One Maine College Working to Keep Graduates in Maine
St. Joseph’s College has created a program that prepares students for a future well beyond college, making a promise to educate them for careers, a promise that might even keep them in Maine once they graduate. Even better, they’re knocking on Maine nonprofit doors to help make that happen.
Connections is St. Joseph’s career development program that supports experiential learning and personal growth, while delivering hands-on experience to students. From the very first week at school, students begin the process of launching their careers, meeting and developing mentors and creating critical connections. In addition, with the College’s support, students are afforded the opportunity to embark on a hands-on, qualifying learning experience of their choosing in either their junior or senior year using up to $2,000 in financial support from St. Joseph’s.
And that’s where you come in. So many students are forced to look out of state for summer internships. With this backing, students may pursue an internship without as much concern for the financial implications. This is a wonderful chance to see your organization through the eyes of ambitious students who love Maine and have chosen to learn here, and to invite them into your workplace. Think about projects you might provide that would help expose a student to your work and to your organization’s mission.
St. Joseph’s College will work with your organization to develop an internship and will work with you to match students to those opportunities. Even though the leaves haven’t fallen, and we haven’t begun our 9 months of winter, it’s not too soon to think about next summer. These students will be starting to make their plans during their winter break.
There are some rules about internships you’ll want to know about. Opportunities need to provide the student with significant educational benefits, encompass hands-on training and must complement, rather than displace, the work of paid employees. But don’t let the limitations deter you! Really, the possibilities are endless.
We encourage nonprofit organizations anywhere in Maine to be creative! These students have declared majors in social work, science, marketing and business. They are interested in pursuing work in the arts, in education, and in health and wellness fields. They have skills to share, and they will welcome the chance to stay in the state they call home.
For more information, please contact Beth Richardson, Director of Career Development, at (207)893-6636 or by email at email@example.com.