New tool to help students find paid internships

Coordinator for the work experience and internship program Vivian Dillion explains the program to students at the student center on March 31. (Photo by Joe Padilla)

LaunchPath is an internship tool created to help match students to paid internships. These internships can help pay school expenses and gain work experience in the field related to your major.

Shannon Walls, Capital Region Pathways Specialist for The Foundation of Community Colleges, spoke to ARC students that attended about how employers on LaunchPath offer paid internships.

“I’m here to help ARC students who may be struggling to gain work experience in their field of major. It will help students excel in their career, and help students with the financial need of college. Internships can help you achieve their goals,” said Walls.

LaunchPath helps filter through the thousands of internships listed and narrow the search down.

This will use the major and interests of the student to match the student with the best internship available.

LaunchPath first has students create a profile that will showcase skills learned in classes, jobs, and internships.

It then takes the information input and creates a fun exercise to get to know students a bit more. Following that, it will match a student with an employer based on the information from the profile.

Tristina Kitay, who is in her last semester in the Speech and Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) program here at ARC said, “I have an internship at a public school and I’ve learned about my internship at ARC. This internship has helped me out a lot. It is fabulous. It’s also a requirement in my major.”

ARC also has an internship database. Go to A-Z index, click on Internships and click on The Los Rios Internships & Career Services (LINCS) page. Three ARC services that assist students with career training and employment needs, the career center, CalWORKS, and Co-op Work Experience and Internship Programs, have teamed together to help students with job or internship search needs.

The internship program helps connect students to internships offered through local employers.

“My friend got an internship with HP. She didn’t know anything about the company and within a year of interning she got hired.”  Richard Ball, who is in his last semester as an economics student, said.

Some students may feel life is too busy for internships. Stephanie Androws, who is in her first semester in the SLPA program said, “I don’t care to learn anything about internships. I’m not interested. I don’t have time.”

ARC students that need assistance with LaunchPath or Internship information visit the internship building in the portable village for answers to internships.

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Nicole Kesler
Nicole Kesler is a first-semester student on the Current, where she serves as a staff member. She plans to transfer and receive her BA in communications and journalism.

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