Here’s a little story on why one should definitely crack open that weekly SVTC email — you never know what hidden gem might reveal itself!
Recently, we passed information on to our readers from the Commonwealth STEM Industry Internship Program, CSIIP, concerning the availability of ONE free-to-the-company internship — when hiring a community college student. In addition, the friendly folks at CSIIP, Debbie and Scott, were going to help search through their database if needed, and point out possible candidates. What a deal! One free intern for the summer and someone to hold your hand while you make your selection. Brilliant! (Although CSIIP is limited in funded slots, they are excited to help with STEM internship needs if companies will take a few minutes to register)— Soon after we sent the email, I heard that three S.V. companies were in conversation with CSIIP, and last week then I heard from Milt Matter / Ivy Tools (http://www.ivytools.com) that they were the winner! Here is his take on why it pays to read your tech council emails. Thanks, Milt!:
"Thanks so much to the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council for helping connect Ivy Tools to a perfect summer internship opportunity. A well timed email from the SVTC brought to my attention a program offered by CSIIP, the Commonwealth STEM Industry Internship Program. They wanted to place five community college students in internships with STEM related Virginia businesses. CSIIP would help the business locate qualified students and fully fund a paid internship.
After considering the proposition carefully for three seconds, I clicked the link in the SVTC email and filled out the brief employer application. A few minutes later I received a call from Scott Bellows at CSIIP offering to help find some candidates. Within a day Scott rounded up four excellent students and sent me their resumes. Over the next few days we interviewed the candidates and offered the position to a local student who will be studying mechanical engineering at the University of Virginia in the fall. It’s been a great fit for Ivy Tools, with the student learning about a wide variety of electrical and mechanical diagnostic equipment, from FLIR cameras to airflow measurement. (http://www.ivytools.com/flir-cameras-a/280.htm)
With only five internships available statewide, it’s unlikely that Ivy Tools would have ever heard of the program except through the SVTC email. We are happy to be a member of the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council, and grateful to have them laboring on our behalf. Many thanks to SVTC for keeping Valley tech businesses aware of such opportunities!"
-Milton Matter, Ivy Tools
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