Massachusetts needs to work harder to help community college students land paid internships.
That's the conclusion of a study by The Boston Foundation, which found the largest percentage of paid internships in Massachusetts goes to students from four-year colleges.
Boston Foundation President Paul Grogan said paid internships help community college students earn money and build professional networks.
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The report looks at existing paid internship programs in Massachusetts and other states to come up with principles for a new statewide internship initiative that would provide community college students with work experience opportunities and create pipelines for employers in some of the region's fastest-growing industries.
The report said the program should be organized by region, prioritize paid work, provide opportunities for academic credit and simplify the process of matching students to opportunities.