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Partnership connecting students and summer internships through Say Yes Buffalo

Say_Yes_ThumbnailIf your business offers summer internships, the Buffalo Niagara Partnership can help fill them with qualified candidates.

If you’re a college student on a Say Yes Buffalo scholarship looking for an internship, the Partnership can help you find it.

If you’re a college educator gathering postings for internships for students, we can help you guide students to one convenient place where the internships are featured.

The Partnership is pleased to announce a joint effort with Say Yes Buffalo and the WNY Consortium of Higher Education to help connect students in college on Say Yes Buffalo scholarships with paid summer internships. With our many member companies and organizations, the Partnership is uniquely positioned to make these connections for the benefit of the entire community – employers, educators and students.

“This program is a natural for the Partnership as we continually seek new ways to assist our members, employers and the future workforce in Buffalo Niagara,” says Liz Callahan, Manager of Workforce Development. “We are excited about the potential to create more opportunities to help students develop into skilled employees, while helping businesses find the talent they need.”

How connections are made.

The Partnership staff is currently working with local employers to obtain their summer internship postings to be listed on the Say Yes Buffalo website. These participating businesses are providing high quality, paid internship experiences to Say Yes Buffalo scholarship students entering their junior or senior year of college.

The website provides the students with a central place to find internship opportunities. Say Yes college students are able to freely browse the available postings and apply through our internship coordinator after working with their college’s career service center. The internship coordinator is a Partnership staff member working on behalf of Say Yes Buffalo.

Post your internships now.

Internship postings will be accepted between through May 2017 with rolling applications. Interns are slated to start between May and June 2017. To post an internship email Liz at LCallahan@thepartnership.org.

Say Yes will host an Internship Boot Camp for Say Yes Buffalo college students in May 2017 to assist with job readiness skills, appropriate work attire and first day expectations. This will help students prepare for their internship. Furthermore, all students are being encouraged to visit their college’s career center to review their resume and cover letter and prepare for interviews.

Workforce development that helps everyone.

The new program through the Partnership and Say Yes Buffalo is another way we are committed to Workforce Development in Western New York. Internships are immensely valuable for both students and employers.

For students:

  • Internships teach both the technical skills and soft skills needed to compete in the workforce.
  • They also provide a way to explore career options and learn about different industries.
  • They can make connections to leaders and mentors in the community.

For businesses:

  • Internships can help to build a pipeline of qualified employees with technical experience.
  • You can connect to students who are interested in your industry and help train them to be successful employees.
  • You can build their future workforce and screen future employees.

The Partnership has been able to assist a number of local companies in listing their internships and we hope to work with many more. We encourage all companies with paid summer internships to submit their posting for listing on the Say Yes Buffalo web site.

 

If you’re interested or have any questions, please contact Liz Callahan at lcallhan@thepartnership.org.

 

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