James A. Novak
Assistant Director for Experiential Learning
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internships and co-ops

Jim oversees experiential learning programs in our office. He develops intensive, focused, and purposeful relationships with internal and external partners for the creation, implementation, and management of a robust experiential education program for all students. He creates, coordinates, and implements programs to affect students’ experiential education goals, as well as programs to connect students to a strong career-focused network of professionals, mentors, and others in the community who are seeking to mentor and provide internship experiences to students.

Jim has twenty-nine years of career services and human resource related experience with engineering and technical populations. He came to us from the Career Development Center at the University of Cincinnati, where he was responsible for the management of the On-Campus Recruiting program, liaison to the College of Engineering and Applied Science, and served students through one-on-one advising and teaching career development/job search courses. The holder of Bachelor of Arts, and Master of Education degrees from Cleveland State University, in Cleveland, Ohio, Jim served Michigan State University’s Career Services Network for nine years as their College of Engineering’s Field Career Consultant. Prior to that he worked with Cleveland State University’s Career Services Center for eight and a half years as a Coordinator of Engineering Cooperative Education; annually placing over 250 Co-ops in a variety of industrial settings throughout northeast Ohio, the United States, and internationally. In 1994, he joined the Second National Bank of Warren, Ohio where he managed the entire training function, from assessment and instructional design to implementation and evaluation, and clocked in numerous hours as a Talent Plus+ Certified behavioral interviewer.

Over the years Jim has held several leadership roles in professional associations. In August of 2001, he served as Programming Committee Chair for the August 2001 Midwest Association of Colleges and Employers annual conference in Detroit, MI, and has been elected to the MwACE General Assembly for 2001-03. He has also served as Southwest Regional Board Member, Vice President and President of the Michigan Association of Colleges and Employers. And, he has served as Secretary for the Ohio Cooperative Education Association. Jim has a variety of hobbies and interests. He is primarily into healthy eating and physical fitness. He loves the movies, theater, art museums, reading history and politics, travel, watching college football and basketball, and most all kinds of music. He also likes to draw and paint when time permits. Lastly, he likes to play golf, though he can’t admit to playing it well.

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