The college is looking to place business-savvy interns in jobs across the valley, but amid COVID-19, that’s no easy task.
Fresno State’s Craig School of Business typically places more than 100 students per semester in local internships. However, amid the pandemic, many companies have scaled back or even reduced their internship programs.
Now the school is getting creative, making it easy and convenient for companies in the valley to hire their students.
Fresno State business student Samantha Quintanilla says she wasn’t sure she could find a college internship amid the pandemic.
“I was worried that some wouldn’t accept interns because of the restrictions,” Quintanilla said.
Thanks to the university Hire Fresno State online job site, she completed not one but two internships right here in central California.
“I learned the why,” Quintanilla added. “Why am I taking this step, how could the advice I give my clients help them succeed.”
Internships are a crucial part of the college experience and Fresno State is working hard to keep them alive amid the pandemic
“It’s been a little more difficult because of the COVID restrictions,” said director of student experiences Micheala Ford. “Some employers haven’t had the opportunity to open their doors and hire new employees who aren’t already on their staff.”
This semester, they hope to place dozens of qualified Fresno State business students in internships across the valley.
“Finance, marketing, information systems, data analytics, we have almost every business option available to students still looking for a job,” Ford said.
Internships can be paid or unpaid, giving students like Samantha valuable work experience before she even enters the workforce.
“I was no longer nervous about graduating,” Quintanilla explained. “I had an idea of what I’m going to get into after I graduate and I’m really excited.”
Companies in the Valley looking for interns can register on the Hire Fresno State job site before January 28.
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