Internships have increasingly become an important part of the college experience. They afford students the chance to apply what they’ve learned on campus, be exposed to the workplace and all that entails, and build meaningful connections that help them begin developing their professional networks as they pave the way to their first position out of college.

For companies, providing internships can be a way to cultivate a relationship with the university and meet and recruit talented graduates. There are many approaches to creating internship experiences, some more unique than others. Old National Bank decided to use their core values to re-imagine a summer internship. By working with U-M’s Services for Students with Disabilities office and the University Career Center, they have constructed a pilot program for a summer internship hiring students with disabilities to provide a meaningful introduction to a professional experience.

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