The Oneida County College Corps Internship Program has placed 190 students with 47 employers this year, the county announced today.
The program, begun in 1998, places college students from across Oneida County at participating employers with interns’ pay split evenly between the county and employers. Interns may work up to 200 hours during the program.
The program had 116 interns at 40 employers in 2017 and 170 at 40 locations in 2018. The interns this year come from 30 different municipalities and attend more than 50 different colleges, according to the county.
The county announced the participation figures at the downtown-Utica offices of Black River Systems, where company president Jeff Brandstadt credited the program with introducing student engineers to their careers, his company and the local area. Many interns have gone on to join the company, he said.
Black River designs, develops, deploys and analyzes radar, infrared, acoustic, and electronic warfare sensing systems, according to its website. Participating employers include private-sector companies, government and not-for-profit organizations, including in recent years the city of Rome and city of Sherrill, PAR Government of Rome, the Kelberman Center, Upstate Cerebral Palsy and various county government departments.
“Employers are able to host the future of our workforce in a cost-effective manner,” said Oneida County Workforce Development Director David Mathis. “Together we make our organizations and our workforce better for generations to come.”
County Executive Anthony Picente Jr. said the program helps show college students what jobs are available in Oneida County.
“Giving these bright young minds the chance to work at high-tech firms such as Black River Systems, not only gives them invaluable experience as they ready their career paths, but also provides them the possibility to stay here in our area and make a prosperous life for themselves,” Picente said.