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Sep 21, 201711:03 AMOpen Mic

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WisConnect matches employers with student talent to grow Wisconsin’s workforce

“You can get in there, and you can prove yourself to the people you’re working with and build your relationships and build your network, so that when the time comes to apply for a full-time position, they remember who you are and what your work ethic was.” — Leah Iocco, associate food scientist and former intern, Sargento Foods Inc.

If you are a student looking for internship opportunities or an employer looking to grow your talent pipeline, register today with WisConnect, the state’s premier online source for internships.

With the website barely two months old, employers representing hundreds of worksites across the state have already registered or had openings featured. Now, with the fall semester upon us, it’s a great time for college students to start thinking ahead to spring and summer work experiences. To this end, more students are setting up new WisConnect profiles every day.

Internships are a proven way for students to gain confidence in their course of study, develop important workplace skills, and start building a network of mentors, co-workers, and others that is so important to landing that new opportunity and achieving long-term career success.

Employers gain more than simply another set of hands on deck; they also gain the opportunity to attract and train students who very well could be future employees. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers:

  • Over 75% of businesses use internships to recruit for full-time, entry-level positions.
  • Over 67% of businesses extend full-time employment offers to interns if a job is open.
  • Nearly 77% of interns who are offered a full-time job after their internship ends accept it.
  • Nearly two out of three interns who become full-time employees are still with the company after one year.
  • Over half of interns who become full-time employees stay with the company for at least five years.

WisConnect offers an easy way for employers to find the best and brightest student talent. That includes employers with robust internship programs like Sargento Foods Inc., as well as employers looking for step-by-step assistance to starting an internship program. At the Department of Workforce Development, we are committed to growing internships through WisConnect and providing direct assistance to any Wisconsin employer looking to launch one.

With tools to customize a business profile and rotating logos of registered employers on the WisConnect homepage, the website also offers employers with a free marketing opportunity.

The bottom line is internships are a win-win for students, for employers, and for Wisconsin, and WisConnect is the premier source for Wisconsin internships.

Register today at InternshipWisconsin.com, or learn more by contacting DWD Internship Coordinator Tim Strait at Timothy.Strait@dwd.wisconsin.gov.

Ray Allen is secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.

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