What is a Work-and-Learn Experience?
A work-and-learn experience is an opportunity for an Ivy Tech student to gain real-world experience with an employer, usually before graduation. Examples include internships, micro-internships, apprenticeships, practicums/clinicals, and on-the-job training.
These experiences are important for students to understand the world of work and its future opportunities.
As an employer, work-and-learn experiences allow you to make connections with future employees early and help set your company apart in today’s competitive employment market.
INTERNSHIPS ARE POWERFUL INFLUENCERS
When two equally qualified candidates are competing for a job opening, employers give the edge to the candidate who has completed a relevant internship:
4.5 out of 5 — the level of influence that a prior internship with their company has on a hiring manager
4.3 out of 5 — the amount of influence having any internship in the industry has on a hiring manager
Source: NACE Job Outlook 2023, October. Rating of 4 = much influence, 5 = extreme influence.
FEATURED EMPLOYER PARTNERS
“For those participants wanting to choose a career in the workforce immediately after graduation, an internship is a great opportunity to experience this career choice. As the employer, it provides an opportunity to engage with the intern to determine longevity and compatibility with our company and its values.”
–Belden Inc. | Manufacturing in Richmond, IN
“The #1 benefit of utilizing interns is the ability to train and provide hands-on experience to students. The single most valued employability skill for our interns is communication.”
–Butler MacDonald | Recycling (Plastics) in Indianapolis
“We hire Ivy Tech interns to provide hands-on experience to students.”
–B&G Foods | Food Manufacturing in Terre Haute
Any kind of business! Whether you are a small business, a start-up, or an enterprise-level company, Ivy Tech welcomes the opportunity to partner with you in determining how best to connect you with students who align with your needs.
Our dedicated team of local Talent Connection Managers—part of our innovative Ivy+ Career Link team—works directly with employers to develop work-and-learn experiences and then markets them to students most closely matching your skill requirements.
Work-and-Learn Terms and Definitions for Employers
Below are the four phases of talent pipeline development for employers and the goals of each stage:
- Career Awareness (what is your field) – Inform students about your industry: Build awareness of the variety of careers available and the role of post-secondary education; broaden student options.
- Career Exploration (who are you and what do you do) – Inform students about your company and available opportunities: Explain career options for the purpose of motivating students and informing their decision-making.
- Career Preparation (how do you work) – Provide students learning options: Invite research and learning that develops skills necessary for success in your workplace and for future careers.
- Career Experience (what are your projects or departments needing support) – Provide students with hands-on experiential learning: Provide meaningful project work rooted in a real-world context, with an emphasis on employability skill development and evaluation methodology.
HIREIVY QUICKSTART GUIDE
1. Create your Account
Creating your free account is easy. Visit IvyTech.edu/HireIvy/Employers, then click on "Sign Up and Post a Job." Accounts and job postings require Ivy Tech approval; this usually takes 24-48 hours, so consider posting your jobs or internships at the same time you create your account to fast-track your reach to students and alumni.
2. Post Your Job or Internship
HireIvy allows you to post full-time, part-time, temporary, and volunteer jobs, as well as work-and-learn opportunities like internships. Click on "Postings and Applicants" on the left menu. You can also access several popular services through this menu.
If you only want to post on HireIvy, click "This School Only." The other option will redirect you to Symplicity Recruit, a fee-based service.
3. Get Engaged With Students Early and Often
Once your account has been approved, you can register for upcoming career fairs and request additional engagement sessions such as:
- Jobsite tours
- Job shadows
- Informational interviews
- Mock interviews
- Panel Q+A
4. Take Advantage of Additional Benefits
HireIvy offers value-added resources and tools to help you grow your talent pipeline, such as:
- Resource toolkit
- Internships and work-and-learn management
- Access to view opt-in resume book from students currently looking for internship or job opportunities
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Last Thursday in July
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