Robert Shindell, PhD.

President & CEO - Intern Bridge

Experiential Learning & Development Champion • Innovative Leader • Educator • Author • Speaker

Advisor Biography

Dr. Robert Shindell is the President and CEO of Intern Bridge, the nation’s premier experiential education research and firm, and is nationally recognized for helping employers and educational institutions build, maintain, sustain and grow internship and other forms of experiential education programs and initiatives.   He is one of the most sought-after consultants, speakers and thought leaders in the country on internships and experiential learning, entry-talent acquisition, workforce development and career services effectiveness.

Over the last 23 years, Dr. Robert Shindell has served as an experiential education thought leader and practitioner, as well as a senior administrator in both public and private institutions of higher education.  Through his highly acclaimed Total Internship Management Workshop, Dr. Shindell has trained thousands of employers to build and sustain meaningful internship programs across the country.  He has also worked with hundreds of colleges and universities in the workforce development area, as well as developing comprehensive strategic initiatives, supporting plan implementation, and building successful teams. 

Dr. Shindell also serves as a member of the Distinguished Scientists Advisory Board for the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) to maximizing The United States Department of Energy’s strategic objectives. In addition to expanding ORISE thought leadership, the DSAB works closely with ORISE leadership, technical experts and liaisons to ensure that strategic milestones related to ORISE activities are met.

Dr. Shindell earned a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Texas Tech University, a master’s degree in training and development from Midwestern State University, and a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Toledo.  Dr. Shindell is also an adjunct faculty member in the College of Business and Communications at Concordia University of Texas.

Dr. Shindell is originally from Lancaster County Pennsylvania, but currently resides in Austin, Texas with his wife of 14 years, Christy.  Robert and Christy have two amazing kids, Jack (9) and Charley (5). When not working, Dr. Shindell is active in his children’s school and sports activities as well as serving on various volunteer boards for the Leander (TX) Independent School District.


August 2019 - Present

Distinguished Scientists Advisory Board - Oak Ridge Institute for Science & Education

  • Serve as an external panel of recognized experts in scientific and technical disciplines that validate the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) vision of maximizing The United States Department of Energy's strategic objectives.

May 2017 - Present

Adjunct Professor - Concordia University of Texas

  • Courses Taught: Strategic Management, Life & Leadership, Leadership & Ethics, Professional Launch & Negotiation & Conflict classes.

October 2011 - Present

President and CEO - Intern Bridge Inc - Intern Bridge Inc

  • Oversees the nation's premier college recruiting consulting and research firm
  • The critical survey data is the basis for our work is helping companies build meaningful entry-level talent programs, and assisting career centers to better serve their student populations

Advisor Skills

Human Resources

Organizational Leadership

Performance Management


Talent Acquisition

Talent Management

Workforce Management

Business Ethics