Group 17 Michael True

Michael True
United States

United States

President /

Shape The best way to predict the future is to create it. Business, government, non-profit organizations, and academia must work towards the growth and development of human beings, through rich experiences like apprenticeships, internships and co-op, to prepare them for the global workforce
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Future Talent Council members since 2021


Mike serves as president of INTRUEITION, the parent company of He worked in the field of internships for 29 years with Messiah University until July 2019. Over those years he provided resources to his global colleagues, employers, students, and faculty.

For his colleagues he began Internship-Net in 1995, an internet listserv now serving over 1,500 internship professionals throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. For students participating in internship and co-op experiences he wrote a book, InternQube: Professional Skills for the Workplace (now in its 3rd edition), and created a companion website – For employers he compiled a free booklet entitled “Starting and Maintaining A Quality Internship Program” which is currently being used by hundreds of colleges, universities, employers and chambers of commerce across the United States and internationally. In 2016 he released Faculty Manual: Academic Standards and Best Practices for Internships. Next up was “Higher Education & Experiential Learning: Select Trends and Future Ideas” in the 2018 publication, International Internships: Mission, Methods & Models (a collection of papers from the Global Internship Conference). His most recent contribution is the 2020 publication of “The Future of Internships” for the Future Talent Council.

He is frequently called upon for keynote or workshop presentations. From March to June 2020, as the world grappled with issues related to internships flipping from physical to virtual, he was asked to present or co-present to over 3,000 university and employer colleagues in over 30 countries.

He has been interviewed by the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Money Magazine, U.S. News & World Report, Business Week, Newsday, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, as well as other national and regional newspapers and magazines regarding internships. He has served as Chair of the Internship/Co-op Special Interest Group of the National Society for Experiential Education and is a certified trainer with the Cooperative Education and Internship Association. Among his many achievements, Mike has been named one of ten Visionary Leaders in a national survey, presented with the Exemplary Leader Award and Higher Education Leader Award by NSEE, the Dean Herman Schneider Award from CEIA, and has received several other honors from various other organizations.


Ten Most Visionary and Forward Thinking Leaders in Career Services

CSO Research Survey 2014 & 2013

College Career Consortium of Illinois

Keynote Speaker, 2020

Mountain and Pacific Association of Colleges and Employers

Keynote Speaker, 2020

National Society for Experiential Education

Keynote Speaker, 2019

South Carolina Association of Colleges and Employers

Keynote Speaker, 2019


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