Officials Launch New Collaborative Small Business Internship Initiative
Officials from government, business and higher education on May 7 announced a new internship initiative bringing together area college students with small businesses.
The collaborative program will provide a framework for local small businesses to offer more internship opportunities to area students by connecting the businesses with colleges and universities in Northeastern Pennsylvania. It will be first piloted with three downtown Scranton businesses with hopes of expanding the initiative to other areas in the future.
“The internship initiative is a natural outgrowth of our downtown engagement initiative, led by our Office of Community Relations, which has drawn thousands of students, parents, faculty and staff into downtown Scranton in new ways,” said Kevin P. Quinn, S.J., University president. “The internship initiative will encourage our students and those enrolled at our sister colleges and universities in Northeastern Pennsylvania to take advantage of all that downtown Scranton has to offer.”
The program was developed by several local organizations including The University of Scranton Small Business Development Center, The University’s Office of Community Relations, Lackawanna County Commissioners, Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, the city of Scranton and Scranton Tomorrow.