Cuyahoga Community College is one of five colleges across the country piloting a new internship offering with Goldman Sachs.
Dubbed the 10,000 Small Businesses Fellows program, it’s connected to the company’s 10,000 Small Businesses initiative. That program, launched more than a decade ago, is described as a free opportunity for small-business owners to provide education, support and access to capital.
This new push will match companies that have already completed the small-business program with students from Tri-C as well as those at four other colleges in Baltimore, Dallas and New York City. Pairings will be connected to students’ interests.
In a statement announcing the news, Goldman Sachs president and chief operating officer John Waldron said the company has heard from small businesses about the need to find more talent as they continue to recover amid the pandemic.
“This important initiative will do just that by creating real, tangible work opportunities to address the growing skills gap — a win-win for our vital small businesses and promising community college students,” Waldron said.
Collectively, 250 paid semester-long work opportunities will be offered, though officials didn’t indicate how those positions would be divided up across the four markets. It’s funded by the company’s foundation.
“Connecting underserved college students with businesses in need of talent is a win-win, and I’m proud that the program has developed its roots right here in Cuyahoga County, ” Tri-C president Alex Johnson said in the statement.