April 18, 2016
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Employers sought to host internships for community college STEM students

The Association of Washington Business Institute and the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) are partnering with the Washington MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement) Community College Program to provide internship opportunities to MESA students across the state.

MESA builds a pathway to bachelor degrees and careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields, for students who are underrepresented in the subjects: African-Americans, Native Americans, Latinos, Pacific Islander/Hawaiians, and women. MESA is nationally recognized for its innovative and effective academic development program which includes a dedicated MESA director at each participating campus. The support MESA students receive helps them excel academically in STEM, thus addressing the urgent need to increase the pool of technical talent in Washington state.

MESA students are pursuing degrees such as engineering, computer science, informatics/data science, and applied science, with preferred career fields ranging widely from all types of engineering, to medical, to computer hardware and user experience design. Their ideal internship working environments include in the lab, out in the field, and office settings that provide hands-on experiences to apply their STEM knowledge while further developing critical thinking and problem solving skills.

A business owner who provides an internship opportunity to a MESA student will receive support throughout the internship process from the college MESA directors, SBCTC, and AWB Institute. Please refer to our Internship Toolkit, a manual for Washington state employers to provide meaningful internships to community college students. It provides detailed information on implementing an internship program in your business.

If your business is interested in providing an internship opportunity to a MESA student, please contact Jackie Riley at JackieR@awb.org or 360-943-1600.

Washington Business featured the ongoing cooperation between employers and the Washington MESA program in our Spring 2015 edition.

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