Intern to Earn and College to Career Programs Partner to Provide Full Complement of Student Internship Opportunities

April 6, 2015

KentuckianaWorks is rolling out its new College to Career internship program this summer by connecting local rising junior and senior college students with area companies that offer paid internships. KentuckianaWorks is partnering with Greater Louisville Inc.’s Intern to Earn program, as well as Louisville Metro Government and local postsecondary institutions, to pilot the program.

College to Career is focused on placing local college students pursuing liberal arts and business majors in internships and providing support services for businesses that need the best candidates possible, but might not have the time or staff to recruit interns. Intern to Earn focuses on attracting regional talent from college students and recent graduates for Greater Louisville employers and providing the interns with opportunities to build their professional networks in the community during their summer internships.

College to Career, by partnering with the Intern to Earn program, will complement current talent attraction activities and become part of a growing city-wide emphasis on economic development through workforce investment.

“KentuckianaWorks and GLI, Louisville’s workforce development leaders, have come together to fill a gap in Louisville’s workforce investment strategy that will help create a pipeline of young talent for this community’s economic future,” said Mayor Greg Fischer. “Businesses can look to these programs for the kind of assistance they need to recruit and find bright, career-minded young adults they can groom to become great employees after graduation with already-established connections to our community.”

Employers looking for fresh, young talent can post positions in two different ways, with all positions centrally located on the website. The cost-free Intern to Earn Internet portal allows companies to post available positions on the site, which students throughout the region can search for internships.  

Businesses participating in College to Career gain hands-on assistance with managing job descriptions and candidate profiles, recruiting and advertising the internship, and sourcing and screening students. Supporting businesses save time and resources by outsourcing this effort. Businesses get connected to local candidates for interviews with little administrative burden. There is a $300 program fee for each internship position.

College to Career also includes a professional development workshop prior to being screened for an internship, social events for participating interns and networking opportunities to help students and their employers build lasting connections in the community.

“GLI’s Intern to Earn program has successfully worked to close the gaps between employers looking for fresh talent and students looking for real-world experience,” said Kent Oyler, GLI President and CEO. “We welcome the addition of College to Career, which complements our efforts with its focus on local students.”

Intern to Earn provides employers with turn-key tool kits to develop quality internships and offers ongoing assistance, if needed. It also takes services for interns a step further. Intern to Earn’s Summer in Lou program organizes extracurricular activities and opportunities for interns to plug into the community throughout the summer to directly experience what Louisville has to offer.

“We have data from several sources that show paid interns provide energy and new approaches to work that help businesses accomplish their goals,” said Michael Gritton, executive director of KentuckianaWorks, Greater Louisville’s Workforce Investment Board. “Paid interns have better retention rates after five years than outside hires and that translates to more job productivity, less downtime, less training time, and less drain on a business’ energy and resources.”

Businesses interested in finding out more about the College to Career program can contact Shadea Mitchell, College to Career coordinator, (502) 574-4725, [email protected].

For additional information about Intern to Earn’s Summer in Lou program, contact Emily Brandon, 502-625-0071, [email protected]