mINiTERN At-A-Glance


The mINiTERN Program is a partnership between companies and Dallas College that provides students with real-world business and problem solving skills. Each semester, teams of students propose solutions to challenges facing their partner companies and present recommendations to company representatives.

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The Model


Program Setup

  • Recruitment
  • Interviews
  • Participant Selection
  • Project Question Selection


  • Industry and Student Introduction
  • Company Background
  • Best Practices and Process Overview
  • Project Launch

Project Core

  • Weekly Meetings
  • Project Research
  • Develop Presentation Skills


  • Present Solution to Company
  • Open Questions and Discussion



  • Identify Project
  • Mentor Students
  • Weekly Meeting (one hour)
  • Host Kickoff, Presentation Skills and Recommendation Meetings

Student Participant

  • Conduct Research
  • Work as a Team
  • Act as Communication Liaison
  • Attend Weekly Meetings
  • Form Recommendations
  • Deliver Presentation

Team Advisor

  • Act as Liaison Between Company and Students
  • Motivate and Mentor Students
  • Help Students Develop Professional Skills



  • Identify Potential Interns and Employees
  • Find “Out of the Box” Ideas for Company/Industry Challenges
  • Community Engagement
  • Employee Development

Student Participation

  • Real-World Experience
  • Professional Networking Opportunities
  • Application of Academic Studies
  • Build Resume Experience
  • Personal Development
  • Leadership Opportunities

Team Advisor

  • Professional Networking
  • Develop Strong Student Relationships
  • Guide Students Toward Their Career Goals

  Participant Feedback


“I had the opportunity to work, communicate and make recommendations to professionals in the field and that experience goes beyond what any textbook can teach you” — Student Participant


“ School will educate me about many aspects of my career, but the internship experience gave me memorable insight about the upcoming professional world.” — Student Participant


“What a great win-win opportunity. With little time on our part, we got to meet some young, talented and bright individuals and provide them with a real-life experience. And we got some great recommendations for every project.” — Industry Associate


Previous Student Disciplines


  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Petroleum Engineering
  • Biochemical Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Civil Engineering


  • Biology
  • Kinesiology
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Computer Science
  • Information Systems
  • Environmental Science


  • Business Administration
  • Finance
  • Accounting
  • Economics
  • Marketing

Skills Developed

  • Critical Thinking
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Research and Development
  • Interpersonal
  • Project Planning
  • Public Speaking
  • Collaboration


  • Internships
  • Employee Pipeline
  • Fresh Perspectives
  • Generational Interactions
  • New Technologies
  • Community Centric

Dr. Jason Treadway

  • Director
  • Strategic Initiatives