White House Taps Local Business to Help Solve National Problem

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The White House helps students connect with small to mid-sized employers for internships and jobs via Summer Jobs+ and campus2careers.com.

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It’s estimated that by keeping more students and recent grads in Austin, campus2careers has already generated over one million dollars in economic development for the City, and even greater value to local employers.

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Austin-based campus2careers announced today its partnership with the White House for the Department of Labor’s Summer Jobs+ initiative. campus2careers has developed a unique model for connecting college students with small to mid-sized businesses (SMBs) for internships, part-time, and entry-level jobs. While SMBs and startups represent more than 80 percent of the labor market, they often overlook hiring talented college students because of the cost and time required to recruit them. For these reasons, the White House saw campus2careers’ online job matching site and citywide career events as a useful addition to connect America’s youth and employers through Summer Jobs+.

In a press release issued by the White House on May 2, President Obama said, “In January, we called on the private and public sectors to help us address record unemployment among America’s youth. Today, we are proud to announce that cities, federal agencies, non-profits, and companies from across the country have come together to provide hundreds of thousands of summer jobs and employment opportunities for our young people.” campus2careers will support this goal by increasing the number of career events they host each year as well as helping to power the Summer Jobs+ Bank. In addition to adding thousands of jobs and internships to the bank, campus2careers will match candidates with the right career based on their skills and interests.

campus2careers has already started on its commitment, hosting three career events throughout Texas in April. The most recent, InternInAustin, connected hundreds of students and employers for summer internships in Central Texas. Regarding InternInAustin, Austin Mayor Leffingwell said in a statement, “connecting students with our local economy is one the most important economic drivers for a city like Austin. The success of these events speaks to their value to both job seekers and employers. We want to keep our students in Austin this summer and after they graduate. InternInAustin is one of the most effective programs for accomplishing this goal.” It’s estimated that by keeping more students and recent grads in Austin, campus2careers has already generated over one million dollars in economic development for the City, and even greater value to local employers.

“We are ecstatic to be recognized for our role in helping to connect local students to local businesses,” said Jay Whitchurch, CEO of campus2careers. “Through our website and events, we have connected thousands of candidates and companies throughout Texas and have made a commitment to more than double our efforts with the White House’s help and the Summer Jobs+ program. When we first spoke with the White House they had already secured partnerships with several of America’s top corporations and job boards focused on large businesses. We offered to help them reach the backbone of our economy and engine for recovery - the startups, SMBs, and nonprofits of America.”

About campus2careers
campus2careers is the largest entry-level job board in TX and the first site to connect small to mid-sized employers with college students and recent grads for entry-level jobs and internships. Using preferences and skills-based matching, campus2careers helps employers find their "best fit" candidates from schools across TX, saving time and money while improving the quality of hire.

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