As the school year begins to wind down, many college students are looking for an opportunity to gain additional experience this summer.
The Bay County Chamber of Commerce is making it easier by connecting businesses with students through its Internship Marketplace, a single website where employers can post opportunities and students can apply for them.
"We have great opportunities here in Bay County," Brittany Cole, with the Chamber said. "Instead of [students] having to call each individual business that they would like to serve at, they can just go to one central location, and they can see all the opportunities."
Business professionals in the Leadership Bay Program created the idea for their project during the 2013 - 2014 class.
"A lot of these folks are small business owners and can't really afford to bring somebody in, and a lot of these interns are willing to work for free just to gain this experience," Jeremy Hinton, the CFO for Innovations Federal Credit Union, said.
"We're hoping to bring in [students] and keep kids from outside the area in the Bay County area," Andy Weddle, an attorney with Harrison Sale McCloy, said.
The Marketplace currently has six opportunities, from a youth sports internship to an accounting internship. "We've gotten a lot of businesses signed up, and we're really looking forward to it growing even more," Cole added.
"It's a dream come true that it got to this point. Our Leadership Bay Class has really pulled together and done all kinds of good work," Hinton said.
Members of the Bay County Chamber of Commerce can post available internships on the marketplace. Every student, including those who do not live in Bay County, can apply for the positions.