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Interns Placed in Internships in Windham County 

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Current Internship Listings 

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Internships that led to employment 

The program works to partner college students and recent graduates with local companies and contribute to Vermont’s economic development, while introducing students to the opportunities that exist here in Vermont. It attracts students from across Windham County, the State, and the Country to start their careers in Southern Vermont, providing work-based learning experiences to students and qualified labor to Windham County’s growing businesses and nonprofits. Currently, five higher education institutions are participating in the program: Community College of Vermont, Landmark College, Marlboro College, World Learning/School for International Training (S.I.T.) and Vermont Technical College. This is an opportunity for an employer to explore a special or short-term project, build capacity for current employees so they may focus on higher-level tasks and try out potential employees in a low-risk environment.

The BDCC & Six College Collaborative Internship Program offers: (1) a motivated, highly skilled applicant pool, (2) a rigorous program offering individualized support, (3) screening of candidates, reducing the hiring workload for the business organization, and (4) a local and regional model built on strong relationships between businesses, colleges and students. The program supports businesses in finding qualified, dedicated interns and college students in finding valuable internships.

Since the Collaborative Internship Program’s launch in February of 2014, it has strengthened its ties with the participating colleges, their surrounding communities, and the broader business community of the Windham Region. Businesses and colleges are more aware of the program than ever, and both groups are therefore more aware of the opportunities they present to one another. Talented and skilled college students in the region are a valuable resource, and in utilizing that resource, businesses are helping those same students move smoothly into the workforce.  Interns have been placed in an array of business sectors and have consistently provided positive and enthusiastic feedback referencing the value of the experience they are gaining toward their professional goals. Nine of these internships have, as of now, led directly to employment with the participating business. Several local newspapers, including the Brattleboro Reformer, Commons News, and Vermont Biz Magazine, have published front page articles praising the program. Two participating college interns have written articles about the experience and the program as a whole. This media attention reflects the region’s need for such a program, the benefits it provides, and even raises awareness of the Six College Collaborative. Finally, these results vindicate the internship program by revealing how many highly-skilled, highly-motivated young workers the area has and how ready they are to bolster the growth of local Vermont businesses while simultaneously improving themselves as a workforce.