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Dispute resolution co-op students present on social media at Global Internship Conference

Anna Press and Allison Bishop

For UVic Master of Dispute Resolution (MADR) co-op students Anna Press and Allison Bishop, public speaking is no sweat. This summer, they were invited to present at the 2014 Global Internship Conference in Toronto on the topic of social media in co-op and the workplace. Examining the role of social media, their presentation considered positive ways for managers to incorporate sites like Twitter and Hootsuite into an internship setting as well as the potential to integrate social media competencies into co-op evaluations.

 The conference took place at the University of Toronto’s bustling downtown campus from June 10-13, 2014. Welcoming attendees from across the globe, it brought together professionals and students from diverse backgrounds to discuss the future of higher education and the pivotal role of internships, co-operative education and experiential learning.  

Here’s what Anna had to say about her experience at the Global Internship Conference:

“With over 300 attendees from over 20 countries, the Global Internship Conference was an excellent opportunity to learn more about different programs (co-ops, internships and so on) but also different cultures. My co-presenter, Allison Bishop, and I both chatted with a variety of presenters from diverse backgrounds, learning about everything from tuition fees in California to climate patterns in Hong Kong in the process. The conference had optional outings like site visits to RBC and a day trip to Niagara Falls, so that there was time for academic learning and also social networking in interesting venues.

“In fact, one of the highlights of this conference was being able to present about social networking through social media. Allison and I prepared a presentation arguing for the inclusion of social media in co-op competency frameworks; rather than reject its use in placements, why not tap into its value for the student and the host organization?

“Presenting at a venue as prestigious as the University of Toronto was an experience I don’t think either of us will forget anytime soon, but we made sure to emphasize that the learning environment that had shaped us was the University of Victoria!”

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