Internship fair aiming to keep students in WNY

Posted at 11:20 PM, Mar 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-02 23:20:17-05

Keeping young talented people, it's considered key to the growth of any city, including Buffalo. The Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus is doing its part, trying to connect college students with internships that could lead to full time gigs.

One recent college grad from downstate says, he's seeing his friends opt for Buffalo for their first job.

They enjoyed that there were so many opportunities out here, but it's not quite as intimidating as New York City, said Westin Doney.
One soon-to-be senior at Daemen College, grew up in Hamburg and feels there are enough opportunities in Buffalo, post-graduation.    

I would really like to stay here, said Taylor Heinold.

Its ok to stay, and it's really great for the economy to stay in Buffalo, said Sean Heidinger, with Dig Buffalo.

The internship fair was twice the size of last years. New companies like Burner Fitness that have locations in Buffalo and in Silicon Valley, say it makes financial sense to hire young in Buffalo.

It's really possible to keep good talent here on a good wage and not basically bankrupt your company. In Silicon Valley, you have to pay. If you want really good talent, you have to pay, said Kevin Ryan with Burner Fitness.