Menlo College Welcomes Angela Schmiede as its Director of Internship Programs

Dr. Angela E. Schmiede joins Menlo College as its director of internship programs starting August 15, 2013. Dr. Schmiede joins the college having earlier served as instructor and associate director of internships for the Human and Organizational Development program at Vanderbilt University for five years. While earning her doctorate at Stanford University, Vanderbilt hired her as an adjunct faculty member to create an academic internship program for the University in the San Francisco Bay Area.  She has been involved in several national research projects that examined student outcomes and institutionalization of experiential learning programs in higher education.

“We feel fortunate to have Angela Schmiede oversee and develop our required internship program. Her expertise and connection to Silicon Valley will help provide Menlo College students with high-quality professional experience that builds their business knowledge and skills while enhancing their career marketability,” said President James Kelly.

Dr. Schmiede was most recently associate executive director at Earth Advantage Institute, an environmental non-profit where she was responsible for creating strategic partnerships with higher education institutions, industry, and government, and managing several grant-funded education projects. In addition to creating an internship program, she oversaw the selection and implementation of a Learning Management System, which allowed creation of online courses on Moodle.

“The new academic internship program will allow students to apply what they have learned in their majors and gain a competitive advantage by building a strong professional portfolio. I am excited that the program is part of the College’s strategic plan and look forward to partnering with faculty and internship sites to enhance the Menlo College experience,” said Schmiede.

After completing her B.S. in Human Development, Dr. Schmiede went on to earn an M.Ed. in Human Resource Development from Vanderbilt University. She then completed an M.A. in Sociology with a specialization in Organizational Behavior and a Ph.D. in Higher Education/Administration and Policy Analysis from Stanford University.