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Internship search assistance available

We are receiving summer internship and job announcements in the Career Services office. But there are many, many more internships and summer jobs out there.

Make an appointment with the career counselor for assistance with your summer job/internship search. Deadlines for the competitive internships do tend to be quite early (Jan-March). Apply soon.

Call 236-1605, or stop by in Student Development, to make an appointment.

Youth Entrepreneurial Apprenticeship/BCC South

Schumacher Center and BerkShares will be partnering with Railroad Street Youth Project and Berkshire Community College’s South County Center to offer an Entrepreneurial Apprenticeship to South County youth ages 14-25 this winter. Berkshire Community College’s South County Center will host the eight-week long course in one of its state-of-the-art classrooms starting January 20th.

As many of us know, the Berkshire region’s economy has undergone a transformation over the last generation and more. What had been an economy grounded in manufacturing now tends towards the service sector. A combination of low-wage jobs and high housing costs has made it especially difficult to retain the area’s youth. The County’s population is declining and the median age of Berkshire residents is now 45.

At the same time, however, Berkshire County has a thriving independent business community with many examples of successful small or medium-sized businesses and many experienced business people. The Berkshires also have an abundance of renewable natural resources — hardwood forests, rivers and agriculture — all of which can provide energy and inputs to make the things people need and want. The Entrepreneurial Apprenticeship will focus on the following question: “What kind of businesses can young people start in the Berkshires by harnessing the available human and natural resources in a sustainable way?” The course will emphasize opportunities for import replacement in the essential areas of food, clothing, energy, transportation and shelter.

Throughout the course guest speakers from the local business community will offer stories from their own experience as inspiration to the budding entrepreneurs participating in the program. Other local business experts will present on particular subjects, such as marketing and bookkeeping. Yet others will serve as mentors to the participants as they develop their business ideas.

By offering training for entrepreneurship, this business-planning course will dovetail with R.S.Y.P.’s existing Apprenticeship programs, which offer high school students real-world experience in a number of different fields. The course will culminate in March with a public presentation of business plans where each participant will be awarded 200 BerkShares.

If you or someone you know is interested in participating please contact Jocelyn Vassos at R.S.Y.P. by email or at 413.528.2475 ext. 905 before January 16th.

Career Cafe

Jade Roy stands next to her work, mixed media on paper, created for the Career Cafe.

On May 9, 2013, from 4-7 p.m., the work of visual arts students from Berkshire Community College were the focus of a year-end celebration in the Koussevitsky Arts Center.  A part of that celebration also took place in the Susan B. Anthony building, where visitors saw the work that seven students created for the BCC Career Center’s Career Cafe. 

The seven pieces depict people engaged in various types of work, including serving food, making music, and framing up a wall.  Their professor and director of the department, Lisa Griffith, gave the assignment, and they set to work investigating various periods, styles and approaches, including art deco and early labor movement posters.  Then they created their own.  The results are visually strong and direct depictions of people at work. The students have donated their work to the Career Center.

The Career Café is a new program of the Career Center, where workshops and other small group work-related discussions take place.  For more information, call 413-236-1611, or 236-1605.

Link to Science and Engineering Internships

http:/blogs.asee.org/fellowships/internships/

 

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