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!

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!

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 the end of 2019)

  • Over 3,835 students registered
  • Over 1,090 employers registered
  • Over 900 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.

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

Click here to learn more about our work with interns and why you should consider hiring an intern!

Interested in mentoring high school students?

We partner with Your Future Is Our Business, a local non-profit that implements 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

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 (grow.google/itcert). 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.

Attract and retain talent by becoming a Family-Friendly Employer in Monterey County

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: https://brightbeginningsmc.org/what-is-a-family-friendly-employer/

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: