Vermont Technology Council Launches Online Tool to Match Employers and Student Interns

Tech platform, powered by Internships.com, supports collaborative efforts to retain top students and support technology companies

Burlington, VT (October 14th, 2013) Vermont Secretary of Commerce and Community Development Lawrence Miller, Commissioner of Labor Annie Noonan, and Commissioner of Economic Development Lisa Gosselin joined leadership from the Vermont Technology Council in announcing the launch of an innovative web portal to match Vermont technology companies with open internships with students in higher education seeking experience in the field.

The State of Vermont has articulated through legislation and the allocation of resources that workforce development is an integral part of economic development, and internships are a growing part of this evolving policy.

“In my role as Secretary, I have significant contact with many Vermont companies whose growth is limited by the availability of a workforce with the skills and experience needed," said Miller. “Creating solutions that address this issue is a top priority.”

The new website, www.vermont.internships.com, is designed to address the workforce needs of the state’s diverse companies, in rural and urban areas alike. Offered as a free service, the dynamic, user-friendly interface consolidates exciting internship opportunities and employers creating their pipeline of new employees in one convenient location.

“We are honored to partner with the Vermont Technology Council and have Internships.com power the platform connecting students with employers,” said Robin D. Richards, Chairman and CEO of Internships.com. “Technology innovation in local talent retention is critical for our next generation workforce.”

Vermont employers can easily access the website to post new internship opportunities and browse for potential candidates, learn how to create an internship program, how to write an effective job description, find answers to legal questions about hiring interns, and more. Students worldwide can check the site for all available internships; take the “internship predictor” to help refine their search, find resume advice, and more.

We know that students rely on social media and the internet when pursuing internship opportunities and access to the most current content to guide their search is critical,” said John Evans, President of the Vermont Technology Council. “Internships are the best way for students to gain the work experience necessary to find a job after graduation. In fact, nearly 7 out of 10 internships culminate with a full time job offer after successful completion of the program.”

Likewise, Vermont companies want a simple and efficient way to list internships and avail themselves of comprehensive educational tools to help build and grow thriving internship programs. Both the public and private sectors have asked for a central location to post and search for internship opportunities.