In the two weeks InternNE.com has been online a record number of Nebraska students have registered for the state's internship program.
Nearly 100 newly-registered students have been recorded since the website went live in early January. And InternNE Program Coordinator Allison Hatch only sees these numbers rising.
"InternNE.com has become a top source for students statewide searching for competitive-wage internships in Nebraska, as well as hundreds of employers looking for top-notch intern candidates who may someday become excellent employees," Hatch said.
There are currently 1,000 students and around 300 employers using the service.
The program boasts the success story of Ellen Hughes, who started as an intern through InternNE and ended up working as ALLO Communications Human Resources Generalist helping the company find other great interns.
During her internship, Hughes worked as a customer service representative, first learning the basics of the Telecommunications industry. She also got hands-on experience in Human Resources—an area that encompassed her true interests.
"This programs' resources really help students, like myself, take the next step along their career paths, often by highlighting opportunities they may never have otherwise known about," said Hughes. "I can say that as a past participant and now a current employer of interns, I am a strong believer in InternNE's valuable resources, which are only a click away for employers and students alike."
InternNE is free for employers to post paid internships as well as access student resumes. Employers may also apply for the Nebraska Department of Economic Development's InternNE Grand Program to receive added benefits.
Grants are available to companies creating qualified new internships, matching wages paid to interns between 40 percent (up to $3,500 per internship) and 60 percent (up to $5,000 per internship) depending on a business's location. A total 229 companies, to date, have taken advantage of the program.
An InternNE Program poll found that more than 50 percent of students who graduated at the completion of their internships were offered full-time positions with the companies where they interned, and more than 25 percent were hired for full-time positions with other companies.
To participate in the program, companies need to register on InternNE.com and submit applications, as well as create and post internship opportunities.