Opportunities for Students
The Inserra Chair is committed to providing opportunities to MSU and High School students for the acquisition and application of knowledge about Italian culture through ad hoc projects and regular programs in line with a current philosophy in the education system.*
- A two-semester student internship as the Inserra program assistant (either for credit as a Coop Ed option or as a paid position)
- Special projects that combine educational components as part of the curriculum and pre-professional experiences as part of internships and semester-long projects.
- Supervision, along with members of the Italian faculty, of video production (see video archive), article writing (see article in Media Coverage), and translation/subtitling carried out by MSU students active in different departments (Italian program/Department of Spanish and Italian, School of Media and Communication, etc.)
- Support of select programs organized by the Amici Italian Clubon campus
- Partnerships with local high schools so that qualified students can participate in select cultural programs and receive a guided tour of the campus in view of possible enrollment at MSU (for an example see theatre workshop with the Italian company Le Albe)
- Complimentary tickets for Italian cultural activities in the NJ-NY region offered to MSU students of Italian.
* A 2014 Gallup/Purdue University study called Great Jobs, Great Lives indicates that three experiences in college that contribute to feeling prepared for life after college are:
1. Internships or jobs where students can apply what they learned
2. Active involvement in extracurricular activities (cultural events, clubs, etc.)
3. Working on a project that took a semester or more to complete.
Graduates who participated in all three experiences had double the workplace engagement than those who did not take part (59% vs. 30%), in terms of actively pursuing goals and trying to improve their skills, communicating well with other employees and employers, and expressing a sense of satisfaction towards their job experience. Deep learning experiences coupled with steady academic and emotional support from faculty members produce long-term outcomes for college graduates.