The Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce Education Committee is forming a Internship Opportunity Initiative to become more active in creating a pipeline of talented workers for businesses in Raleigh County and surrounding areas.
Member schools, colleges and universities aim to collaborate with the Chamber on matching students with prospective internships. The idea was that the Chamber could use our position in the community to help colleges and universities find businesses that might have an interest in using their interns, beginning with Concord University as the pilot school.
advantage to businesses:
(1) increase their capacity without taking on a Full Time Employment position
(2) get a trial run with a potential employee
advantage to educators and institutions:
(1) to retain graduates in the area by providing them with long term employment
(2) take theories learned in the classroom and apply to practical applications, better preparing students for the real workplace making them more viable job candidates
The Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce Education Committee is interested in sharing programs including the federal work study program, the “learn and earn” program available to Community and Technical colleges and other programs being utilized at many of our institutions with our member businesses.
The Education Committee will work to be the matching piece between institution and business and will work to create an awareness campaign and promote this idea to our business community.
Below you find sections for each of our schools, colleges and universities with information and links provided for each school’s internship opportunities:
Our perspective is to create a strong workforce composed of skilled workers and professionals for a variety of businesses and industries. We can’t continue to let our best and brightest leave the state. As a Chamber and Education Committee, we are positioned to create the messaging needed to make our business community aware of the role they can play in retaining our graduates.
Academy of Careers & Technology
Opened in 1977, Academy of Careers & Technology (ACT) has long been recognized as a primary work-force provider and a significant educational institution in Southern West Virginia and recently received the West Virginia School of Excellence award (West Virginia Department of Education’s highest rating). To attain and maintain such distinction, our administration, faculty, and staff work in close cooperation with our partnering secondary schools and through collaborative efforts involving students, parents, businesses, industry, labor, and higher education. Our curricula at ACT are diverse and challenging. Our students, whether enrolled in a technical program for certification or to supplement their high school program of study, are encouraged to actively explore challenging technical studies that enable them to see the relationship between course content and future career plans. The career and technical instructional programs are rigorous and yet designed to adapt to the needs of diverse learners.
Our goal at ACT is to provide the citizens of Raleigh County, West Virginia, opportunities to find and attain a position in life which is personally productive, useful, and satisfying. I invite you to enjoy our website, accept our invitation to visit Academy of Careers and Technology, or contact us for additional information.
Academy of Careers & Technology Internship Opportunities
Appalachian Bible College
Appalachian Bible College offers a Ministry Placement service that can connect ministries and candidates. You can post a position opening that will stay active on our site for 9 months as well as look through any resumes that candidates have posted, and students and alumni can view listings and respond directly to you if they are interested. Accessing this service is easy and free. Create your account and get info at the link below.
Bluefield State College
The Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management strengthens Bluefield State College’s capacity to recruit, retain and graduate students by bringing staff and resources under one umbrella to facilitate greater collaboration around shared recruitment, retention, and graduation goals.
Career Services and Placement Offices is one of the many departments in Bluefield State College’s Department of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management. This department provides students and graduates with employment information, arranges on-campus interviews with employers, and makes referrals for full-time, summer, and part-time jobs. Students are encouraged to visit the Career Services and Placement Office to keep up to date on opportunity availability.
Prospective graduates are urged to register with the Placement Office one semester prior to graduation in order to take full advantage of job interview opportunities. Once a student is registered, an individual credential file is established, containing the students’ resume, references, and transcript. Alumni who seek job referral services are required to register with the Placement Office annually and submit an updated resume and references.
Beginning with the Fall 2020 semester, Concord University and the Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce will partner in an effort to help Concord students find placements for internship opportunities that are customized to the needs of employers affiliated with the Chamber.
These internships will be meaningful experiences where students learn the everyday language and operational procedures of the business or organization. Students will be paid during the experience by employers who will gain assistance in fulfilling their responsibilities to their customers while Concord students will be afforded the chance to showcase their education and skills. Students will also provide valuable services to those same customers while experiencing a real-world learning environment.
This initiative underscores Concord’s pledge to provide quality employment opportunities to its Graduates. It is another step in a series of directives aimed at ensuring students achieve career path success. Students and employers alike will benefit from the experience which will eventually spill over into the customer-service sector of the businesses affiliated with the Chamber.
The objective is guided by the mission of the Career Services office to carry out a campus-wide movement to stress the importance of securing a 4-year degree put forth to Concord faculty and staff by CU President, Dr. Kendra Boggess. Not only will students gain insight into different industries and how they work, they will learn how to navigate and overcome the obstacles associated with high-quality employment.
Concord University currently has interns in the fields of study ready to join your business:
Computer Information Systems
New River Community and Technical College
New River CTC is proud to participate in West Virginia’s Community and Technical College Systems Learn and Earn grant program. The Learn and Earn program is the leading workforce development, economic development, and educational partnership in the Mountain State. Learn and Earn connects employers with students through colleges, allowing students to take technical courses while gaining paid work experiences. The student pay is shared by the company and the college, and students receive at least $10 per hour to work in the field they are studying in.
1-year or 2-year degree programs
Co-op experience must pay no less than $10/hour
Employer gains a highly-qualified employee and a future skilled labor pool
Students earn valuable on-the-job training while attending school
50/50 employer & college matching reimbursement
Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College
Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College was established as an independently accredited, comprehensive community college on July 1, 1971, through the consolidation of two existing branches of Marshall University. These branches, located in Mingo and Logan Counties, had been in operation under Marshall’s direction since 1963 and provided the first two years of liberal arts and teacher education, as well as career programs in secretarial science and radiologic technology. In 1971 these two locations became the first two campuses of Southern when it became an independently accredited institution of higher education.
Southern’s career services is designed to provide assistance to students by identifying, evaluating, and implementing career plans, as well as provide employment information and job referral networking.
Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College Internship Opportunities
University of Charleston
University of Charleston Center for Career Development (CCD)
Because we believe that learning occurs both in and outside the classroom, the Center for Career Development provides career guidance, internship assistance and professional networking opportunities for students as they move through their academic programs.
The CCD staff works with faculty members, alumni, employers and community leaders to generate high-quality opportunities for students. In turn, the CCD is committed to making the community a more vibrant and prosperous area by enabling UC students to become involved with local employers and organizations.
CCD provides assistance and resources to students and alumni in all aspects of career preparation. We serve as the link between our students and employers. We also help to connect members of the community to the University in a variety of ways.
UC uses the Handshake career services management system to maintain internship and job postings for students. There are over 500,000 companies that utilize Handshake, which means there are jobs in every industry all over the world that are available to explore.
University of Charleston Internship Opportunities
Employers are constantly looking for the same training and skills provided at Valley College
Job Placement Assistance – The Valley Difference
Valley College dedicated Career Services professionals work with students one-on-one to make sure they have the resources and support it takes to compete. We are a career-focused school and aim to provide students with enough support to feel well-prepared to enter the workforce upon graduation.
The Valley College Career Services Office provides students with a centralized service to assist them in their employment search.* Career Services Advisors meet with students during their program and are available to answer questions and assist students/graduates during their job search. Career development is an ongoing process that occurs throughout the student’s tenure.
Valley College graduates enter the professional world with confidence, fully prepared to make a smooth transition from student to working professional. We know this is why local employers keep coming back to Valley College to staff their businesses.
West Virginia University Institute of Technology
Golden Bears make great employees!
FOR EMPLOYERS –
Golden Bears make outstanding employees and Career Services wants to connect you with talented students from WVU Tech’s 30+ degree programs .
Career Services makes recruiting at WVU Tech as easy and effective as possible by assisting employers with recruitment strategies and helping to build your presence on campus. Career Services can assist you with conducting on-campus interviews, attending career fairs, developing relationships with WVU Tech faculty and posting internship/co-op and full-time employment opportunities. If you want to discuss a new recruiting strategy or try program that we don’t currently offer, just let us know.
Post Jobs and Internships – Join Handshake
Attend a Fall 2020 Career Fair – Career Services Event
Schedule a Visit to Campus
Contact Career Services at 304.929.1247 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss a possible recruiting date. A two-week notice is greatly appreciated, this provides time for Career Services to promote your visit to academic departments, faculty and students.
Program Business Participants
Thank you for our participating businesses:
ACE Adventure Resort
Adventures on the Gorge
Beckley Sanitary Board
CPR Cell Phone Repair
Pace Analytical Service