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August 22nd, 2011
San Marcos to host regional internship fair

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Pictured from left to right, front row to back, are Nathan Green, president of Campus 2 Careers; Curt Schafer, director of Texas State University’s Career Services; San Marcos Mayor Daniel Guerrero; San Marcos High School principal Michelle Darling; Jay Whitchurch, Campus 2 Careers chief executive officer; (back) San Marcos Area Chamber of Commerce President Brian Bondy; Lockhart Chamber of Commerce President Wayne Bock; Lockart Mayor Ray Sanders; San Marcos city council member Chris Jones; Buda Area Chamber of Commerce President Dick Schneider; Rosina Valle, director of Community Partnerships for San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District; and San Marcos CISD Superintendent Mark Eads. PHOTO by DON ANDERS.

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San Marcos will play host to a regional internship fair expected to attract employers from eight cities and chambers of commerce.

The event, administered through the InternshipInSanMarcos program, is expected to attract students from 22 schools along the Interstate 35 corridor.

InternshipInSanMarcos is intended to grant employers access to interns all year long by providing regional fairs in the fall, spring, and summer. The fair will be 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 28 at the San Marcos Activity Center, 501 E. Hopkins St.

“The InternInSanMarcos program is a win-win for cities, employers, and students,” said Curt Schafer, director of Texas State University Career Services department. “Interning for a local small business offers students greater exposure to the community, business owners, and skills they will need after they graduate.”

InternshipInSanMarcos is a regional collaboration intended to match high school and college students with business internships in the Greater San Marcos region. The program is intended to increase the number and quality of the area’s student internships.

“As the crossroads for Central Texas and home of one of the fastest-growing college in the state, San Marcos is excited to invite companies and students from Austin to San Antonio to connect through the InternInSanMarcos program,” said San Marcos Mayor Daniel Guerrero. “San Marcos is open for business, education, and now internships.”

InternInSanMarcos is sponsored by the Cities of San Marcos, Buda, Kyle, Schertz, Luling, and Lockhart, the San Marcos Area Chamber of Commerce, the Buda Area Chamber of Commerce, the Luling Chamber of Commerce, the Schertz Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Texas Association of Nonprofit Organizations, among others.

Guerrero called San Marcos council member Chris Jones, the deputy mayor pro tem, “the person who generated the ingenuity and the idea of the development of InternInSanMarcos.”

“This is truly a community activity,” Jones said. “Seeing the school district, seeing the chambers of commerce, seeing Texas State and the mayor’s office get behind something like this, really, I think, speaks to our future and where we’re going. Workforce development is something that San Marcos needs. Workforce development is something that Central Texas needs. And I think that this is really an opportunity for us to engage in that.”

InternInSanMarcos sponsors further describe the program as an economic development initiative for cities that will offer a unique, experienced-based learning opportunity for high schools and universities. The program offers a website with the tools and templates to create an effective, annual internship program. InternInSanMarcos is intended to provide the opportunity for students to develop workplace skills, build a community network, earn class credit and/or income, and strengthen resumes.

Scheduling is one of the barriers to successful internships due to the short window of time students can commit, said Brian Bondy, president of the Greater San Marcos Chamber of Commerce.

“With InternInSanMarcos, employers can count on energetic interns and high-quality resources to help them grow their business all year,” Bondy said. “This is a game-changer for small business and we are excited this program is starting in San Marcos.”

At an Aug. 15 press conference alongside Bondy, Schafer, and other leaders from city, education and business communities, Guerrero announced the program and said it will provide a big boost for workforce development, a key goal of public and private leaders in the the Greater San Marcos area.

“Today’s high school or college student is the next small business owner in Central Texas, and their internship experience is an invaluable part of their education,” Guerrero said.

Schafer said students with a relevant internship are twice as likely to be hired for a position and can earn as much as 10 percent more in their first job.

“We always recommend our students have internships to round-out their education, and with InternInSanMarcos we are helping Texas State and other schools’ students find them,” Schafer said.

More information and registration instructions may be found here. Information is also available in this video of the Mayor’s press conference.

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