SA Works hosted the 2nd Annual Intern Graduation Celebration to recognize interns who participated in the 2016 Summer Jobs program. The event took place on August 8th at the Education Service Center – Region 20.
Over 250 guests attended the graduation to celebrate the summer interns including families, friends, educators, employers and elected officials.
“It is exciting to witness the talent and potential of these student participants who have been impacted by SA Works’ industry-led workforce and economic development model,” said Mayor Ivy R. Taylor. “We are proud to recognize the students who successfully completed their internships and the companies and entities that provided them opportunities for a summer of experiential learning.”
SA Works developed the Summer Jobs program to introduce high school and college students to experiential learning through the opportunity of working in demand industries, including information technology, financial services, healthcare, manufacturing, design and construction, logistics, communications, among others. Over 20 employers from the public, private and non-profit sectors offered paid internships to more than 140 students from across San Antonio and surrounding areas.
“Providing internship opportunities is not just about giving back to the community, just as importantly, it is a smart business practice,” said Peter J. Holt, Vice President and General Manager at HoltCat and chairman of the SA Works board of directors. “At HoltCat, safety is a key priority given our business and we have seen an increase in employee safety practices as a result of supervisors taking on these mentorship roles.”
The Summer Jobs program which began in early June included an orientation where students were provided tips on how to build their brand and ways to take full advantage of the internship while building their professional network.
“Bexar County participated in the Summer Jobs program by hosting 16 interns across 9 County departments,” said County Judge Nelson Wolff. “The program not only gave the interns an inside perspective on how government runs, but it helped our employees evaluate their own work through a different, youthful set of eyes.”
“Our goal is to facilitate opportunities for local students to learn through doing and for employers to see this as an opportunity to build their talent pipeline,” said Romanita Matta-Barrera, Executive Director at SA Works.”