Wednesday, June 18, 2014


11:30 am - 1:30 pm


Maggiano's in Buckhead
3368 Peachtree Rd, NE Atlanta,.30326


Facility Management Internships


Kathy Roper & Joseph Geierman


$45 Member in advance, $55 member after 6/13; $65 non-member


June 13, Lisa

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This session will be presented by two of IFMA Atlanta’s own: Kathy Roper,. Georgia Tech and Joseph Geierman, Troutman Sanders.  Click on the link to read their Bios: K. Roper and J. Geierman Bios

As a maturing industry, facility management has grown in importance and new formal programs of study are offered around the world.  The IFMA Foundation in the mid-1990’s established a “recognition program” for schools teaching facility management in order to help validate those with legitimate, well-informed content.  This recognition program moved to accreditation in 2007 in order to more fully acknowledge the importance and impact of facility management formal education.  Today, 25 universities around the world have been accredited by the IFMA Foundation (IFMA Foundation, 2013) with more schools continuing to develop programs around facility management and apply for this accreditation.

In addition to formal education in facility management, the on-the-job aspects of learning are still important for experience and learning.  An important way to gain this experience prior to the start of a career or full-time position is through internships.  Recognizing that there are limited opportunities for facility management students to gain this experience, a professor and former student-now practitioner designed this research to learn more about current practices with internships in facility management and how to potentially improve both the number and quality of internships available to students studying in the field.

As expected, we found that many companies have utilized internships but almost all respondents would appreciate more information and resources to develop or further enhance facility management internship programs.  Suggestions from these respondents’ best practices as well as resources from other industries that can be applied to facility management are included.


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