ALBANY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — The New York state public university system and The Business Council launched a database Monday to match employers with prospective student interns.

The organizations said the database would save companies from having to sift through stacks of resumes and help prevent students from landing in unproductive internships.

State University of New York Chancellor Nancy Zimpher announced the InternShop venture as part of her annual state of SUNY address in Albany.

The database will be used first by SUNY students and Business Council members through the spring semester and then be expanded to other colleges and universities around the state.

“InternShop makes it easier for SUNY students and alumni to explore new internship opportunities that they may not have otherwise considered,” SUNY Student Assembly President Thomas Mastro said.

The project grew from an alliance that will incorporate all 64 SUNY campuses as members of the New York State Business Council and entitle them to member benefits.

Also Monday, Zimpher announced the SUNY Path initiative that will use data analytics to identify students in danger of not completing their degree and Open SUNY 2.0, which will expand the system’s online learning programs.

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