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Scott Walker, Governor
Raymond Allen, Secretary

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Tuesday, November 1, 2016
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Lt. Governor Kleefisch, DWD and UW Officials Hold Internship Strategies Workshop at Madison College

Talent development, education and local business leaders provide valuable input that will help guide the Internship Coordination program

MADISON – Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch joined Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Assistant Deputy Secretary Dave Anderson joined officials from the UW System, Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (WAICU), Madison College and area employers at the fifth Workforce Alignment – Internship Strategies Workshop to highlight the state's Internship Coordination Program. The workshop brought together officials from state talent development and education groups together with Wisconsin employers to help share best practices and guide the implementation of the program.

"As I travel the state, I hear from numerous employers that they have open positions to fill, but have a hard time finding skilled talent," Lt. Governor Kleefisch said. "We know that students who intern with a Wisconsin company are more likely to stay in Wisconsin after graduation, and Governor Walker's Internship Coordination Program will provide employers with a pool of potential interns and best practices for implementing yet another talent development program that will help them build their own customizable pipeline for skilled talent to fill current and future openings."

Governor Scott Walker signed Assembly Bill 742 into law in March 2016, creating the Internship Coordination Program. Under the program, two full-time positions were established at DWD dedicated to connecting students with state businesses for internship opportunities and promoting internships as another potential solution to employer's demand for skilled talent.

"Internships allow a student to demonstrate their skills to potential employers, expand their professional network prior to graduation and build their resume prior to graduation," Assistant Deputy Secretary Anderson said. "With Wisconsin's unemployment rate at 4.1 percent, and labor force participation rate outpacing the national rate, Wisconsin students are entering an ultra-competitive job market, and internships will allow them to stand out to employers."

Internships not only prove valuable to the student, but also employers. Employers who utilize internship programs as part of their business model are able to observe potential job candidates prior to hire while customizing the intern's skills to meet their unique workforce needs.

To register for an upcoming workshop, please visit http://wisconsinfastforward.com/waw_registration.asp