Caldwell, N.J., Jan. 29, 2016 – Michele Brown, president and CEO of Choose New Jersey, visited Caldwell University on Jan. 26 to discuss ways to make more New Jersey-based internships available to college students. Speaking to chairs, associate deans, and directors from academic support areas, she said that Choose New Jersey’s slogan is “highly educated and perfectly located” and that New Jersey has numerous successful companies and nonprofits where students can find enriching internships and start their careers.
To encourage New Jersey students to stay in the state for their college education, Brown said Choose New Jersey has launched Smart Students, a pilot program to provide the best and brightest students from Newark and Camden with scholarships and paid internships. According to Choose New Jersey, some 30,000 students leave New Jersey for out-of-state colleges. Brown stressed the importance of encouraging students to stay in the state for higher education so they will remain after graduation, become leaders and contribute to New Jersey’s economic growth, which will attract more businesses to the Garden State.
She encouraged university personnel to reach out and to engage in conversations with the business community, form relationships and invite successful alumni to campus to talk to students. We are “enormously proud of our state and all the opportunities that are available, but it is incumbent on us to sell our story,” she said.