University Relations and Marketing

Contacts:
Patricia Reuss, Career Services, 657-1616
Dan Carter, University Relations, 657-2269 

September 24, 2010

Career Services Employer Partnership Program begins third year at MSU Billings

MSU BILLINGS NEWS SERVICES — The Employer Partnership program through the Office of Career Services at Montana State University Billings is in its third year, providing employers with increased exposure to students and cooperative education experiences. 

The Employer Partnership Program not only offers enhanced visibility at MSU Billings at both the main campus and at the College of Technology, partners get extra exposure on the web at www.msubillings.edu/careers.   Opportunities range from recognition at career events and sponsorship of Career Services Student Advocates’ scholarships to hosting a table of students at the annual Etiquette Business Dinner, a networking and gourmet dining experience. 

""“The Employer Partnership program gives employers an innovative way to differentiate and brand their company on campus,” according to Patricia Reuss, director of Career Services at MSU Billings.

The 2010-2011 Partners are Connoisseur Media, EideBailly, Yellowstone Boys & Girls Ranch, EBMS, KPMG and St. Vincent Healthcare.  

Based on evaluations from partners, Career Services has fine-tuned its program to better meet employer needs, offering them more exposure at both the COT and main campuses.  Employer partnerships also have allowed Career Services to hire marketing interns, Victoria Fernandez Lorenzo-Arroyo (Fall 2008) and Xiaoyi Wang (Fall 2009), whose expertise helped promote both Career Services and its partners. 

This year, Connoisseur Media has renewed its Platinum Partnership and according to Augie Aga, station manager, “The Employer Partnership has been better than I expected. Career Services has gone above and beyond as far as increasing our visibility on campus and to the public. It’s definitely been a great marketing investment.” 

Connoisseur Media employs disc jockeys, program directors, on-air engineers, sales and office assistants who demonstrate “Character, Courage, Commitment, Curiosity, and who can use a Calculator.” Exposure at MSU Billings helps introduce more new people to the radio business, and Aga said he welcomes students of all majors to check out opportunities with the Connoisseur Media team.

Career Services provides unique academic experiences and connections to employer partners and other businesses. In the 2009-10 academic year, 208 students earned 862 credits through the MSU Billings cooperative education internship program.

To learn how your business can become an Employer Partner or to find out about cooperative education experiences, contact Reuss at 657-1616 or email careers@msubillings.edu.


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