This semester, Lisa Skeffington ’11 is interning with the Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board on a program that helps local students secure paid internships in their areas of interest. The group was helping Skeffington search for a position in communications or marketing when just such a placement opened within the organization itself.
Through this fortunate turn of events, Skeffington has been able to work with what she says is a “great” organization. The internship program provides training to job-seekers and helps to match them with employers; it is part of a broader campaign to support the region’s economy and enrich the workforce. The program is open to students of Seneca, Yates, Wayne and Ontario counties, provided that they are between the ages of 16 and 24 and maintain a GPA of at least 75 percent.
“They help students get paid internships, which are hard to come by,” Skeffington explains. “I think it’s important to have experience in a field of interest to actually see if that’s what you want to pursue after graduation.”
A media and society major, Skeffington has been working on communication and outreach for the internship program. Her responsibilities include making informational brochures, updating the website, and keeping the group’s Facebook page current. She also attended a fair at Geneva High School to publicize the program to students there. The work, she says, has improved her communications skills, as well as helping her become more familiar with computer programs.
On campus, Skeffington works as a skating instructor for the beginning and intermediate figure skating class, which is offered through the Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation. In addition to her media and society major, she is minoring in both studio art and English, and hopes to work in advertising or design after graduation.