On May 15th, an estimated 200 companies and 600 students/candidates from 8 area colleges will attend the nation’s first Citywide Internship Fair at the AT&T Conference Center with the purpose of connecting students and start-ups, small businesses, and nonprofits in Austin looking for an internship/intern this summer. The “Connect” event will be from 2:00-4:00 PM in the ballroom, beginning with a brief training by Constant Contact on the benefits of an intern on Social Media.
“Austin has one of the greatest untapped business resources in the nation-a large student population. The purpose of InterninAustin is to help the local employers of Central Texas have the same access to this educated and energetic resource as the national companies that recruit at our great institutions. In return, we expect you will provide a unique educational experience for our students that will help them build their résumé, network, and career plans after graduation.” Mayor Lee Leffingwell.
For businesses thinking of hiring an intern this summer InternInAustin is a single source employer with access to all the resources needed to create an effective internship program. The InternInAustin program is powered by campus2careers and sponsored by the Austin Mayor’s Office, all local chambers, nonprofit associations, and more. The program includes training sessions by the Small Business Development Program, tools and templates for employers, and the citywide internship fair offering many benefits for local businesses and nonprofits.
Besides the event conveniently being on the weekend as to not conflict with student classes to increase their participation, and more interactive speed networking/interviewing agenda between students and employers. Business professionals will also be able to mingle with peers. There will be a brief training on how to get the most out of the experience and other tips.
Visit www.interninaustin.org site for tools and templates to build an effective internship program, resources to recruit interns for companies/organization all year round, events for the program; including SBDP Trainings, and to register for the fair. The event is free for students currently enrolled with a local University/College looking for an internship this summer and $25 for company attendees. For any questions about the event or program, please contact [email protected] or 512.354.7690
By Monica Pena