SUNY, The Business Council of New York State, & Accenture Launch “InternShop” Database for Students & Employers

January 11, 2016

SUNY Students Offered Exclusive Access Through Spring 2016 Semester

Albany – State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher, The Business Council of New York State, Inc. (TBC) President and CEO Heather C. Briccetti Esq., and Accenture, a leading global professional services company, today announced the launch of InternShop, a cutting-edge database that matches employers with prospective student interns who meet their expressed criteria.

The database will be used exclusively by SUNY students and TBC member companies through the Spring 2016 semester and then expanded to TBC member colleges and universities state-wide. It includes a mobile site and is available for immediate use at www.suny.edu/internshop.

“We know that there is simply no better way to learn than by doing, which is why SUNY is committed to offering every student an applied learning opportunity as part of our completion agenda,” said Chancellor Zimpher. “Student internships are often recalled as the most valuable college experiences. Students are more engaged with the curriculum, likely to graduate on-time, and they acquire hands-on workforce experience that ensures them a competitive edge in today’s job market. After looking for precisely the right solution together with the Business Council in recent years, we are thrilled to be launching InternShop today.”

“We are tremendously excited to announce the launch of InternShop. This interface is the product of months of hard work by Accenture, SUNY, and the team at The Business Council,” said Heather C. Briccetti, president and CEO of The Business Council of New York State, Inc. “This proprietary software takes the guesswork and legwork out of finding and hiring college interns. No longer will companies have to sift through large stacks of resumes with the hopes of finding that one perfect fit. And no longer will students have to worry about landing an internship that doesn’t meet their needs or expectations.”

“In today's increasingly competitive workforce, students recognize the importance of having hands-on work experience in their field of interest prior to graduation," said Thomas Mastro, president of the SUNY Student Assembly. “InternShop makes it easier for SUNY students and alumni to explore new internship opportunities that they may not have otherwise considered. This resource will prove invaluable when students graduate and look to enter their careers. We appreciate the efforts of SUNY and the Business Council of New York State in making this exciting new tool available to college students.”

"Accenture is proud to help launch this program, which is designed to not only connect SUNY students with entry level positions, but also create stronger connections between SUNY students and New York business opportunities before they graduate," said John Cavaliero, who leads Accenture's public sector work in New York. "We believe this program will help further careers for students and foster opportunities for employers to find and retain local talent."

The creation of InternShop is a direct result of an historic SUNY alliance with the The New York State Business Council that will incorporate all 64 campuses as members of the organization and entitle them to member benefits. The launch of this tool supports the SUNY Completion Agenda, which aims to boost the number of degrees it awards annually from 93,000 to 150,000 by bringing evidence-based programs like applied learning to scale.

About Applied Learning at SUNY

Applied learning opportunities provided to SUNY students include hands-on experiences that teach them new skills and prepare students for careers in their field, including:

  • SUNY Works – internships, clinical placements, in which more than 20,000 SUNY students are already enrolled; and cooperative education programs (“co-ops”), in which SUNY faculty and area employers have jointly developed curricula that integrate classroom instruction and on-the-job experience. Approximately 1,740 students are currently enrolled in co-ops across SUNY.
  • SUNY Serves – service-learning, community service, civic engagement and volunteerism. More than 30,000 SUNY students are currently engaged in formal service-learning programs for which they earn college credit, while tens of thousands more participate in community service and volunteer locally, nationally and around the globe.
  • SUNY Discovers – study abroad, student research, entrepreneurial ventures and field study. While SUNY research has a proud history of breakthrough discoveries, inventions and startups, our increased focus on applied learning has led to an unprecedented level of collaboration between SUNY students, faculty and industry experts to enable commercialization of the best ideas and innovations born at our campuses 

About The Business Council of New York State, Inc.

The Business Council of New York State, Inc., is the leading business organization in New York State, representing the interests of large and small firms throughout the state. Its membership consists of thousands of New York State businesses, including some of the largest companies in the state, as well as local chambers of commerce and trade associations. For more information, visit: http://www.bcnys.org/

About Accenture

Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology, and operations. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions—underpinned by the world’s largest delivery network—Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders. With approximately 373,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives. Visit us at www.accenture.com.

About the State University of New York
The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive system of higher education in the United States, with 64 college and university campuses located within 30 miles of every home, school and business in the state. In 2015–16, SUNY served nearly 1.3 million students, including nearly 600,000 in credit-bearing courses and programs and more than 700,000 through continuing education and community outreach programs. SUNY students and faculty across the state make significant contributions to research and discovery, resulting in nearly $1 billion of externally sponsored activity each year. There are 3 million SUNY alumni worldwide, and one in three New Yorkers with a college degree is a SUNY alum. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunity, visit www.suny.edu.


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