Employers: Looking for Great New Talent? Tap into the Internship Pool at Your Alma Mater
Posted June 28, 2008
The most important resource in any field is personnel, and one of the most important decisions an organization can make is to invest in its future. What better way to cultivate the next generation of your organization’s leaders and employees than by providing internship opportunities to students from your alma mater?
Western New England College has a wealth of eager, qualified students searching for internships in fields ranging from marketing and electrical engineering to social work and forensic chemistry. Each year over 300 Western New England College students participate in internships and fieldwork. They gain valuable on-the-job training in their field of study and are productive assets to the sponsoring organizations. For more information, contact Deborah Pace, director of employer relations in the College’s CareerCenter, at 413-782-1564. Pictured is psychology major Tara Trapp ’08 interning at the New England Center for Children.
“Having an intern is an effective way for an employer to identify current and future talent that is needed in their organization,” says Deborah Pace, “Employers are able to see the potential of a future employee and how they can fit into the organization’s production goals.”
As many professionals already know, our students make great interns. “They possess self-confidence, maturity, and independence,” adds Deborah. “They learn from the best faculty in the country and utilize their leadership training and conduct themselves accordingly to have a positive impact on the employer’s bottom line.”
Internship opportunities are not restricted to the Greater Springfield area. Our students have also shown an interest in doing internships across the country. One recent student spent a semester interning for Invesco Field at Mile High Stadium in Denver while others have conducted fieldwork at the New England Center for Children just outside of Boston. Internships are done for academic credit and last between 12-15 weeks during the fall or spring semester or during the summer. Students work a minimum of 120 hours during the internship (but are allowed to work more), must be at least a junior, and hold a minimum 2.5 GPA.
It’s easy to advertise internships and jobs at the College. Simply register your organization on the Career Center Online at www.myinterfase.com/wnec/employer and begin posting openings that can be viewed only by our students and alumni. There is no charge to post internships or job openings, and listings are accepted any time of the year.
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