I recently participated in a roundtable discussion sponsored by Wells Fargo for the Leadership Quarterly supplement of the Colorado Springs Business Journal published on January 28, 2011. The topic: preparing tomorrow's professionals to meet the needs of Colorado Springs employers. One of the dilemmas graduating students face, particularly in our current economy, is not having actual on-the-job experience when they start preparing for work in the "real world". As we pursue our vision of building successful futures, that dilemma has been dramatically reduced for many College of Business students. In response to feedback from local business leaders, we established an Office of Internships and Placement in 2009, with Lisanne McNew as the Director. Since that time more than 400 students ere placed into the workforce better prepared to succeed in their careers after participating in our Internship and Placement program.
Director Lisanne McNew serves as a matchmaker, assisting businesses in finding educated employees and helping students gain relevant work experience. An internship gives students valuable insights regarding the nature of work they may perform after graduation and helps students to decide on long-term career paths. A business hiring one of our interns, on the other hand, gets a "try before you buy" opportunity to seek qualified entry-level employees. It's a win-win-win-win situation for our local businesses, our students, the College of Business, and the region.
Here are just a few of the College of Business Placement and Internship Office Highlights as of January 2011:
· One of 26 students selected nationwide to work in Denver on the Clean Cities Coalition was one of our MBA students http:/www.lungcolorado.org/cleancities/#
· A sustainability internship through Pikes Peak Work Force Center (PPWFC) has recently been added to the growing list of internship opportunities through the College of Business http://www.ppwfc.org/
· Students have entered internships with organizations such as USAFA in Contracts, Congressman's Office in Washington, DC and Colorado Springs, T Rowe Price, BLEUM - in Shangai China, Goodwill, Colorado Springs Utilities, USAA, Lockheed Martin, BKD, BiggsKofford, Stockman Kast Ryan, Disneyworld, and Integra with many of these internships turning into permanent placements
· Students that have been helped through our placement office, graduated and obtained full-time employment receive an average annual salary of $41,161
Lisanne is continually forming new relationships with businesses in Colorado Springs, which ultimately means more internships and placements for our students and strong employees for you. Many opportunities are provided for students and employers to meet during Meet & Greets, Mock Interviews and Professional Development Workshops. Your success is our success.
If you have questions or would like more information about placement and internships through the College of Business please contact:
Lisanne at (719) 255-4700, firstname.lastname@example.org, or http://www.uccs.edu/~business/current/placement/index.html