Micro-Internships are short-term, paid, professional assignments that are similar to those given to new hires or interns. These projects enable Career Launchers to demonstrate skills, explore career paths, and build their networks as they seek the right full-time role. Unlike traditional internships, Micro-Internships can take place year-round, typically range from 5 to 40 hours of work, and are due between one week and one month after kick-off. Micro-Internships are used by companies ranging from those in the Fortune 100 to emerging start-ups, and go across departments including sales, marketing, technology, HR, and finance.
Micro-Internships are facilitated via the Parker Dewey platform, which connects Career Launchers with Companies in need of support.
The purpose of this program is to give students from all majors a chance to execute professional assignments in order to build and demonstrate skills while exploring a variety of career paths.
When you are launching your career, Micro-Internships provide a tremendous opportunity. Not only can you explore different career paths and work on interesting assignments, you can also demonstrate your abilities to potential employers while building your professional portfolio and network. Beyond that, your academic experience will improve as you apply what is taught in the classroom to the real world (and vice versa). Oh, did we forget to mention that you get paid for all of this?
Regardless of your role, industry, or organization size, students and alumni from McHenry County College can help. If you want to expand your recruiting pool to access diverse talent with 21st-century skills and the grit to succeed, Micro-Internships make it easy. If you want to improve the effectiveness of your hiring efforts and lower the costs (and risks) associated with onboarding, no problem. If you just need some immediate help on projects because you or your team is overloaded, we’ve got you covered.
Micro-Internships provide a new way for alumni to connect with current students. Give your time and expertise back to our community while showing students how their classroom experiences connect to careers.
Manufacturing Pathways is a Consortium composed of manufacturers, educators, and community partners, who are collaborating to secure a talent pipeline of highly-skilled manufacturing employees.
To do so, the Consortium raises awareness of career opportunities within the industry; connecting with educators, students, and parents, and debunking outdated myths about the industry.
Consortium members are working to identify technical and employability skill gaps, and develop solutions. Additionally, the consortium engages in collaborative hiring practices, and provides a pathway to employment for non-traditional talent.
Strategically located on the Illinois/Wisconsin border, McHenry County lies in the center of the Chicago, Milwaukee and Rockford business triangle provding the transportation, labor and utility benefits of the Chicagoland region. WIth a solid financial structure, abundant open land and move-in ready business parks, McHenry County boasts an educated and skilled workforce to serve vibrant, innovative and expanding industries.
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