Oneida County officials are touting the success of the County's College Corps Internship Prorgram.

Nearly 200 college students have been placed with about 50 local employers this year, including Black River Systems and PAR Technology.

The number of interns and employers that participate in the program has steadily increased from 116 and 40 in 2017 and 170 and 40 in 2018.

“Our College Corps internship program gives Oneida County college students a golden opportunity to get hands-on experience with a variety of our community’s most successful and innovative employers,” said Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente.“Giving these bright young minds the chance to work at high-tech firms such as Black River Systems, not only gives them invaluable experience as they ready their career paths, but also provides them the possibility to stay here in our area and make a prosperous life for themselves.”

The students interning in the program attend more than 50 colleges throughout the country.

The interns are paid by a 50/50 split between Oneida County and the employer.