APU Hosts Internship Development Day

by Kyle Richardson '06

"I am assuming that all of you who are leaders are also mentors," began Ted Engstrom, LHD, APU Board of Trustees member, at Azusa Pacific University's Internship Development Day. On Thursday, April 14, several departments from the university, as well as other organizations, came together to discuss the benefits of interning, for both the employer and the intern.

APU's Office of Christian Leadership and Vocation and Office of Career Services hosted the event to promote growth among intern mentorship. Engstrom opened the day with insight from his book, The Fine Art of Mentoring. His message insisted that we are called to disciple others, regardless of our position or title. "The term mentor is usually traced back to Homer's story the Odyssey," Engstrom writes in his book. "As the story goes, when Ulysses left to fight in the Trojan War, he entrusted his son Telemachus to the care of a tutor named Mentor. It was Mentor's responsibility to nurture the young man's growth and education."

Following Engstrom's words, a panel of students discussed their experiences with internships, and the benefits it has on their career development.

For more information, contact the Office of Career Services at (626) 815-2103.