Engaging Employers to Foster Student Talent
At the beginning of 2019, MBEP’s Monterey Bay Internships team hosted multiple workshops across the Monterey Bay region (Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Benito counties) to provide internship information for employers. Collaborating with our Monterey Bay Internships steering partners and local community-based organizations, over 100 employers attending across the tri-county!
We continue to work to educate employers on the benefits of hiring and mentoring interns and improving productivity in the workplace. Hiring interns is also a vital component to improving the talent pipeline in our workforce. Workshop content includes internship benefits, addressing legal concerns for unpaid internships, how to recruit and attract college students, and a live demo of our free online Employer Portal portal.
“The MBI team was great to work with on a workshop for employers. Our sizable crowd left informed and ready to connect with a pipeline of new talent on the Central Coast.”
-Kevin Heuer, director of Engagement & Impact with Community Foundation Santa Cruz County
“I am really excited to not have to go to all the various schools individually anymore. Thanks for doing [the workshop].“
-David Kumec, chef and owner of Mission Hill Creamery
The Monterey Bay Internships team will be continuing to offer free workshops for employers, so don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn more about the benefits of interns in your workplace! Click here to view our employer workshop presentation slides for more info!
Visit our Events webpage or submit a request below to have our team contact you via phone or online, meet with you in person or host a workshop with your organization!
Pictured from left: Kevin Heuer, Andrea Konrad, & Hayley Mears
Pictured: Employers attending a workshop hosted a Community Foundation of Monterey County
Monterey Bay Internships impact since its inception (as of July 2019)
- Over 3,500 students registered
- Over 1,000 employers registered
- Over 800 internships posted
Hundreds of students have found internships via mbinterns.org whether they apply online or directly with employers or through their college. Internships are making a positive impact on improving the talent pipeline!
Visit our Monterey Bay Internships Employer Toolkit for tools and guidance to provide a fulfilling internship opportunity for students.
We have had excellent experiences with our now 12 interns to-date. All of our interns have benefitted — the experiences provided by our organization helped the interns to achieve their next career opportunity (Plantronics, X2Engine, City of Salinas, County of San Mateo) master’s programs (UC Irvine, St Mary’s, SJSU). The organizations that use Monterey Bay Internships will benefit, and they will be part of building the future for us all.
I decided to try hiring through Monterey Bay Internships. I could not have been more pleased with the results. Shortly after my posting, I was presented with multiple qualified candidates. I ended up hiring two of them. I was impressed with their professionalism, insightful questions, and helpful suggestions as well as their work ethic.
National Association of Colleges and Employers 2019 Stats
- $19.05 Average hourly wage for an intern*
- 58% of interns receive at least 1 job offer v. 44% of non-interns**
- 56.1% Average conversion rate from intern to full-time hire*
- 71.4% Average one-year retention rate for intern hires with internal experience*
- 70.1% Percent of employers who rate interns as very/extremely proficient in teamwork competency**
- Students who intern on average earn a starting salary of $20,000 more than students who don’t***
*National Association of Colleges and Employers 2019 Internship & Co-op Report
**National Association of Colleges and Employers Job Outlook 2019
***National Association of Colleges and Employers 2018 Salary Survey
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