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More Internship Opportunities for Students - Boost VT Economy

More than 40,000 students choose to attend college in Vermont each year - but a much smaller number actually stay in the state after graduation. Now there’s a new initiative to change that.
More than 40,000 students choose to attend college in Vermont each year - but a much smaller number actually stay in the state after graduation. Now there’s a new initiative to change that.

A new website is connecting students with internships - the goal is to keep people and jobs in the state, and ultimately boost our economy.

You’re likely familiar with the websites Green Mountain Coffee Roasters and the State of Vermont to name a few - but the face behind the design is Beau Cameron. 

"I went to UVM as a computer science major," Cameron said.

For three years now, he’s been a software developer for a Vermont based technology services firm called C2 in Colchester.

"After graduation they offered me a full time position," Cameron said.

Cameron started there as an intern - he wasn't getting coffee, rather doing meaningful work - real projects for clients - the internship only confirming the degree he was pursuing was the right path.

"Do you want to work in software? Do you want to do mobile development?  --  You won't figure it out until you actually do it," he said.

Cameron earned real life work experience - and with help from a new website launched Thursday, even more students could do the same.

Vermont.internships.com is designed for students to connect with Vermont employers, to help them land internship in the technical, creative and business fields.

"Great way to help build careers that will really help build the Vermont economy," Department of Labor Commissioner Annie Noonan said.

You can search by a keyword, or your major - and the website will give you a list of employers who are looking for their future workforce.

"Getting them some real world experience is the critical key in the path to success," Secretary of Commerce and Community Development Lawrence Miller said.

Any employer can post to the site for free.

The site is funded by the Vermont Technology Council and the state. 

Commissioner Noonan says if Vermont could retain even 5,000 graduates, it would be a victory for the state.

 www.vermont.internships.com

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