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CPI Program featured in Idaho Business Review

March 12, 2020

daho State University’s Career Path Internship (CPI) Program has been featured in a recent article of Idaho Business Review. The article, written by Sharon Fisher, highlights how important the CPI Program is to student’s success and the University.  The following is information from the article that showcases the program’s strengths:

Idaho State University hopes to keep graduates in Idaho by preparing them for jobs. The advantage of the program is that it gives students an idea of what careers they want to pursue – or not. “They get in there early and make sure that what they’re studying is what they’re passionate about,” Emily Jahsman, Associate Director of ISU’s Career Center. 

One company affiliated with the CPI program is MedMan, a practice management company. Jesse Arnoldson, Director of Interim Management in the Boise-based company and an ISU and CPI alumnus himself, approached the program to help the company add talent. Below is what he had to say about the program via email:

“...It can be a real struggle to hire someone right out of college…They usually lack the track record and experience we would be looking for. The CPI program allows us to ‘test drive’ these young professionals and help us build a pipeline of talent for when we have a position to fill…We felt that it was such a benefit to MedMan and our clinics that we then invested in bringing on three more CPIs since then…We’ve hired one of them permanently and are hoping to do the same with MaKenna when she graduates.”

MaKenna Little is a graduate student working on her third internship in the health sciences field. She had this to say about her experience in the CPI program:
“This position has given me the opportunity to see how a practice is built from the ground up and all the different parts that come into play in order to open the doors. The CPI program is amazing for students like myself, because you are able to gain great experience from people who have already been around the block.”


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