JobBRIEF March 2017ι Vol. 8 Issue 2
Our Vision - "A world-class competitive workforce for Southeast Texas."
Employers and Students Benefit through Internship Opportunities
Work experience in a business in the local community is looked upon as a ‘dream opportunity’ for many students as they plan their future education and career path. The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), including its 28 local workforce boards, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and the Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) announced the “Texas Internship Challenge” to promote and increase the availability of internships for students in Texas. The initiative is supported by state educators and several large employers including Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Texas, Accenture, and Doctor’s Hospital at Renaissance.

Internships have proven to be effective in helping students build needed workplace skills and prepare students for the real world of work, according to comments by TWC Employer Commission Ruth Hughes. Several published business commentaries point to a major benefit of internship programs for employers – finding future employees.

The agency partners for the Texas Internship Challenge encourages employers and businesses to consider initiating an internship program to help students experience high demand occupations as part of highlighting a career path in their local communities. Employers can post internship positions directly to the new portal at

The site is available now and can be accessed by employers, students, parents, and educators.
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