Employer Resources

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!

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

The Monterey Bay Internships website is extremely user friendly and easy to navigate. I refer my students to the site on a regular basis and take pleasure in doing so knowing that it may lead to amazing opportunities whether it be personally or professionally. – Janene Avedisian, Student Internship Coordinator at UC Santa Cruz

Now, due to the impacts of COVID-19, we continue to work to educate employers on the benefits of hiring and mentoring interns in remote internships and improving productivity in the workplace. Hiring interns is also a vital component in improving the talent pipeline in our workforce.  Visit our Monterey Bay Internships Employer Toolkit for tools, webinar, and guidance to provide a fulfilling internship opportunity for students, both in-person and remotely! The Employer Toolkit content includes internship benefits, addressing legal concerns for unpaid internships, how to recruit and attract college students, how to implement remote internships and create a scope of work and sample documents for employers to use: welcome letter, stipends programs, internship agreement and scope of work, and timesheet. Hundreds of students have found internships whether they apply online or directly with employers or through their college. Internships are making a positive impact on improving the talent pipeline!

Pictured from left: Kevin Heuer, Community Foundation Santa Cruz County, Andrea Konrad, Think Local First Santa Cruz & Hayley Mears, Monterey Bay Economic Partnership

Pictured: Employers attending a workshop hosted at Community Foundation for Monterey County

Monterey Bay Internships impact since its inception (as of July 2020)

  • Over 4,250 students registered
  • Over 1,145 employers registered
  • Over 975 internships posted


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.

Mary Gaukel

Your Future Is Our Business

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.

Will Allanson

Farmers Insurance Agency

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

Interested in mentoring high school students?                                                             

We partner with Your Future Is Our Business in Santa Cruz County and Earn & Learn in Monterey County to support programs that implement work-based learning programs to improve high school students’ academic and technical skills while developing their employability.

Are you a UC Santa Cruz alumn? 

If so, consider mentoring a UC Santa Cruz student by signing up for UC Santa Cruz Career Advice Network. Create a profile and get matched with a student that shares your interests.

Talent Pipeline Training Resources for Employers

Contract Education

Contract Education is provided by community college districts who contract with a public or private entity for the purposes of providing instruction, services, or both by the community college to impact business retention and expansion in California and build a strong economy that is competitive domestically and internationally. Learn more about California Community Colleges Contract Education.

Cabrillo College Extension offers a variety of workshops and classes to the community for personal and professional growth and enrichment including contract training and education to employers and organizations. Learn more about Corporate Training: http://cabrillo.edu/services/corporate/

Contact Cabrillo Extension: http://www.cabrillo.edu/services/extension/contact.html

Gavilan College’s Contract Education department provides courses and workshops designed to help employers improve profit. Learn more about Contract Education: http://www.gavilan.edu/ce/contract_edu.php

Employment Training Panel

The Employment Training Panel (ETP) provides funding to employers to assist in upgrading the skills of their workers through training that leads to good paying, long-term jobs. ETP is a funding agency, not a training agency; businesses determine their own training needs and how to provide training. ETP staff is available to assist in applying for funds and other aspects of participation. Learn more: https://etp.ca.gov/


The California Division of Apprenticeship Standards (DAS) consults with employers to develop a skilled workforce with viable career pathways to increase productivity and strengthen our economy. Start an apprenticeship program: https://www.dir.ca.gov/DAS/Employers.htm

Grow Apprenticeship California works to support California’s apprenticeship system through programs that encourage and guide the creation of apprenticeship opportunities.

Talent Pipeline Management

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Talent Pipeline Management® (TPM) initiative is a workforce strategy for our time that can meet the needs of today’s changing business environment. https://www.uschamberfoundation.org/talent-pipeline-management

In California: https://www.uschamberfoundation.org/talent-pipeline-management/tpm-map

Google IT Certificate Hiring Consortium

Employers can connect with Grow with Google to hire students who have successfully completed the Google IT Support Professional Certificate. This form is for (1) new employers that want to join the hiring consortium and (2) employers already in our consortium who have a current open IT support roles and want to feature them on our job board. The job board is part of an exclusive, online community, hosted on the Coursera, for learners who have completed the Google IT Support Professional Certificate program. These learners have demonstrated grit and self-determination in order to complete this rigorous, hands-on program, and are eager to connect with prospective employers. Interested employers can fill out this membership form.

Monterey County Family-Friendly Employer & Child Welcoming Business

Family-Friendly Employers that establish family-friendly policies and provide employees with the opportunity to achieve a healthy work-life balance benefit immensely. Family-friendly working conditions are not only good for children, parents, and elders; they are in the best interest of employers and, ultimately, they benefit our larger community. Learn more about becoming a Family-Friendly Employer in Monterey County.

Child Welcoming Businesses invite children and parents to interact in their place of business. They have activities or materials that encourage adults and children to build strong family bonds, encouraging strong community bonds. Learn more about becoming a Child Welcoming Business in Monterey County.