By Craig McMorris, TV5 Anchor/Reporter - bio | email
FLINT, MI (WNEM) -
The University of Michigan-Flint will host an internship conference Aug. 6. Organizers say employers and educators are invited to attend the event, which will focus on growing internship opportunities and advancing the impact they have for students, businesses and communities throughout Michigan.
"Intern Advantage: Creating a talent pipeline through community partnerships and resources" will take place at the Riverfront Center. Organizers say it will feature workshops designed to launch, expand and engage new stakeholders in internship programs.
The Michigan Career Educator and Employer Alliance (MCEEA), a statewide collaboration aimed at creating relationships and leveraging resources for the advancement of career and internship opportunities across the state, is coordinating the event. The Prima Civitas Foundation (PCF), Michigan State University (MSU), UM-Flint and Davenport University are among the MCEEA partners.
"Many employers are looking for ways to attract and retain talent, but aren't sure where to begin," said Amanda Dumond-Avila, Prima Civitas Foundation's director of talent initiatives and co-creator of the Michigan Internship Initiative. "By the end of the event, attendees will have resources and information to immediately develop an internship program."
"Many employers could benefit from working with international students, but haven't taken that next step," said Dumond-Avila. "Our focus on international internships will demystify the process and highlight the benefits of connecting with international students."
Attendees will receive an Employer Internship Toolkit, advice on developing job descriptions from HR professionals, information about Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) talent programs, contact information for local colleges and universities, and other resources.
The cost is free but seating is limited. Registration and event information are available at EventBrite.com.
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