Lynn University’s College of Business and Management creates new internship initiative

Rick Sayers named the executive director of the Internships and Cooperative Education Program

Published Jul. 11, 2012

Rick SayersLynn University has created an innovative new program to support and help prepare students in the College of Business and Management for a career in the business world. Rick Sayers, who has served as the executive in residence of the college for the past three years, has been named executive director of new Internships and Cooperative Education Program.

The program’s goal is to help students discover their intellectual and personal strengths through formal preparation to include: mock interviews (face-to-face, phone and Skype), resume and cover letter writing, business etiquette skills and personality profile (Myers-Briggs).

“Getting Lynn students ready for a successful professional life after college is a primary responsibility,” says Sayers.  “This program will give them an advantage in obtaining internships and cooperative education experience and make them better prepared to meet, interview and work with individuals in the business community.”

An important component of the program will be the business relationships that will be developed with the corporate and business community.

“We will reach out to organizations that match up with the skills, interests and global diversity of our students for mutually beneficial partnerships,” he says.

Contacts have already been made with Office Depot, PwC, Sherwin Williams, Parker Hannifin, Jarden, Via Mizner, 02 media Inc., AXA Equitable and C3 Interactive and others.

In hiring students for internships Sayers says corporations are looking for the opportunity to “test drive” potential employees before making a permanent offer. They also look for intelligent, energetic talent with summer and/or school year projects. Students benefit by experiencing the company culture, management style and other organizational dynamics before having to make a decision for full time employment as well.

Internships are required in virtually all COBM curriculums. Though this program will initially be rolled out in the COBM, it is expected to expand to the other colleges.

“We are very fortunate to have Rick as executive director to lead this new program,” said Thomas Kruczek, dean of the College of Business and Management.  “With his extensive background in human resources in the corporate space, he knows exactly what corporations are looking for in new hires and he will do an outstanding job of getting our students ready.” 


Rick Sayers, executive director of the internships and cooperative education program, was the executive in residence of Lynn’s College of Business and Management for the past three years. Sayers has over 35 years of senior executive human resources and corporate business leadership experience. He was executive vice president and chief human resources officer for Agilysys Inc., an IT solutions corporation; a managing director for the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) practice at PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP; and corporate vice president for human resources at Invacare Corporation, a billion dollar leading manufacturer of home health care products.  He began his career at TRW, a Fortune 100 automotive and aerospace organization where he rose to the level of human resources vice president for the Global Steering and Suspension business.

He can discuss strategic HR planning, executive compensation and benefits, merger/acquisition due diligence and assimilation, and strategic staffing including internships and cooperative education.