Fresno State business students looking for internships in the Valley

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) – If you are a Valley company interested in hiring a student intern, Fresno State wants to hear from you.

The college is looking for business-savvy interns for jobs across the Valley, but in the midst of COVID-19, it’s no easy task.

The Craig School of Business in Fresno State typically places over 100 students per semester on local internships. However, amid the pandemic, many companies have scaled back or even cut back on their internship programs.

Now the school is getting creative and making it easy and accessible for Valley companies to hire their students.

Fresno State business student Samantha Quintanilla said she wasn’t sure she could find a college internship amid the pandemic.

“I was concerned that some would not accept interns because of the restrictions,” Quintanilla said.

Thanks to the university’s online job board Hire Fresno State, she has completed two internships here in central California.

“I learned the why,” added Quintanilla. “Why I’m taking this step, how could the advice I give my clients help them succeed.”

Internships are a crucial part of the college experience, and Fresno State is working hard to keep them alive amid the pandemic

“It’s been a little more difficult because of the COVID restrictions,” said Micheala Ford, Director of Student Experiences. “Some employers haven’t had the opportunity to open their doors and hire new employees who aren’t already on their staff.”

This semester, they hope to place dozens of qualified business students from Fresno State on internships across the Valley.

“Finance, marketing, information systems, data analysis, we have almost every business opportunity for students who are still looking for jobs,” said Ford.

Internships can be paid or unpaid and give students like Samantha valuable work experience before she even enters the workforce.

“I wasn’t nervous about graduating anymore,” Quintanilla explained. “I had a sense of what I was getting into after graduation and I’m actually excited.”

Valley companies looking for interns have until January 28 to register on the Hire Fresno State job board.

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