Bridging the gap – academia to industry through internships

November 14, 2013


Daniel Newell

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SAN JOSE, Calif. — San Jose State University Career Center has partnered with Silicon Valley education, community, and industry leaders to help bridge the growing skill gap of the Bay Area workforce. One tactic is to increase experiential education models, such as internship program development. Providing job seekers with the opportunity to apply academic and life lessons to real-world employer projects help them learn the skills necessary to be successful in the constantly changing job market.

To achieve this goal, the SJSU Career Center has joined a collaborative of workforce leaders to host the second annual Silicon Valley Internship Summit at De Anza College December 4th. The summit aims to bring together local internship leaders to help bridge industry to academia. This model will create a unified approach to internship development and management, providing a platform for faculty, industry and the community to share a dialogue and best practices of how to prepare the next generation workforce and unemployed workers for the job market.

Summit sessions will focus on internship development, management and expansion. Some topics include legalities, developing and managing employer partnerships, and curriculum development. San Jose State University faculty and staff members will be contributing to the summit content. The SJSU Career Center encourages faculty to attend the summit to network with academic, community and industry partners.

Summit planning committee: Foothill/De Anza College, Silicon Valley Leadership Group, SJSU Career Center, NOVA Job Seeker Center, Year Up, Two-County Next Generation Committee, Blach Construction, Mt. View Chamber of Commerce, and the City of Palo Alto.


San José State — Silicon Valley's largest institution of higher learning with 30,500 students and 3,850 employees — is part of the California State University system. SJSU's 154-acre downtown campus anchors the nation's 10th largest city.