April 24, 2000 

Contact: Mary Veden, 503-725-5710
Source: Jim Coonan, 503-725-5735

New On-line Service Open Intern Link with Oregon Business

PORTLAND - Beginning today, Oregon has a new, free online matching service that will quickly connect local companies with college and university interns from throughout the state.

Called OregonWorks, the Web-based service is a collaborative effort. It uses software developed by the Software Association of Oregon in a unique partnership with the Oregon University System and the Business Education Compact. Participating institutions include all of Oregon's community colleges, public and independent colleges and universities.

Companies seeking interns this summer -- or in the future -- simply log on to
www.oregonworks.org, then open the "jobs/internships" tab. Firms can register and post their own job orders right away. The system automatically e-mails the company resumes of students looking for work in related categories. 

Similarly, undergraduate and graduate students can register on the site and post their resumes. Potential internship positions are e-mailed to them. 

The service will list opportunities in all job categories and there is no cost to either employer or student for using the service.

"We undertook this partnership with OUS and others because there is a significant workforce gap in the software industry," said Larry Wade, SAO executive director. "We have found internships to be the most effective way to provide students the experience they need to qualify for a job and to attract potential employees to the industry. We have now joined with others to extend this opportunity to all industries and all areas of the state."

"Hiring interns is good for Oregon companies and good for students," says Diane Vines, OUS vice chancellor for corporate and public affairs. "Internships can help employers find excellent job candidates for employment after graduation, and can also help retain our best and brightest students as contributors to Oregon's future workforce."

The Business Education Compact is willing to help companies design internship positions. For a small fee, they will also provide screening, payroll and insurance services for interns. Companies needing assistance should contact Leslie Tugman at the Business Education Compact, 503-725-8975 or

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