On April 14, 2015 Prof. Joe Hornik was named Outstanding Internship Advocate of the Year. Prof Hornik has served as Instructor and and Internship Coordinator for many years in GVSU’s School of Computing and Information Systems. Not only does this involve recruiting and sustaining relationships with hundreds of firms from the greater Grand Rapids area to Silicon Valley, but it also involves teaching our internship prep course regularly, and meeting individually with every student who completes the mandatory internship experience, providing them feedback and assessing their experiences on a bi-weekly basis. Prof Hornik joined GVSU in 1999 after a long professional career in the software industry.
Since 2008 the GVSU Career Center has honored two employers (a for profit and a not-for-profit) with the “Outstanding Internship Employer of the Year” award. The recipients of this award have had a history of strong internship programs that foster student learning and growth. They are also engaged with GVSU throughout the year, participating in programs, and serving as a resource for students. In 2012 an “Outstanding Internship Advocate of the Year” award, which recognizes a GVSU faculty/staff member who provides strong support, enthusiasm, and leadership around internship programming at the University. It is this particular award that Prof Hornik received.
In addition, students are nominated by their site supervisor for “Outstanding Student Intern of the Year”, and supervisors are nominated by their students for “Outstanding Internship Supervisor of the Year”. A committee reviews the nominations, and selects one recipient for each category.
Please join us in congratulating Prof Hornik and his tireless work and energy in making sure that every student enrolled in our CIS programs continue to benefit from a meaningful hands-on internship experience before they graduate.