VT, BEV link employers to students
By Catherine Doss
Spectrum Volume 20 Issue 28 - April 16, 1998
A joint project between Virginia Tech's Summer Sessions Office and the Blacksburg Electronic Village (BEV) links local and regional employers with students who are seeking summer jobs. The on-line Summer Job Bank contains a listing of paid, internship, and volunteer opportunities with both on- and off-campus employers.
"Many students say they want to attend summer sessions but have a hard time finding summer jobs or internships," said Lisa Warren, public-relations coordinator for the Office of Admissions and Summer Sessions. "Likewise, employers often have summer positions but don't know how to reach students efficiently and inexpensively. The Summer Job Bank is designed to meet both sets of needs."
Employers interested in advertising positions on the job bank can easily enter, modify, and delete their listings themselves. Students can search listings by type and reply directly to employers. The service is free of charge.
The site also provides links to other employment listings such as Commonwealth RECRUIT (the state job-listing site) and classified advertisements from the Roanoke Times. The BEV hopes to use the Summer Job Bank as a prototype for a comprehensive regional job bank in the future.
"We want to use the Summer Job Bank as a model for communities interested in making it easier to link up employers and employees with the right jobs," said Andrew Cohill, BEV director.
Virginia Tech enrolls about 6,000 students during summer sessions. The internationally recognized BEV is an outreach effort of Virginia Tech that supports community networking in Blacksburg and around the commonwealth.
To access the Summer Job Bank, go to www.summer.vt.edu and click on "summer employment."