Northeast plans internship program

Northeast logoBy Lena Mitchell

Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

CORINTH – Northeast Mississippi Community College is fleshing out the details of its partnership with Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi in Blue Springs – the TIGER Internship Program.

Northeast program developers completed visits to the five counties the college serves on Wednesday in Corinth. They have held sessions in New Albany, Booneville, Ripley and Iuka, bringing together business and industry representatives who might provide work experience internships to their students.

“This concept has slowly but surely changed as we’ve received feedback,” Dean Rilla Jones said, inviting participants to offer feedback that can be incorporated into the program’s design.

As the program is implemented, Northeast faculty who supervise the student interns will have to work closely with supervisors at the work sites to be sure both the employer and the student get the most from the experience, said Nadara Cole, vice president of Workforce Training and Economic Development.

“We’ll be assessing students carefully for participation in the internship program,” Cole said. “We expect it to be a very competitive process.”

Businesses at the Corinth introductory program were Vonachen Services Inc., specializing in janitorial and recycling for large industry; Kimberly-Clark, manufacturers of paper based products; Caraustar Industries, manufacturers of recyclable paper products; and Hamilton-Ryker, which provides employees to business and industry.

Despite the work that already has gone into designing the program, both Jones and Cole said employer feedback has been invaluable in fine-tuning the program. They expect to be able to place interns during the fall 2014 semester and invite employers to contact who are interested in having an intern.

lena.mitchell@journalinc.com