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Internship luncheon 2019 

Alicia Camak works with 400 students a semester. As internship coordinator for the Ohio State University Mansfield and North Central State College, she wants the students she advises to take advantage of every opportunity. Including internships. 

Much like finding a job, the internship search process can seem overwhelming and impossible. Recently, Camak’s been advising her students to use Community Opportunity to narrow their job search this summer. She’s also asking for more employers to embrace the new job board.

“We've just been encouraging each and every employer to post their internships on the Community Opportunity site so that they get more exposure,” Camak said. “Because not only is it exposure to (OSU Mansfield) and NCSC students. It's those students who may be coming home for the summer who may be from Richland County. 

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Although in-person job fairs were practically non-existent in 2020, students can look forward to attending many in the fall. 

“This would give employers more of a wide exposure to more candidates who are either at OSU Mansfield or NCSC, or those who are just coming back to the area,” Camak continued.  

Using Community Opportunity, students have access to many local internships in Richland County as well as Crawford and Wyandot counties.

“The platform is free to use, so that is one big advantage,” Camak said. “Sometimes with those other sites employers may be charged to post opportunities, but this one is free. So I say there's no reason that they shouldn't post their opportunities.”

 The Richland County Foundation, in collaboration with OSU Mansfield and NCSC, is currently approving internships that will be funded through the Foundation this summer. 

Richland County Foundation president Brady Groves sees Community Opportunity as a great investment.

“It provides experience for those folks that are in college that either live in the area or are home for the summer and looking for something to really build upon their educational experience,” Groves said. “And then secondly, it gives the nonprofit a talent base to be able to expand their programming or look at different opportunities within the organization that they might not be able to because of lack of staff.” 

In addition, Community Opportunity also allows the employer to craft meaningful internship engagement with the students. Groves gave many compliments to Clint Knight, director of Workforce Development for the Richland County Area Chamber of Commerce, for his work on getting Richland County jobs available on the site. 

“Internships aren't always easy as far as creating a supervisor or mentor goes, or putting together a job description,” Groves said. “I think what Clint offers as part of Community Opportunity is that service for employers to be able to craft a meaningful job.” 

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Job recruiters are just as eager to meet with students and give them internship opportunities. 

Due to the pandemic, not many students have attended virtual events and career fairs in the past year. This fall, as students move back to in-person learning, Camak thinks it’ll be easier to engage with them about career opportunities. 

“The registration for the site only takes about five minutes, but it's a matter of trying to get students engaged in the platform. So we're just kind of in the beginning stages,” Camak said. 

If you’re a student or anyone seeking current employment opportunities or resources, check out Community Opportunity today. If you’re an employer who is seeking to connect with high school and college students or graduates for Summer, Full Time, and general career opportunities, register for free for the Job Fair, Student Edition on May 6 from 1-4 p.m. at the Mid-Ohio Conference Center.

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Tierra Thomas is the Thrive Reporter for Richland Source and Content Specialist for Source Brand Solutions. She graduated from Kent State University with a degree in Journalism. When she's not writing news, she's writing fiction or taking photos.