How hiring an intern could benefit your Chamber business

Denton Texas is home to three quality institutions of higher-education: The University of North Texas, Texas Woman’s University and North Central Texas College. Each of these schools enrolls a number of talented students who are willing to work hard, whether it be for a pay check or a valuable experience.

Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to complete internships while they are obtaining their college degrees. UNT, TWU and NCTC all have programs designed to kick-start students’ future career paths.

UNT, TWU and NCTC logos

UNT, TWU and NCTC logos

These students need companies to work for however.

They are not necessarily looking to travel to jobs in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, especially when there are so many great businesses in Denton.

NCTC’s Associate Dean Roxanne Del Rio encourages students to intern and to intern locally. She gives an example of how an information technology student landed a full-time job.

“Sam interned at a local Denton company and upon completion of his internship, he was hired to work with the company’s Information Technology Team.” Dr. Del Rio said.  “Sam’s hiring manager saw he showed up to work on time and was a hard worker. He appreciated his dedication.”

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Image from Getspokal.com

UNT’s Associate Director of Student Employment & Experiential Education Robin Patterson says 70 percent of students with internship experiences get full-time job offers.

“Employers that recruit candidates from the University of North Texas prefer to hire graduates with hands-on experience,” Patterson said. “They are looking for the students who have created a valuable network of contacts and have obtained transferable skills by working in a professional environment.”

According to Patterson, this provides a major benefit for employer’s businesses.

“An internship ultimately gives an employer the ability to select an employee that will give them a positive return on the company’s investment.”

Image from Theguardian.com

Image from Theguardian.com

Denton’s local higher education institutions are proud of the students who seek internship positions and want them to be positive representations of their schools.

Deidre Leslie, director of Texas Woman’s University Career Services, says TWU wants businesses to see that their students are not only responsible and accountable, but they have strong work ethic and excellent communication skills.

“Internships offer students the opportunity to train with professionals on important projects,” Leslie said. “This allows students the chance to contribute their talents.”

Small business, Bookkeeper Girl Inc. is always looking for students who are passionate and willing to work hard. Founder and President of Bookkeeper Girl Kim Pollard says properly managed internship programs are a win/win for everyone.

“Internships in small businesses can help foster ideas of entrepreneurship,” Pollard said. “We believes in the philosophy of growing from within and our internship program provides those opportunities.”

Interesting in hiring an intern?

Contact UNT’s Career Services

Contact TWU Career Services

Contact NCTC’s Career Services

Another great option for helping students to develop professionally, is for businesses to host them for observation or shadowing. UNT has kick started their 2014 Take Flight/Job Shadowing program. The school is looking for businesses who will allow students to visit their office for up to four days during winter or spring breaks when it is convenient for the business. This is a voluntary, unpaid experience that allows students the opportunity to tour the workplace, sit in on staff meetings, conduct informational interviews and so much more.

2014 Take Flight Host Guide

2014 Take Flight Employer Application Form

 

by: Brianna Vela

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