Landis Elliott, Estrella Mountain Community College’s Internship Manager, has a lot on her plate. She helps students gain experience by finding internship opportunities for them that provide valuable career experience while students are still in college.
Elliott attended Northern Arizona University and earned an Undergraduate Degree in Small Business Management as well as a Master’s in Business. She started working at Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC) with the Workforce Development Department where she saw a need to help students develop their career skills.
“Working with the businesses, I saw that there was a huge need for the business community to work more with EMCC and, in turn, the students really needed to get some hands-on experience as well,” said Elliott, a second generation Goodyear native.
Last year, she saw that the Internship Manager post was vacant and applied. Since then, she has helped students gain job experience and has networked with hundreds of businesses.
“I like working with passionate students that want to figure out what their career path is and assisting with them going forward,” said Elliott, who is in charge of more than 1,000 students interested in internship opportunities. “I like working with the businesses, too. They want to really help students in getting experience and giving them their first start.”
Her hard work has led to a significant increase in internships offered to EMCC students. Last fall there were 62 internships awarded to EMCC students, compared to 24 the year prior. Elliott believes it is important that she continues to expand the EMCC network to the business community since the West Valley continues to grow. She sees the growth as an opportunity to connect with more prospective businesses.
Some of the most recent interesting internships she has offered include the Wildlife World Zoo, Tolleson Dairy and CBS Radio. She challenges students to look for internships so that they can grow because once they earn their college degree, students find that many employers usually look for at least two years of job experience.
Students interested in more information about internships can contact Landis Elliott directly at Landis.Elliott@estrellamountain.edu