ROXBURY, NJ - Morris County businesses will have the opportunity to learn how they can host an intern from the Morris County School of Technology at a virtual learning session scheduled for Oct. 23, at 8:30 a.m.

Internships are available in a variety of areas, including finance and international business, multimedia, design and computer and information sciences.

Internships can be paid or unpaid and can be onsite or remote. Internship periods should be for a minimum of 70 hours and no more than 120, with a maximum of 20 hours worked per week.

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Interns can begin as soon as early November and run until the early spring. Internship hours and periods can be customized to the hosting business.

Businesses interested in learning more about the benefits of hosting interns from the Morris County School of Technology and the parameters of the program should visit https://www.morrischamber.org/work-based-learning.html.

Business interested in registering should visit https://web.morrischamber.org/events/MCST-Intern-Program-Informational-Session-5369/details. Registrants will receive a Zoom link for the session.

High Hopes

At a time when half the U.S. workforce is composed of millennials, there are tangible benefits for businesses to host high school interns beyond the community-giving aspect of providing a teenager with real-life work experience. According to Doyle Group, a consulting and IT placement firm, 70 percent of hosting companies agreed that high school students who completed their internships programs were either “very likely” or “completely likely” to land a college internship with their company and 45 percent believed that high school internships had high possibilities to turn into a full-time job at their company.

According to Chegg Internships, the business advantages of hosting interns include: Finding future employees; giving small and medium-sized businesses a recruitment edge over larger, better known companies; cultivating a pool of interns to fill positions as they open up; low-cost or free labor; increasing productivity with interns trained in their field of internship; expanding diversity and perspective; applying the latest in technology with tech-savvy youth, including social media; and fostering leadership skills in current employees.

“We have seen first-hand the benefits from hosting interns from the Morris County School of technology,” said Meghan Hunscher, president of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. “These young people bring business-ready knowledge and skills in their fields of interest and deliver productivity to their host companies from day-one.”

Beth Rodgers, associate director of business services at the Morris-Sussex-Warren Workforce Development Board, which is co-hosting the event with the chamber and school, said,Every high school student should have the opportunity to explore the career of their choice and work with businesses that are passionate about increasing the employability of the next generation. This program also enables businesses to tap into students who are trained and prepared for the work they will be asked to perform.”

To read testimonials from businesses that have hosted interns from the school, visit https://www.mcvts.org/page/1720.