College to Expand Internship Offerings
SUNY Oneonta will expand its partnerships with local and regional employers as one of 18 SUNY institutions selected for Phase II of SUNY Works, the system’s cooperative education and internship initiative.
“SUNY has created an open dialogue with employers statewide to be sure our students have a competitive edge in today’s job market, and that our campuses are valuable economic resources for the business community in every region,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher, in announcing the Phase II launch earlier this month. “SUNY Works is about opportunity – for students to graduate truly job-ready, for faculty to extend their lessons outside the classroom, and for employers to directly influence the workforce of the future.”
Local and regional internships are already a valuable and growing part of the educational experience at SUNY Oneonta. During the 2012-2013 academic year, 234 students completed credit-bearing internships with businesses and nonprofit organizations in the region. “The SUNY Works program will enable SUNY Oneonta to build on these successful partnerships and develop new ones,” said college Internship Coordinator Megan Ackley.
In November, SUNY Oneonta will host a networking reception on campus for local and regional organizations interested in learning more about the college’s internship programs and the benefits of becoming an internship partner.
“SUNY WORKS gives businesses the ability to have an active role in engaging college students with on-the-job training and leadership skills, creating a win-win for the employer and the college student by providing a positive end result: a work-savvy college graduate ready to enter into the job market,” said Barbara Ann Heegan, executive director of The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce. “This is an exciting opportunity for our businesses in Otsego County to incentivize our college graduates to live and work in Otsego County after graduation.”
Phase I of SUNY Works was launched in 2012 and included Stony Brook University as well as eight community colleges—Cayuga, Fulton-Montgomery, Fashion Institute of Technology, Hudson Valley, Monroe, Onondaga, Schenectady and Suffolk. Together, these nine campuses offer more than 300 co-op programs and more than 3,600 internships. Campuses launching SUNY Works as part of Phase II are: UAlbany, SUNY Buffalo State, SUNY Oneonta, SUNY Oswego, and community colleges at Adirondack, Broome, Orange, Rockland and Niagara.
As part of SUNY Works, campus faculty work with local employers to jointly develop college courses that integrate classroom instruction and on-the-job work experience in many disciplines. These programs provide students with career-building opportunities, expand faculty portfolios, generate job-ready college graduates for local employers, and meet state workforce needs.