Charleston West Virginia Economic Development

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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Help your Business and Your Community
Through the Charleston Area Alliance Internship Program
A Message from Charleston Area Alliance President Matt Ballard

The Charleston Area Alliance's 2009 Internship Development Program is moving forward! Don't miss this opportunity to help retain the area's future leaders and help our region grow its intellectual capital by participating in the Charleston Area Alliance's 2009 Internship Development Program.

All internship opportunities must be submitted by 5 p.m. Friday, April 24 to ensure students are given adequate notice. The Charleston Area Alliance's Internship Development Program began in 2008 and works to promote internships with area businesses in an effort to retain future leaders in our area.

The Alliance is continuing to update its database of available internship positions and opportunities at local companies and is encouraging area businesses of all sizes to inform the Alliance of internship opportunities, paid or unpaid, that provide our future leaders with "real world" working experience. For example, a marketing student at the University of Charleston may be able to assist in the development of an ad campaign; an engineering student from WVU Tech could assist staff engineers on a special project; an education student from West Virginia State University could teach business writing and grammar skills to existing staff.

Once the Alliance receives your internship information, we will then notify the higher education institutions of these opportunities for their students. Our members tell us workforce development issues are one of their greatest challenges. The region's growth depends on increasing our intellectual capital - educated and skilled employees.

The Internship Development Program is just one way the Alliance is bringing the education and business sectors together to build a workforce equipped for the needs of today and tomorrow. This program will not only be beneficial to our member businesses but can serve as a catalyst to keep our youth in West Virginia. With the experience gained interning with local businesses, students will be more qualified for full-time employment at the conclusion of their education or skills training.

Email Lesley Hager with the Charleston Area Alliance or call (304) 340-4253. All opportunities must be submitted by 5 p.m. Friday, April 24.


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