Retooled Internships Stoke Talent Pipelines With Diverse Students
Advisory firms are adopting virtual or hybrid internship programs and changing the structure of internships to pull in more diverse students. Programs like the ongoing “Externship,” offered by Amplified Planning, stoke momentum for the fully virtual model. Last year, women comprised 42% of the program’s 700 students and career-changers from across the country; Black students, 11%; Asians, 10.5% and Hispanics, 9.7%. Meanwhile, Nationwide has ramped up an apprenticeship program for high school students in its home region of central Ohio. The goal, said Lisa Kirk, vice president of talent acquisition, is to pull in older teens who haven’t decided yet what their career goals are. Six-week rotations through different departments let apprentices gain hands-on experience with skills such as sales and find out how they might qualify for a position that catches their interest, she said.
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