Sewickley, PA – September 18, 2007 – The Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation (PGSF) announces that it has added a free posting service for print industry internships, available to all scholarship recipients. The web service, implemented for PGSF by PrintWorkers.com, adds to their previous work, creating an online resume bank.
The Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation administers scholarships for the Printing Industries of America/Graphic Arts Technical Foundation (PIA/GATF) and its affiliates, litho clubs, organizations, companies and individuals. Currently over 230 students attending 84 schools receive financial assistance through PGSF. PGSF manages more than $8.5 million in endowments for its donors.
For the past two years, all active PIA/GATF members have been able to search PGSF student resumes free of charge at www.gain.net, the GAIN job bank and a service of PIA/GATF. The new, free option allows PIA/GATF members to post internships for students. Students can either search the job bank for internship opportunities directly, or they can be notified when new internship opportunities are posted. PrintWorkers.com, an Internet job board for Web, copy and printing professionals, has donated the entire service, including all programming time and costs.
“PrintWorkers.com wanted to create an easier opportunity for companies to hire PGSF students for internships,” comments Brian Regan, president of PrintWorkers.com. “It’s been a battle for our industry to attract young talent. It requires creativity and a focused effort to build a foundation of programs to appeal to them. These tools—and the other services provided by the PGSF—matter to students and parents. When they see an industry support itself with quality resources, it imparts two things: an interest that an industry really cares about its future, and an easier environment to make timely career connections.”
“Every year we introduce our new scholarship students to the PGSF online job bank. We create accounts for them and invite them to log in, add their resumes, and create search criteria for areas they are interested in,” explains Ted Ringman, Vice President of Development at PGSF. “Now, beyond finding full-time opportunities for graduating students, we are introducing a way to get students involved in the industry while they’re still in school. Many of our past recipients are in leadership roles of printing companies. This internship program gives future leaders a head start.”
Companies that wish to post internships may do so by accessing the PGSF job bank at www.gain.net.
While the PGSF program has been very successful, many more scholarship applicants are turned down due to a lack of funds. For information regarding tax-deductible contributions, establishing a scholarship through PGSF or scholarship applications contact Bernie Eckert, PGSF Program Administrator, 200 Deer Run Road, Sewickley, PA 15143-2600, 412-259-1740, Fax 412-741-2311, [email protected]