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Greater Rochester Chamber Launches Innovative Micro-Internship Program in Collaboration with Parker Dewey

October 3, 2023

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Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce is thrilled to introduce an innovative approach that brings our local business community closer to highly motivated students and recent graduates through short-term, paid professional projects. This groundbreaking initiative, developed in partnership with Parker Dewey, will redefine the way businesses and emerging talent engage in meaningful work experiences.

Micro-internships are designed to bridge the gap between academic learning and real-world application. By offering students the opportunity to work on short-term, remote professional projects, micro-internships allow them to build practical skills while accommodating the demands of their busy schedules.

Key highlights of Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce’s partnership with Parker Dewey’s Micro-internship Program include:

  1. Connecting Business with Talent: This initiative opens new doors for local businesses to connect with a diverse pool of highly motivated students and recent graduates eager to contribute to meaningful projects.
  2. Flexible Work Arrangements: Micro-internships typically range from 10 to 40 hours of remote or on-site work, providing flexibility that aligns perfectly with the busy lives of students.
  3. Paid Opportunities: Unlike many traditional internships, these micro-internships are paid, ensuring that students receive compensation for their valuable contributions.
  4. Skill Development: Students gain hands-on experience in a real-world business setting, honing their skills and building their resumes.

Julia Pagano, Talent Strategy Manager for Greater Rochester Chamber's CampusROC program, shared her enthusiasm for the program, stating, “This Micro-Internship program is a win-win for our local business community and students alike. It enables businesses to access top-notch talent while providing students with practical experience and compensation. We believe this initiative will be a game-changer for connecting even more top talent  from local colleges and universities to our region’s employers.”

Join us on Wednesday, October 25, 2023 from 11:00-11:30 AM for an informative webinar with Greater Rochester Chamber and Parker Dewey representatives. The session will include an overview on how micro-internships work, information on how these short-term projects create equitable access to professional careers, and ready-to-go sample projects available to all participants so you can customize and get started right away. Click here to register!


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