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College reps talk finding internships, jobs for students

A panel of representatives from college intern programs and career centers shared tips and resources for reaching students and potential employees during University Roundtable, facilitated by the Providers’ Council on May 17 in Needham.

Human resources and recruiting staff from about a dozen member organizations heard from representatives from Boston College, Cambridge College, Northeastern University, Suffolk University and UMass Boston on ways to start creating partnerships with colleges to familiarize students with their organizations.

All of the college personnel noted that students with internships and co-op jobs become leading candidates for employment after they complete their program and also after graduation.

The key for organizations is to start building relationships with people in the placement offices to make them aware of internship and/or co-op opportunities. It’s also important for supervisors and managers to understand that utilizing students can mean investing time in the mentoring/teaching aspect of the job. The panelists acknowledged that it’s not always easy due to the many demands on managers, but it’s worth the investment because the students often turn into “rock stars.”

Lisa Worsh, the Senior Cooperative Education Coordinator at Northeastern, noted that the information being presented by the panel are “just an example. There are so many universities in Massachusetts,” that providers can find institutions close to their programs that will be seeking to help students find internships and jobs. Noting that transportation is often an issue for finding staff at programs especially in central and western Mass., she pointed out that students attending schools outside of greater Boston are more likely to have access to cars.

If you’re interested in exploring partnerships with local colleges, now is the time to do so, said Joanna Lazarek, Associate Director of Internships and Alumni Career Engagement at Suffolk.

“Get to us in the summer,” she said, as it is quieter on campuses and faculty are just starting the planning stages for when school starts in the fall, including scheduling guest speakers, which is a good way for providers to introduce their organizations to students.
“We can start the ball rolling during the time we have the time,” Lazarek said.

The Council is in the early planning stages for a similar roundtable in Western Mass. If you would like more information about the above panelists’ programs, please email Ella Froggatt or call her at 617.428.3637 x126.