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Keynote Speaker:

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    Michael True




Session Title: Experiential Learning: Current Trends and Thoughts About the Future 

Session Description:  A variety of current trends are impacting the spectrum of experiential education. This presentation will look at a select number of them. Technology and other forces will impact our future and that of our students. We’ll gaze over the horizon to consider some of the opportunities approaching us and how we may be able to integrate them into our work. 

Biography:  Michael True is president of INTRUEITION, the parent company of InternQube.com. Mike provided leadership in the field of internships at Messiah College for over 28 years, most recently as Senior Associate in the Career & Professional Development Center. He has created multiple resources for his colleagues, employers, students, and faculty. 

For his colleagues, he began Internship-Net in 1995, an internet listserv now serving over 1,450 internship professionals throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. For students participating in internship and co-op experiences he wrote a book, InternQube: Professional Skills for the Workplace, and created a companion website – InternQube.com. For employers he compiled a free booklet entitled Starting and Maintaining A Quality Internship Program which is currently being used by hundreds of colleges, universities, employers and chambers of commerce across the United States and internationally. In 2016 he released Faculty Manual: Academic Standards and Best Practices for Internships. His most recent contribution is "Higher Education & Experiential Learning: Select Trends and Future Ideas" in the 2018 publication, International Internships: Mission, Methods & Models (a collection of papers from the Global Internship Conference).|

He has been interviewed by the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Money Magazine, U.S. News & World Report, Business Week, Newsday, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, as well as other national and regional newspapers and magazines regarding internships. He has served as Chair of the Internship/Co-op Special Interest Group of the National Society for Experiential Education and is a certified trainer with the Cooperative Education and Internship Association

Mike has been named one of ten Visionary Leaders in a national survey, presented with the Exemplary Leader Award and Higher Education Leader Award by NSEE, the Dean Herman Schneider Award from CEIA, and has received several other honors from various other organizations.