Nothing can replace hands-on experience. When companies work with prospective employees they have the chance to directly interact with individuals, improve their skills and determine if there is a long-term fit. Interns and apprentices are able to practice skills, learn from mentors and advance their careers.
The Milwaukee Area College Internship Consortium (MACIC) was established in 2000 to educate employers on internship best practices and encourage the development of internship opportunities in the Milwaukee area. Resources for employers interested in taking on student interns include an employer toolkit: Starting and Maintaining a Quality Internship Program.
MACIC hosts an annual “Celebrate Internships” Employer Appreciation Event.
Employers looking for interns can post opportunities:
- To all University of Wisconsin system schools/students
- To all Wisconsin Private Colleges Career Consortium schools/students
- To all students at Wisconsin’s 16 Technical Colleges
To access high school students seeking internship opportunities, build an employer profile on Inspire Southeast Wisconsin!
Wisconsin’s Youth Apprenticeship program is a part of a statewide School-to-Work initiative. It is designed for high school students who want hands on learning in an occupational area at a worksite along with classroom instruction.
This one or two year elective program combines academic and technical instruction with mentored on-the-job learning.
Wisconsin’s Department of Workforce Development
Apprentices work and train from day one, which helps employers address two problems at once: the current shortage of skilled workers and the ongoing need for a highly skilled workforce.
- Apprentice training is a perfect blend of training coupled with work and productivity.
- Apprenticeships allows you to tailor you employee training to fit your specific needs:
- In your facility, on your equipment, in your environment, to your culture, meeting your standards and goals.
- Apprenticeship provides you an internal career ladder and is a mechanism to promote your currently unskilled workers.