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Internships are work experience opportunities that allow students to explore their career fields of choice. They may be paid or unpaid and can be applied toward academic credit. Internships are a great way for students to gain hands on pre-professional experience.
- Improves company visibility
- Brings fresh ideas
- Makes recruiting easier
- Investment in the communit
- Learn what college students are studying
- Access to highly talented students
- Frees up staff/resources
- Cost effective
- Future hiring potential
- Staff development
- Increases employee retentinon
HOW TO GET STARTED
- Determine what you need
- Write a position description
- Get the word out by contacting school personnel below
- Hire, train and mentor!
Partnering Schools, Colleges, & Universities
Amy Ites | Career Services Director | Rasmussen College
Candy Laven | Coordinator of Placement | South Central College
For input on how to go about connecting with school personnel, contact:
Shannon Gullickson | Talent Program Director | Greater Mankato Growth
507.385.6656 | firstname.lastname@example.org
"For as long as I can remember, I had always wanted a career where I could help people. My internship at Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program was the perfect opportunity. This is a program I am very passionate about and my passion and hard work landed me my dream job, a position with the Yellow Ribbon program."
- Marissa Lachmiller | Bethany Lutheran College | Communication
"The internship that I participated in at Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. was a great opportunity to become involved with local business people and organizations, which are integral parts in our community. This internship was also a wonderful experience and opportunity for me to apply the textbook knowledge I had learned in school to working knowledge in a position within my career field."
- Heidi Mueller | Rasmussen College | Accounting
"As an intern with Habitat for Humanity I conducted extensive research and consulted with industry professionals. As part of the internship, I spent time promoting the benefits of a new project to often-reluctant construction companies and community members. I also wrote a business plan for the new project and, much to everyone's surprise, I helped secure a large grant for the organization. The internship had a positive impact all around. I gained valuable real-world experience and a sense of fulfillment."
- Becky Andert | Gustavus Adolphus College | English
"Starting college as a nontraditional student, I was focused on a successful outcome from day one. I had a number of specfic goals I wanted to attain through my college, experience, one of which was obtaining an internship that would help in my new career. After a class site visit to Lime Valley Advertising I asked for a portfolio evaluation. Following that meeting, I was offered an internship. Near the end of my 5 month internship with Lime Valley, I was offered full-time employment."
- Dawn Fellows | South Central College | Commercial and Technical Art
"The internship at Firepond was a really helpful experience for me; everyone was friendly and helpful. I was scheduled to last for five months, but after four months I was offered a full-time position as a Technical Consultant. The internship really allowed me to learn the system at Firepond."
- Hazem Lotfy | Minnesota State University, Mankato | Computer Science