Employers must build a talent pipeline. That includes attracting talent as early as high school, and connecting through internships at secondary, and post-secondary levels. It also means engaging with international talent, or career-changers as they maneuver through industries and positions, adding skills to their toolboxes.
Our Talent & Workforce Services
Prima Civitas' initiatives build effective internship programs, connect employers to specialized talent, help develop the Michigan workforce, and attract talent to our state.
Helping Employers Develop Effective Internship Programs
Internships are a cost-effective recruiting tool that an assist with creating a talent pipeline. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, employers surveyed in 2014 reported that 51.2% of internships converted to full-time employment opportunities.
Would you like to develop or expand your organization's internship program? Do you need ROI statistics to help make the case for internships? We can help.
Since 2010, more than 2,500 employers have attended Employer Internship Training in Michigan, creating significant opportunities for both employers and talent. If you would like to schedule a training session in your region, please contact Mary ZumBrunnen at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our free Employer Internship Toolkit is available to download, as well. Find the link at left.
Trailing Partners Services:
Finding Opportunities that Fit Your Job Candidate's Spouse or Partner
As higher education institutions and other organizations compete for high-level talent from around the globe, a barrier they often face is identifying opportunitiesfor the candidate’s partner. As a statewide organization, Prima Civitas is positioned to assist those organizations by focusing on finding a good fit for that secondary candidate, the significant other. We offer technical assistance, job search strategies, and make direct connections with hiring organizations. We also develop cultural adaptation plans, as needed. For information, please contact Mary ZumBrunnen at email@example.com.
Prisoner Re-Entry Program:
Assisting Communities with the Challenges of Job Placement
For information, please contact Mary ZumBrunnen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Comprehensive Community Internship Program:
Helping Communities Make Internships a Workable Solution
Prima Civitas is constructing a comprehensive, scalable, community-wide internship program. The program will leverage existing programs and partnerships at the K-12 level, post- secondary level, and beyond to include career-changers, the unemployed, chronically unemployed and underemployed. It also will tie in career pathways, job shadow and internship components. Prima Civitas will design, manage and document the program. For information, please contact Mary ZumBrunnen at email@example.com.
Matching International Students with Area Opportunities
The Global Lansing “Getting Started” Internship Program is an innovative first-of-its-kind initiative that will match international students in Greater Lansing to internships and mentorships with area businesses and entrepreneurs. The launch of the “Getting Started” Program will be the cornerstone of the Global Lansing initiative. Global Lansing’s focus will be to educate, engage and empower the Greater Lansing community to further support and leverage the vast number of international students, scholars, business-owners and residents in the Lansing region. Contact Dan Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Talent & Workforce Successes:
Telamon Corporation Internship Program
Prima Civitas developed an internship program for Telamon for its National Farmworker Jobs Program (NFJP). NFJP is designed to break the poverty cycle for individuals who come from families with migrant farmworker backgrounds. The participants receive funding support for school and housing, and they receive wages for an internship. Prima Civitas built comprehensive training programs and manuals for the participants, case managers and employers. Telamon continues to use Prima Civitas as a resource.
"Prima Civitas helped us construct an internship program for our clients that provides real world experience that relates directly to their training program. It has been gaining momentum not only with clients, but with employers who benefit from this experience, as well.”
—Don Kuchnicki, State Director, Telemon Corporation
Organized by Prima Civitas, Michigan State University (MSU), the MSU Alumni Association, the MSU Alumni Club of Metro Chicago, MSU Athletics, the Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP), and the eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, the Spartan Llne provided a unique Amtrak train experience for Chicago-area MSU alumni, and showcased economic growth in the greater Lansing area.
For its inaugural event in Nov. 2012, nearly 60 participants rode the Spartan Line train and participated in weekend events including a Spartan football game and the opening of the internationally-renowned Broad Museum. Due to the success of the November event, Spartan Line organizers are planning future events.
Capital Area Healthcare Education Partnership (CAHEP)
Administered by PC and funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, CAHEP was a unique collaboration of area healthcare educators and stakeholders who were interested in educating high school juniors and seniors in healthcare-related careers. CAHEP served 41 students with classroom and clinical experiences at several hospitals and healthcare provider sites throughout Greater Lansing.
"I've learned all the different kinds of careers you can go into. I've learned all the different things you can do to help people...and what people really want out of a healthcare worker."
- Devin, a CAHEP participant
Collaborative, Accelerated Recruitment & Training (CART) in Marlette
In early 2011, members of an informal agriculture business group in the Thumb expressed the need for confined space rescue training, specifically for silos. Working through Thumbworks!, we quickly deployed the CART process. We connected knowledge partners from Michigan State University (MSU) - specifically from the School of Criminal Justice with ThumbWorks! staff, and together they quickly customized existing confined space training curriculum to meet the demands of the agri-business. After the confined space and rescue training, MSU generously volunteered to provide the same training exclusively for emergency responders including police, fire and rescue, and EMT.
Mid-Michigan Partnership for Training in Healthcare (M-PaTH)
Led and managed by Prima Civitas, M-PaTH was a 3-year, $2 million Federal grant that aimed to train 400 dislocated workers for new careers in the healthcare sector. With partners Greater Flint Health Coalition, Baker College, Mott Community College, Lansing Community College, and Thumbworks!, 439 participants were trained – 39 above and beyond the goal. At the grant’s conclusion in 2011, 150 M-PaTH graduates had secured employment.
Stop the Silence-Flint
An ongoing, collaborative effort of multiple law enforcement agencies and community development agencies, Stop the Silence-Flint exists to bridge the gap between youth and law enforcement by providing a platform for positive interaction. Prima Civitas coordinates this initiative with the University of Michigan-Flint Department of Public Safety. The ultimate goal is to change the mindset and culture of youth in underserved areas, to reduce crime and improve positive behavior, which will have secondary positive affects such as providing an environment that is attractive to talent and businesses for economic prosperity.
Formerly known as Pink Slip Mid-Michigan, Mid-Michigan Talent Connection events are networking opportunities for job seekers and employers. For information, contact contact Mary ZumBrunnen at email@example.com.
Pure Michigan Talent Connect:
Employers can post openings and workforce/job seekers can search for opportunities.
Prima Civitas collaborates with Michigan Works! Agencies throughout the state on various talent initiatives. We encourage job seekers to first check with their local Michigan Works! Agencies for available training and employment opportunities.
Hello West Michigan:
We collaborate with HWM on internship training across the state, and the Employer Internship Toolkit.