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Internship Program Helps Small Businesses Create Full-Time Jobs

August 28, 2013

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – An internship program is making it possible for a variety of small area businesses to succeed by hiring students from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and Del Mar College (DMC), creating jobs for the local economy.

The Small Business Internship Program has provided more than 240 internships to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi students since 2008. In addition, almost 50 full-time jobs have been created by the small businesses who have participated.  

“The Corpus Christi Business & Job Development Corporation identified a way to assist these small businesses by helping them offer competitive wages to attract highly-skilled interns,” said Terri Howe, Associate Director of Career Services at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. “The hope is that the interns would contribute so much to the business that the business would grow and be able to hire full-time employees.”   

The program helps small participating businesses pay for a portion of the higher wages in order to get students with highly-specialized skills to contribute to these local establishments.

Beverly Cage, Director of DMC’s Student Leadership and Campus Life Office who has overseen the College’s program participation over the past five years, added, “the true benefit or value of the internship program is the partnerships formed between our interns and the employers. Del Mar’s students are getting real-world experience while the small businesses involved have interns who are skilled and well-educated.”

Del Mar College has provided 348 internships leading to 75 full-time jobs since the program began. Thanks to the program, these students have been making a living wage while completing their studies. 

In December 2007, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Del Mar College were awarded more than $130,000 by the Corpus Christi Business & Job Development Corporation’s Type A Board through the City of Corpus Christi to create, develop, and maintain the Small Business Internship Program.  

Several businesses have sought skilled interns from both Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Del Mar College. Some local participants include Brinca!, Security Title, and Boomerang Social Media and Marketing.

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