The University of Toledo and city of Toledo are expanding an internship program to allow all students the opportunity to earn valuable experience working in city offices and provide local government with additional talent to serve the community.
The Toledo Talent Keeps Toledo Great program was announced by UT President Sharon L. Gaber and Toledo Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson Aug. 1 in the Center for Experiential Learning and Career Services on Main Campus.
“Internships are critical for our students to learn how to apply what they learn in the classroom and gain experience working in their field of study so that they are better prepared for career success upon graduation,” Gaber said. “Students who have interned with the city have gone on to do great things, and we are excited to expand this program to allow more students from across campus to benefit from these experiences.”
“We’ve had excellent results with the caliber of University of Toledo interns,” Hicks-Hudson said. “Our workforce is strengthened as interns perform meaningful work, and the program enhances our ability to hire select graduates because relationships have already developed.”
Toledo Talent Keeps Toledo Great builds upon an existing summer research program that began in 2007 that has placed students in the city’s finance, neighborhoods, plan commission, law, parks, human resources, community relations, fleet and facility, youth commission and health departments. More internship opportunities now will be available throughout the year in even more city departments and divisions.
The program is open to all UT undergraduate students in good academic standing who are interested in spending a semester gaining practical knowledge, skills and abilities in a professional work environment. The University will assist students with their resumés, cover letters and applications to be able to take advantage of this opportunity.
The city of Toledo will identify internship opportunities in areas throughout the local government where students can provide valuable assistance serving the citizens of Toledo. Students will be matched with internships according to their major, skills and interests.
The interns will work up to 20 hours per week during the academic year and up to 30 hours per week in the summer, and students in many degree programs will have the option to earn course credit for the experience.