Academic Partnerships and Form Strategic Partnership to Provide Next-Generation Virtual Career Solution to Online Learners

Online Learning Leader Offers Partner Universities Virtual Career Platform to Help Students Secure Jobs and Internships

Feb 21, 2013, 10:00 ET from Academic Partnerships

DALLAS, Feb. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Academic Partnerships (AP), one of the largest representatives of public universities' online learning in the United States, today announced that it has formed a strategic partnership with, the world's largest internships marketplace serving students, employers, and higher education institutions.  Through this strategic partnership, all of Academic Partnerships' current and future university partners will be able to offer a next-generation virtual career solution to the students enrolled in their programs free of charge.

"We are committed to providing industry-leading offerings to the universities with which we partner, and the virtual career platform that we have created with is another example of that committment," said Randy Best, founder and chairman of Academic Partnerships.  "Colleges and universities play an important role in supporting students seeking internships and employment opportunities, and we are pleased to provide our partners and the students they serve with a tool that will contribute to their success."

"We are delighted to be working with Academic Partnerships on this important initiative," said Robin D. Richards, chairman and CEO of  "Academic Partnerships offers students access to world-class educational programs; now it will be able to offer a world-class career solution as well."

Students at Academic Partnerships' partner universities will have online access to more than 125,000 internship, part-time, and full-time job opportunities, as well as a next-generation virtual career solution to support their entry into the workforce.  Every student will be able to access premium tools, including a database of millions of companies with contact information and industry resources, that aid in networking and career searches; a set of professional assessment tests that identify a student's values, skills, personal qualities, and preferences; and a professionally-created online certification course that trains students in practical workplace skills.  The platform will also be integrated with the leading social networks to enable students to leverage their social connections. will custom-brand and integrate its platform into the Academic Partnerships' network, providing students at partner universities with a truly customized and seamless online experience.

Named a "Top 10 Careers Website" by Forbes and selected to support the White House's 2012 Summer Jobs+ initiative as a co-lead technology partner, is a leader in web-based internship and career platforms for higher education institutions.  Microsoft, AT&T, and NBC Universal are among the companies that have recently posted opportunities on

Academic Partnerships has a successful track record of helping universities expand access and scale the delivery of their high-quality online degree programs.  AP has assisted more than 750 professors convert more than 1,500 traditional courses into an electronic delivery format and recruited thousands of students into online degree programs for its U.S. and international partners.  

About Academic Partnerships 
Academic Partnerships (AP) helps universities convert their traditional degree programs into an online format, recruits qualified students and supports enrolled students through graduation.  Serving more than 40 public institutions, AP is one of the largest representatives of public universities' online learning in the United States.  The company was founded by social entrepreneur Randy Best, an 18-year veteran of developing innovative learning solutions to improve education.  AP is guided by the principle that the opportunities presented through distance learning make higher education more accessible and achievable for students in the U.S. and globally.  For more information, please visit

About, part of CareerArc Group, is the world's largest internship marketplace bringing students, employers and higher education together in one centralized location.  The innovative, Los Angeles-based company, named by Forbes as a "Top 10 Careers Website," develops a wide variety of interactive, world-class tools and services to enable every student, employer, and educator to better understand and optimize internship opportunities.  For more information, please visit

Jaquelyn M. Scharnick
Academic Partnerships

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