Internships-Connecting the Student to the Employer
As we all know the job market is like a roller coaster ride for many students and graduates. Around 70-80% of jobs that are available are not posted online. So how do millennials land these positions that are not even posted to the public eye? The answer is…internships.
The benefits of an intern to employers is a never ending list from finding future employees, supporting students, and gaining hands-on experience. Students also reap the benefit of getting their foot in the door at a company where they can potentially have a job after they graduate or even while still in school!
Below is an example of how Alamo Colleges in San Antonio, TX makes this happen for their students that earn MSSC certifications-
Alamo Colleges through its academies has developed an Advanced Technology and Manufacturing Academy that uses CPT Safety and Quality as a foundation in a dual credit program that begins as early as the junior year in high school and articulates into two AAS degree programs at the college (Manufacturing Operations Technician or CNC Manufacturing Technician).
This highly successful program is an educational partnership between Alamo Colleges, secondary schools, local business and industry, the San Antonio Manufacturers Association, regional Workforce Investment Boards and area economic development offices. Students have the opportunity to participate in paid internships with area employers including AT&T, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Pratt & Whitney and Toyota.
How does your college connect students with internship opportunities in your community?
-Catherine Feeney, Community Outreach Manager (MSSC)