation. In some cases, the company some cases teams will include MBA, sponsors have completely shifted their cognitive science, visual arts, or other intern strategy to the TIP model. majors from UCSD or other universities. Assessment Information: The program is The majority of the internship projects are assessed both through final presentations located in San Diego or Silicon Valley but by the students and through a survey of the also include opportunities for students to work internationally. students and the corporate sponsors. Students give a formal Past international teams included projects in China, Germany, presentation on their project results to company managers and India, Israel, Japan, Korea, and Liechtenstein, among others. TIP UCSD faculty and staff. This final presentation promotes TIP staff advertises the project, pre-screens student candidates, across the company and gives the interns the opportunity to expedites the selection of teams, and provides team engineering present their ideas to a senior audience. At the conclusion of the training before students depart campus for their summer intern- internship each summer, students and company sponsors are ships. In addition to the team approach, TIP is unique in that asked to assess the program. Amongst the students surveyed in sponsors are required to pre-define a significant project for the summer 2011, 63% were extended offers to continue their students. As a result, students achieve innovative, high-quality internships or for full-time employment; 67% of students stated outputs in a shorter period of time with noteworthy results, that TIP influenced the focus of their studies and/or career which in turn drive the return on investment (ROI) for the aspirations; and 96% of student participants would recommend project sponsor. The added benefit is that the company sponsor TIP to a friend. Amongst the companies surveyed in summer is able to spend more time mentoring the team on the larger 2011, 100% said they would host a TIP team again. Sponsors objectives rather than minute details, which reduces the effort value the following benefits of TIP (ranked in order): pre- required to supervise a single intern. The majority of the teams screening of resumes, training in leadership, on-campus expo- are multi-disciplinary, and by combining multiple majors and sure, and on-campus interviews. On average, at least 2 patents grade-levels on one project, the students are able to consult with result from TIP team work each summer. one another to leverage their individual expertise and learn new Funding/Sustainability: The program has a budget of $6,000 skills across traditional engineering disciplines, thus building a plus the salary of 1 full-time staff member. The program's systems approach to innovative thinking and problem solving. budget is re-evaluated each year based on metrics that involve Starting with one team in 2003, TIP has placed 717 students on industry value, student experience and innovation opportunities 248 teams with 66 different companies. Each year the program as well as program efficiency. The program sustains itself by grows, involving more students and companies while retaining converting Team Internship Program company sponsors into past sponsors. Corporate Affiliates Program members who pay a yearly fee Anticipated and Actual Outcomes: For the Jacobs School's ranging from $3,000 to $25,000. We are also considering a fee students, TIP provides opportunities to embed themselves in real for access to the program from companies that are not members -world, hands-on, interdisciplinary industry engineering experi- of our Corporate Affiliates Program. In addition, the sponsor ence. Students enhance their communication and leadership companies pay salaries directly to the students. The corporations skills while also developing critical team-oriented and systems continually find value in the team internship format. For exam- engineering understanding. Students contribute to tangible ple, in the first year of the program, there was 1 team with 3 outcomes including prototypes; product or process plans and interns, and it cost the company less than $25k to support the evaluations; product re-design; technical documents; and patent team while the CEO remarked it would have cost him at least applications. Our corporate partners' objectives are to hire top $150k to implement the project the students completed inside talent and get innovative ideas that they would not otherwise the company. 22