Resources for Finding Interns
It's easy! Employers can post internships and search for qualified internship candidates in the New Mexico Workforce Connection Online System.
Internships Ӏ Students Work system is set up for students to post their resumes and search for internships from employers in
our state. This system links directly to the New Mexico Workforce Connection Online System. Just sign-in to your employer account at
New Mexico Workforce Connection Online System and utilize our system to post your internship
or search for an intern with the skills you are looking for.
Career Services Offices
A great place to collaborate and find students looking for internships within specific fields of study is through your local college
or university Career Services office. Career Services offices hold career fairs to bring their students together with employers hiring
for internships. The New Mexico Department of Higher Education has a whole webpage dedicated to contact information for every
accredited college and university in our state where you can get connected to their Career Services office. For a complete list of
contact information, click on the
Educational Directory link at this link.
Alternative Pathways for Employers to Help Students Prepare for Employment
If you can't afford to provide a high intensity career experience like your own internship program to a student there are
organizations in New Mexico that can help facilitate low intensity experiences or an internship program for high school students.
Low intensity experiences include job shadowing or going to a classroom and talking with students about your job and occupation,
and how you got there. These types of experiences can help open student's minds to possibilities they are unaware of as a
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central New Mexico – mentor2.0 (BBBS-CNM)
Contact email firstname.lastname@example.org or 505-837-9223
mentor2.0 is Big Brothers Big Sisters' technology-enriched one-to-one youth mentoring program directly targeting high school
students. Through partnerships between Big Brothers Big Sisters, companies individuals, and two local high schools - South Valley
Academy and Amy Biehl High School, mentor2.0 will support high-impact mentoring relationships, aimed at providing high school
students with the support and guidance they need to graduate high school and succeed in college and the workforce.
Jobs for America's Graduates (JAG) – New Mexico
Contact Kay Provolt, State Director, email@example.com or 505-239-9270
JAG is committed to helping resolve our country's dropout and transition problems by expanding state organizations and local
programs that help young people greatest at risk overcome barriers to graduation from high school and become college and
JAG Specialists are equipped with proven programs and unique services to help students advance in their chosen career field!
JAG provides summer employment training which includes job placement during the summer months.
Junior Achievement (JA)
Contact Krista Martinez, Executive Director, firstname.lastname@example.org or 505-342-6350
Junior Achievement uses hands-on experiences to help young people, from elementary school to high school, understand
the economics of life. In partnership with business and educators, JA brings the real world to students, opening their minds to
their potential. JA helps arrange for business people and local community leaders to visit an interested classroom a few times
or throughout the semester. Business people volunteer to share their workforce experience with students in conjunction with
Mission: Graduate (MG)
Mission: Graduate's vision is a world-class, seamless, and coordinated education system that provides equitable opportunities
for all children and youth to excel and succeed in school, graduate with a post-secondary certificate or degree, and enter a career
of their choosing in central New Mexico. MG works with many partners including employers to accomplish their big goal of 60,000
new college degrees and certificates in central New Mexico by 2020.
To achieve their goal, MG is working with select local high schools to create internship programs that will work with employers
to learn career readiness skills. Please contact Mission: Graduate if you are an employer wishing to participate or become a partner.
Running Start for Careers (RSFC)
Contact Andrew Mathis, Executive Director, email@example.com or 505-768-3000
An initiative created by Mayor Richard J. Berry and the City of Albuquerque, RSFC is a program that takes high school students
out of the classroom and into the real world to get a head start on a career. Junior and senior high school students earn elective
credits toward graduating, while obtaining job skills in industry specific, industry taught courses that highlight career pathways
for in demand jobs that are needed in our local economy. RSFC is always looking to expand their industries they offer to students,
and place students into internships with a shared cost.
Subsidized Learning Employment Options
On the Job Training (OJT)
Subsidized employment that results in a learning experience.
Are you an employer looking to test drive talent and provide training to an individual learning about a new job and the skills
required for that job, and in need of help to pay the wages? "On the Job Training" (OJT) may be an option for you. OJT is similar
to an internship. An employer is providing a job with learning objectives, giving the participant the opportunity to acquire training
by placement in a setting which emphasizes "learning by doing". There are programs for New Mexico employers that subsidize
wages to help in this type of workforce development for entry level employment in specific fields or occupations. Below are a
few programs that may be of interest to you.
Workforce Investment Opportunity Act (WIOA)
WIOA is a federal program that provides a financial incentive to employers for hiring and training individuals that are either
receiving unemployment benefits, have exhausted unemployment benefits, are underemployed (have an income that does not
sustain them and/or their family OR have no income) or are military veterans.
Employers receive a 50% salary reimbursement for up to six months for full time positions for positions.
This is referred to as an "On-the-Job Training (OJT) Contract." In return the employer agrees to create a training
plan and to train the participant to fill his/her skill gaps for the position.
Funds are available to employers within industries that are stable or have growth potential. Funded industries include healthcare,
commercial construction, green energy, manufacturing, IT/R&D, education and a myriad of service industries.
For more information, contact any New Mexico Workforce Connection office near you.
Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR)
New Mexico DVR can help arrange subsidized OJT for employers interested in mentoring a person with a disability, helping
them develop the skills needed to realize their career goals. During DVR funded OJT, the trainee interacts on a regular basis with
employees who do not have disabilities, holds a regular position, and is paid no less than minimum wage. This type of OJT helps
people with disabilities get used to the employment environment while gaining valuable work experience.
Vocational Rehabilitation employment vendors will arrange an OJT and coordinate placing the person in the training and any
follow-up services needed. The employment vendors will work closely with all parties to develop an OJT experience that will benefit
both the trainee and the employer. After training begins, VR employment vendors will continue to offer support to the trainee
For more information, click here or call 800-224-7005.
Youth Development Inc. (YDI) — Education, Workforce & Training Division (EE&T)
The Workforce Investment Opportunity Act (WIOA) youth program operates year-round providing services to in-school youth
and out-of-school youth ages 14-21. Each One-Stop is designed around the ten WIOA elements for youth. These services include
summer employment, work experience, adult mentoring, and occupational skills training. Programming at each site also incorporates
current economic and employment trends specific to each county's facility.
If you're interested in providing youth summer employment through this subsidized program, please call 505-352-3466 or