Twin Ports Colleges Spark Internship Opportunities

Posted at: 06/25/2013 11:57 AM
Updated at: 06/25/2013 10:39 PM
By: Brittany Falkers

About 45 different non-profit and government organizations gathered at the University of Wisconsin Superior's Yellowjacket Union for a workshop called Connect with Campus.

The free workshop was designed to help community non-profits successfully navigate the people, departments, and terminology within higher education institutions as they seek to connect with students interested in internships, service-learning and volunteer opportunities.

This collaboration between the University of Minnesota Duluth, UWS, and the College of St. Scholastica aims to spark more internship opportunities for students in our area.

"We are just thrilled to do this collaboratively, it really shows the Twin Ports. It highlights the three colleges working together to serve our community." Kathy Kykkonen, director of career services at UWS, said.

Organizers say internships are almost a requirement in today's competitive workforce. So, having them availible for students here in the Northland is key.

Jessie Pondell, director of Student Porfessional Developemnt for the UW Oshkosh College of Business, led the workshop. She says starting up an internship is a lot easier than organizations might think and it's mutually beneficial.

"The goal at the end of the internship is always to have the organizations say, 'Wow, we got more out of that student than we really invested than them.' And on the flip side having that student says, 'wow, I got more of of that internship academically, professionally,than I put in.' That's what makes it a win win," she said.

Organizers say that college students make a big contribution to communities through volunteering and service. In 2012, 3.1 million college students dedicated more than 118 million hours of service across the country, a contribution valued at $2.5 billion, according to the most recent Volunteering and Civic Life in America report.

For more information on volunteering and internship opportunities in the Northland visit the United Way's Web site.