Greenville College and the Greenville Chamber of Commerce are partnering on a program that will place students in local businesses as interns. The program was first proposed by a group of Greenville College seniors as part of their COR project. In the COR program, students are tasked with a semester long project of their own choosing that will better the campus; this group of students decided to address the need for promoting internships at area businesses. The group conducted an on-campus survey and learned that most students weren’t aware that internships might be available at Greenville businesses and would overwhelmingly be interested in applying.
Patrick Miller, Greenville College Dean of Career and Calling, and John Goldsmith, Greenville Chamber of Commerce executive director, have built upon the COR group’s groundwork and will unveil the internship program at a breakfast meeting on Thursday, February 19 at 7:30 a.m. at the Bradford Community Building. Chamber of Commerce member businesses interested in participating are encouraged to attend.
Miller explained, “The purpose of this internship program is to integrate academic learning with a planned and supervised work experience at a Chamber member business. Any student in any major, or those undeclared, may enroll in any internship. The internship may be paid or unpaid as determined by the host business.”
Goldsmith believes the internship program can provide employers with a resource for staff to assist with short-term and immediate range needs, as well as seasonal and special projects. “This also strengthens the relationship between Greenville businesses and Greenville College, its faculty and students,” said Goldsmith.
Any Chamber member business that would like to know more about the Greenville College/Greenville Chamber Internship Program should send a representative to the meeting on February 19. Students will be available for internships beginning in March. For information about the meeting, contact John Goldsmith at 664-9272.