One of Minnesota School of Business’s fine information technology degree (IT) students made a very favorable impression on the Lino Lakes Department of Corrections (DOC) during fall quarter 2012.
Eric Phinney (a student from the MSB-Elk River campus), enrolled in an internship through the MSB-Blaine campus, working as an information technology intern at the Lino Lakes DOC.
After meeting with John Daley, Blaine’s program chair and Executive Program Chair for IT, Eric agreed to work at the Lino Lakes DOC at least weekly, and turn in weekly logs and progress reports to the Blaine campus. Not only did Eric fulfill the requirements of the internship, he worked extra hours as needed by the DOC, even though the internship was unpaid. In fact, Eric met the required hourly minimum for the internship during week 9, but continued working his regular schedule.
In his final paper, Internship Reflections, Eric wrote, “I was the first IT intern [at the Lino Lakes DOC]. I was given my own office, keys, and administration rights to both [of the DOC’s] networks.”
Eric placed high value on the hands-on learning experience at the DOC, as well as the helpfulness of the staff there. At the end of his internship, Eric wrote that the three-month internship placed his previous course work into perspective, helping him make the conversion from principles to implementation in an actual computer networked environment.
At the end of the quarter, Eric moved to Texas, where he interviewed with an IT placement firm with the assistance of Daley. Two positions were found to be available in Eric’s geographic area in Texas, and he will pursue these and other opportunities.
“We have no doubt that Eric will be a valuable addition to any company that chooses to hire him, just as he was valuable to the Lino Lakes DOC,” says Daley.