By Amanda Gubbins
Geared toward college students, the Career Windows internship program is designed to expose future employees to the wide array of career fields in the industry.
This summer, SEMA Education will launch a new resource to help members address their concerns about the future of the industry. Geared toward college students, the one-, two- or three-week Career Windows internship program is designed to expose future employees to the wide array of career fields in the industry.
“In talking to our members, one of their biggest challenges right now is finding qualified and eager employees. We are launching this new tool to develop the next generation of industry leaders and ultimately help fill that void. After test driving a successful program at our headquarters last summer, we are excited to see how our member companies will benefit, too,” said Chris Kersting, SEMA president and CEO.
Through its unique structure of scheduled department visits, student participants gain a big-picture view of the automotive industry and exposure to the variety of career options within a particular company. While not a traditional job-training program, SEMA-member companies have the opportunity to invest in the next generation of automotive industry leaders by offering a tailored work experience for one, two or three weeks at a time.
As a Career Windows host, the role of the member company is to provide the structure, goals and experience for the student. SEMA has put together resources to help host companies launch their own successful Career Windows programs, and will also assist in matching students and hosts.
The pilot Career Windows program will launch in the summer of 2015. Member companies interested in hosting a student are invited to visit the Career Windows website or contact Director of Education Zane Clark. Applications will be accepted until April 24, 2015.
SEMA will host another Career Window’s internship program, June 1–19, 2015. If you know of an individual who would be an ideal candidate, please have them send their resume to Zane Clark no later than April 24.