ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — An online portal that college and university students can use to search for internship opportunities will be created under a new joint initiative between the state Department of Workforce Solutions and the Higher Education Department, Gov. Susana Martinez announced Tuesday.
The governor made the announcement at a news conference at the Central New Mexico Community College main campus in Albuquerque, along with Workforce Solutions Cabinet Secretary Celina Bussey and Higher Education Secretary Barbara Damron.
“Internships are extremely important,” Damron said. “The difference these opportunities can make in our students’ professional development is huge. That’s why we have to do everything we can to make sure that our students have these opportunities available to them.”
The governor said the “Students Work” portal will offer a free online resource on opportunities to gain real life work experience and to discover what kind of jobs really interest students before they complete their higher education. The portal also will give businesses a place to publicize their needs and contact students who are interested in what they have to offer.
“Internships are a win-win for businesses and students,” Martinez said.
The governor is also proposing a new full-time position within the Workforce Solutions Department that will be a liaison to the business community to promote what the portal has to offer.
“Today’s students are tomorrow’s employees,” the governor said, “Now more than ever, we must keep building a skilled and a talented workforce as we continue to grow and diversify our economy.”
Bussey said her department has already been working on linking students and businesses through its Mission Graduate initiative.
She said cost details for creation of the portal and the new position are still being worked out, but she expects to have “something up and running” by early next year.