Employers Need to Prepare Now for 2007 Spring Internships

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Internship Programs Offer Untapped Productivity to Employers, While Helping Students Prepare for the Workforce

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Businesses will find college students to be highly capable, highly motivated and, if well-managed, highly valuable. They can quickly perform a variety of routine tasks, such as any involving research, writing, event planning, making phone calls and computer work. When you add the opportunity to apply students’ chosen career skills, the value of internships quickly becomes clear.

Student internships offer an untapped pipeline of productivity for employers, and companies should plan now if they wish to establish intern programs in spring 2007. That’s the message to both employers and non-profit organizations from Z University.org (ZU), a leading advocate and provider of workforce readiness solutions.

“There are more students in need of internships than there are employer ‘site sponsors’ to host them,” states Matthew Zinman, president of Z University.org. “This is not just unfortunate for students’ workforce readiness needs, but at least as much for businesses and organizations to leverage the opportunity to add intern productivity to the bottom line.”

As 2007 approaches, ZU strongly recommends that organizations take advantage of the opportunity to host college interns during the spring academic term. Besides added resources, student interns represent the “next generation” of employee talent, and workforce development is vital in an era where Baby Boomers are retiring in mass numbers.

“Internships present the single best opportunity for students to gain practical training,” Zinman adds. “New reports, such as from The Conference Board (10.06), validate that the workforce is ‘ill-prepared.’ It’s time for businesses to take action where their interests lie.”

ZU created its Intern Toolkit™ as a complete resource to enable employers to establish and easily maintain an internship program and create real value for companies and students alike. Z University also helps enable host sites by developing and providing many free internship-related resources, articles, webinars, assessment tools, white papers, etc.

“Any business that hires college graduates or simply needs added resources stands to benefit from having college interns,” states Zinman. “Businesses will find college students to be highly capable, highly motivated and, if well-managed, highly valuable. They can quickly perform a variety of routine tasks, such as any involving research, writing, event planning, making phone calls and computer work. When you add the opportunity to apply students’ chosen career skills, the value of internships quickly becomes clear.”

About Z University.org

Z University.org (ZU) is a leading change advocate and innovator of workforce development solutions to close the gaps of knowledge and experience that exist between school and work. ZU's principle initiative is to help employers and non-profits to create best-in-class internships and related experiential education programs. The goal is to provide college students with the vital experience and career training to best prepare them to succeed all the more upon entering the workforce and beyond. For more information go to http://www.ZUniversity.org

Other initiatives involve: creating proprietary internship program assessment tools, formalizing a student mentoring curriculum for professionals to support student development, innovating specialized training programs for entry-level professionals, establishing a scholarship foundation to support merit-based internships, and taking action as a leader in promoting experiential education.

About Intern Toolkit

Intern Toolkit features a proprietary “core system” designed to make students highly productive and contribute business value. The Toolkit has seven modules and nearly 60 components with step-by-step best practices, adaptable templates (i.e., worksheets, checklists, questionnaires, evaluations, and legal forms), and tools and resources to support program management needs that range from the most basic to the most advanced. It also contains exclusive business skills training materials. Intern Toolkit comes in a spiral bound reference guide with all contents on a CD-ROM for users to adapt as needed.

Intern Toolkit™ was created by Matthew Zinman, president and founder of Z University.org, based on a system he developed through nearly 20 years of first-hand experience with internship programs and personally managing more than 200 student interns.

This press release was distributed through eMediawire by Human Resources Marketer (HR Marketer: http://www.HRmarketer.com) on behalf of the company listed above.

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