Employer Agreement

Say Yes Buffalo Internship & Career Pathways Program Employer Agreement

The Say Yes Buffalo Internship & Career Pathways Program looks forward to a successful partnership with your organization that provides you with skilled help and provides our students with hands-on experience.


Say Yes scholars are seeking not only real-world professional opportunities, but also training, guidance, and feedback in a learning-oriented environment. The following are guidelines that we request of employers seeking an intern through the services of our program:

  • Our program strives to provide scholars with multiple professional development opportunities. We ask that if an employer has the capacity to do so, that all scholars who apply be interviewed for the position.

  • An employer (hosting organization) will comply with all federal, state statutes and college policies relating to nondiscrimination, including but not limited to discrimination on the basis of race, color or national origin, creed, religion, sex (including sexual harassment), sexual orientation or preference, gender identity and expressions, age, marital status, disability, Vietnam-era Veteran or other Protected Veteran.

  • The majority of the student’s time will be spent on entry-level professional work. Strictly clerical work such as answering phones, filing, stuffing envelopes, etc. should be kept to a minimum of 20%.  Interns cannot be asked to transport other employees or clients in their personal vehicles.

  • The employer will agree to a minimum of one site visit during the internship to meet with Say Yes program staff and discuss the hired intern’s workload and performance.

  • The student will have access to training, guidance, and feedback by an experienced professional mentor within your organization in the student’s field, if possible.  We recommend meeting with your intern every week to review progress, answer questions, and provide feedback.

  • The employer will complete an evaluation form for the student at the end of each internship.

  • An internship based in the employer’s home office will maintain a business atmosphere, including appropriate business hours, location for performance of duties, and attire.

  • The employer will send one representative to an employer orientation at the Say Yes Buffalo main office, which will include internship best practices and racial equity training.

  • The employer will send one representative to the annual program luncheon that is held in August.

  • The employer will make scheduling accommodations so that interns are able to Say Yes Buffalo programming, which includes professional development workshops and the annual program luncheon.


  • Benefits

    • Contributing to future WNY workforce

    • Build a workforce pipeline

    • Diversity

    • Support from Say Yes through site visits

    • Support for existing internship program or assistance with starting one

    • Assistance with writing student-oriented job postings

    • Employer “Onboarding” and networking opportunities with other internship providers

    • End of summer luncheon to celebrate intern accomplishments & network with other internship providers

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