New Student Internship Opportunites
Left to right: Mike Lantz, managing supervisor of Cooper Enterprises; Tracy Bond, intership program coordinator; and Brian Kurtz and Thomas Boggs, both OSU-M interns, tour Cooper Enterprises
Tracy Bond, OSU-M and NCSC Internship Coordinator, is an ally for employers interested in growing talent locally and keeping enterprising college graduates in north central Ohio.
A new program offered through North Central State College and The Ohio State University at Mansfield is the Mansfield Campus Business & Industry Internship Program. The joint effort was launched this summer with 34 placements involving student interns employed in non-profit agencies and for-profit businesses. Seed funding for the program was made available through the But for Ohio State fundraising campaign with additional funding anticipated through North Central’s fundraising efforts. Start-up funding for the program also comes from a grant through Ohio’s JobReady program, a joint effort of North Central State College, The Ohio State University and Columbus State Community College. The grant program creates nearly 200 paid internships with more than 80 employers participating statewide. Locally, employers such as The Gorman Rupp Company, Cooper Enterprises, FirstEnergy, CenturyLink, Jay Industries, Newman Technology, Mechanics Bank and Richland Bank are providing valuable hands-on, realworld experience for area students.
“My engineering internship allowed me to gain valuable experience and helped jump start my career,” states Steve Haverdick, NCSC Mechanical Engineering Technology alum who has interned at Gorman Rupp and Stoneridge. “Early on at North Central State College, I was unsure of my career track within the engineering field. By completing two Co-ops, I was able to get hands-on experience working with engineering projects and now know what to expect after I graduate and what line of work I want to work with in engineering.”
Observes Monty Friebel, president of Cooper Enterprises, “I try to look at internships from the student perspective. How can they get a meaningful benefit from this? We had to create a win-win solution and I think we were successful in creating it this summer.”