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Work Experience Internships: Employer Resources

Employers have access to over 70,000 students in the Sacramento region through our Work Experience Internship Program. We are proud of the long-standing partnerships we have fostered with local businesses through the program – and we hope you will join us!

Benefits for Employers

"The people that we hire are typically interns. They know how we do things. They are reliable. They are the ones most capable of taking on a paid job without having to spend months on additional training."

— Gary Martin, Executive Director of Access Sacramento and 7-year provider of WEXP internships

Interns provide a host of benefits to employers, including:

  • Allowing employers to discover and nurture new talent
  • Creating productivity surges by getting simple, short-term tasks done
  • Allowing you to recruit, train, and evaluate future employees on your equipment and processes
  • Providing an opportunity for current employees to practice management skills
  • Gaining insight into new and emerging trends from a younger generation
  • Increasing retention, since most interns who are hired full-time choose to work long-term with their employer
  • Promoting closer ties between your organization and the community

How to Set up an Internship

Handshake Resources

The Handshake support website has many useful articles and resources, including the following:

Handshake Support for Employers

Best Practices for Employers

  • Build a complete company profile with interesting facts that make your workplace stand out and attract candidates.
  • Make your job posting as dynamic as the job: your job description is the main hook for students. Include specific skills, responsibilities, minimum and preferred qualifications, and personal or professional growth opportunities in your description to attract more applicants.
  • When posting a job that allows remote workers, include verbiage indicating this in your job description as well. Students can search for positions using keyword search.
  • While Handshake allows any student to apply for any job, students can see when they don't meet your preferred major qualifications, and that may deter some otherwise competitive candidates from applying. Expanding those qualifications may provide you with a greater pool of candidates and improve your overall recruiting experience with Handshake.
  • Avoid using "school year" and "graduation year" preferences/filters to increase your pool of candidates.