Area colleges edge closer to goal of 20,000 internships by 2020

In this February 2017 photo, high School students Malik Young, left, and Jace Moore listen as Steve Newell critiques their resume Thursday during Internship Day at the Career Cennect Center. Bill Lackey/Staff
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In this February 2017 photo, high School students Malik Young, left, and Jace Moore listen as Steve Newell critiques their resume Thursday during Internship Day at the Career Cennect Center. Bill Lackey/Staff

Several Dayton area colleges are offering substantially more internships than they were six years ago, a new report shows.

The Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education announced this week that it is inching closer to its goal of increasing the number of internships in the region to 20,000 by the year 2020.

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SOCHE launched the initiative, called 20by20, six years ago and the number of internships has already increased by around 46 percent.

The Dayton region has gone from offering around 11,066 internships in 2012 to around 16,187 today, according to SOCHE. That number is up by more than 1,000 almost a year ago and means SOCHE is just over 3,800 away from reaching its goal.

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SOCHE’s member colleges, which include local schools such as Wright State University, the University of Dayton and Central State University, among others, represents around 200,000 students, according to the organization.

“We’re proud of the gains made locally and hope local employers and colleges and universities are equally proud of their progress,” said Sean Creighton, president of SOCHE. “As we go into our seventh year of the 20by20 challenge, we will need to continue to strengthen and evolve the partnership between the private sector and higher education.”

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