Privacy Policy (“Bridge” or “Site”) is a website hosted by Rhode Island Student Loan Authority (“RISLA”) in collaboration with state and non-profit organizations including the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Rhode Island (AICURI), the Community College of RI, RI College, the University of RI, the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce and the College Planning Center of RI.
The mission of Bridge is to encourage the development of both paid and unpaid internships for college students and recent graduates and help facilitate through the Bridge website the matching of qualified students with prospective employers looking to fill internship positions within their organizations. Students may create a profile and upload a resume to apply for internship positions. Students may also search for available internships on the Bridge website based on their particular majors or interests. Businesses and non-profit or government organizations may post open internship positions which they are looking to fill. Employers may also search for students who have “opted in” to allow employers to view their profile and other information that the student has entered. Students may select the “opt-out” feature in their profile at anytime to disable the ability for employers to view their personal information unless the student applies for a specific internship. Whenever a student applies for an internship the employer will be able to view the student’s information, including the student’s resume if they have downloaded one to the Site . Bridge (“Bridge,” “we,” or “us”) is committed to maintaining and protecting the privacy of personal information of its website users. Bridge aims to provide a safe, secure and helpful user experience for students, educational officials, and the business community. The purpose of this Privacy Policy is to inform users (“you” or User”) of what information Bridge (“we” or “us”) collects and how we use that information.
Non-personal Information We Collect
We gather and store certain information that does not identify you personally. Such non-personal information may include the internet domain name, if any, of a web site that had a link to Bridge and the Internet Protocol address from which you access the Bridge website; the type of browser and operating system used to access the Site; the date and time you access the Site; the address of any website from which you used a link to access the Site; and the Site pages or areas and services you accessed during your visit to the Site. We only use such data anonymously and in the aggregate. This data is not used to track or monitor personally identifiable information of individual Users. We gather and monitor this data to analyze trends, to administer the Site, track Users’ movements on the Site and gather broad demographic information. Non personal information helps us determine what services and tools are most beneficial to our visitors, and how we can best serve students, educational officials, and the business community.
Personally Identifiable Information We Collect
We only collect personal information about you that you choose to provide to us when you register and create a profile on the Site. The type of personally identifiable information we receive and collect about individual Users of our Site includes information such as name, contact information, demographic information, and academic history. We collect this information from you:
  • When you register on the Site,
  • When you complete or edit your profile,
  • When you use or register for certain products and services,
  • When you respond to surveys or questionnaires, and
  • When you choose to upload resumes, cover letters, writing samples and other documents to the Site which contain personal information about you.
We may also ask you for other information which you may choose to provide at your sole discretion, such as information regarding your personal experiences, work experience, interests and preferences, your opinion regarding various features of our Site and the types of jobs you are interested in. In certain instances, personally identifiable information with respect to you may also be received from one or more of the collaborators identified above.
We DO NOT collect or store social security numbers, financial information or driver’s license information. Your date of birth will only be collected if you choose to share it on your resume or other material you provide.
How We Use Personally Identifiable Information Collected
We will never sell your personal information. We may share your personal information with prospective employers when you apply for a specific internship or IF you opt to share it with all employers. For information regarding how you may opt to share your personal information, please see the “Opt-In/Opt-Out Policy” section below.
We use personally identifiable information we collect on the Site for the following purposes:
  • To enable you to access and utilize the various tools and features of the Site, such as applying for jobs, having job postings sent to you, uploading documents, posting and editing job listings and descriptions, and searching our resume data base.
  • For administering surveys, questionnaires, polling activities, job fairs and other similar events and activities that you choose to participate in, and for other purposes specifically communicated to you when we collect the information.
  • To communicate with you with regard to your use of the Site and its services or to advise you of any Site changes or other occurrences that may affect your access to, or use of, the Site.
  • To provide the collaborators with aggregated information and statistics on students or employer Users of the Site.
If you choose to create a profile and upload your resume or any other document containing personal information on the Site, your personal profile information and resumes may be searchable by and accessible to employers who have access to the Site IF you opt to share it. While we endeavor to restrict access to these databases to eligible employers, we cannot guarantee that other parties, without our knowledge or consent, will not gain access to these databases. You may remove your resume or any other document you submit at any time. However, employers who have access to these databases, and other parties who have otherwise gained access to these databases, may have retained a copy of your resume in their own files or databases. We are not responsible for the retention, use or privacy of resumes in these instances, or for the use or privacy of resumes or other personal information of Users by any of such parties while such resumes or personal information are on the Site.
You may choose to allow us to use your email address and other contact information to send you articles, profiles, industry news, financial aid and career related information, as well as to notify you of products and services offered by us. See “Opt-In/Opt-Out Policy” section below for further information.
We employ third parties to perform functions on our behalf, such as, hosting our web servers, analyzing data, providing marketing assistance, and providing customer service. Such third parties will have access to your personal information only as necessary to perform their functions, but they are required to maintain the confidentiality of your information and are prohibited from using, selling or otherwise sharing your personal information.
From time to time, we may also disclose personally identifiable information to fulfill certain legal and regulatory requirements or if we believe, in good faith, that such disclosure is legally required or necessary to protect others’ rights or to prevent or mitigate harm.
All Users should be aware that when they voluntarily display or distribute personal information such as their email address to others by posting jobs, responding to job postings or applying for job opportunities or otherwise, that information can be collected and used by the intended recipient of such information. This may result in unsolicited messages from third parties for which we are not responsible.
We may make content or services from other web sites available to you from links located on the Site. These other web sites are not subject to this Privacy Policy. If you provide any information to parties who operate web sites that are linked to our Site, different rules may apply to the collection, use or disclosure of your personal information by such other party. We are not responsible for any such party’s use of your personal information. We encourage you to review those sites’ privacy policies before revealing any sensitive or personal information to such other parties.
Updating Account Information
Bridge allows you to change or correct your personal profile information at any time. You may upload, change or delete resumes at any time.
Opt-In/Opt-Out Policy
When you complete your profile on the Site, you will be presented with choices regarding whether you want to allow all prospective employers to view your profile, or any resume(s) or other documents you have uploaded, or whether to allow only those employers who have posted positions you have applied for to view your information. IF you wish to share your information only with those prospective employers who have posted positions you have applied for you must opt to do so.
You may choose to receive certain types of communications from us. If you do not wish to receive any such communications, you may opt-out by responding “no” or clicking the appropriate opt-out box. By not opting out to receive such communications, you are granting permission to allow us to send the selected communications. If you wish to stop receiving future communications, you may do so at any time.
We reserve the right to send you communications regarding the Site and our services or to advise you of Site changes or other events or occurrences which may affect your access to or use of the Site without offering you the opportunity to opt out of them.
The Site is intended for the use by college-age students, educational officials, and employers. We do not knowingly collect or solicit personally identifiable information from or about individuals under the age of thirteen (13) except as permitted by law.
The account containing your registration information, profile and resume is password protected, so only you can access your account. It is very important that you do not share your password with third parties in order to prevent them from having access to your personal information.
All personally identifiable information we collect about you is stored in limited-access servers. The Site has technical, administrative and physical security measures and safeguards in place to protect against the loss, misuse and alteration of the information under our control. While we are committed to placing reasonable and appropriate safeguards to protecting your personal information against foreseeable risks, no computer system or information can ever fully protect your information against foreseeable risks, no computer system or information can ever fully protect against every possible hazard, and we cannot guarantee that unauthorized third parties will not be able to circumvent those safeguards or use your personal information for improper purposes.
Privacy Policy Changes
We may deem it necessary or appropriate from time to time to modify this privacy policy to reflect changes in the way we collect or use information or changes in privacy –related laws, regulations or industry standards. Accordingly, we reserve the right to change this privacy statement at any time by posting the revised policy on this Site. Information will be handled according to the privacy statement in effect at the time the information is used. Your continued use of our Site following the posting of changes to this Privacy Policy will mean you accept those changes.
Questions or Concerns
If you have any questions or concerns regarding this Privacy Policy, the practices of the Site or your dealings with the Site you can contact us online, or by mail or phone at:
C/O Rhode Island Student Loan Authority
935 Jefferson Blvd., Suite 3000
Warwick, RI 02886
ATTENTION: Alyssa Pascarella