San Antonio, Texas (PRWEB) August 27, 2012
College recruiting is dominated by large employers. This means students may miss out on the 80% of jobs recently added to the economy by the small businesses, startups, and nonprofits of San Antonio. This also means small businesses don’t have the same access to student talent for internships and entry-level positions. That’s why the City and Mayor of San Antonio, over 20 agencies, chambers, and organizations, 13 colleges and universities, the Governor's office and campus2careers have come together to connect area students and local employers for internships all year through a new program called InternInSanAntonio.
The San Antonio Chamber is one of the community partners helping to spearhead InternInSanAntonio. “The city of San Antonio and Mayor Castro is focused on improving our educational system. One way to do this is to work with the business community to help students develop the skills they need to get a job through internships” says Andria Castillo, VP of Education for the San Antonio Chamber. “This program will also be a big benefit to our members who are always looking for top talent they can develop and promote from within.”
Schools like UTSA, Trinity, Alamo Community College, and more are participating in InternInSanAntonio as well. Career Centers are sharing program information with their students and recommending they pursue an internship in the fall. “It’s never too early to intern” says Christian Corrales, Experiential Learning Coordinator at UTSA’s Career Center. “We advise freshmen to start thinking about internships during orientation. It’s a very competitive job environment right now, and a relevant internship on a resume will make the difference between whether the student gets the job or even can command a high starting salary. We are so excited to participate in InternInSanAntonio.”
InternInSanAntonio is another important educational initiative supported by the Mayor’s office. “Our growing business community can be part of our education system by engaging an intern during the school year, not just over the summer” said Mayor Julian Castro. “We can help our students develop the skills our workforce needs while benefiting from their energy, education, and enthusiasm all year.”
The InternInSanAntonio program includes a website (http://www.InternInSA.org) with best practice tools and templates to help employers develop an effective, annual internship program and a fair each semester to connect small businesses, startups, and nonprofits in the region with area students all year. The Fall InternInSanAntonio fair will be Saturday Sept 8th from 2:00-5:00PM at the San Antonio Food Bank. To register, go to http://www.InternInSA.org. Only the first 125 employers and 600 students to register for the fair will be able to attend. If you have any questions about the program, contact campus2careers, the organizers, at info(at)campus2careers(dot)com
campus2careers is the host of InternInSanAntonio and the first site to connect small to mid-sized employers with college students and recent grads for internships, part-time work or full-time jobs. 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.