On: November 9, 2017
Last month, the Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC partnered with Intern Bridge, the nation’s premier college recruiting, consulting and research firm, to hold an internship workshop designed to help business and non-profit organizations build a win-win experiential education program to help recruit and retain top talent. Thank you to our presenting sponsor – Roundtop Mountain Resort.
The presentation included detailed statistics from proprietary Intern Bridge research. Qualitative and quantitative responses were shared from their latest research project, the National Internship and Co-op Study – a detailed examination of what makes internship and Co-op programs successful based on the responses of over 200,000 students from more than 500 universities.
Regional companies walked away ready to redouble their internship efforts. Sue Paul, HR Manager with Capital Region Water stated, “The seminar gave so many fresh perspectives on how to create a program that will allow all applicants and interns the opportunity to become brand ambassadors. Attendees received a book filled with tips and suggestions and the interactions with other employers and schools provided actionable steps to a world class internship program.”
Dr. Robert Shindell, a native of Lancaster County and President & CEO of Intern Bridge, recommended all internships should be highly structured and planned well in advance of the intern starting the position. “We know, based on the data, that the more intentional that the employer is in developing the internship, the more likely that both the student and the employer will have a more robust and meaningful experience.” Shindell stated.
He also noted that internships are critical to workforce development. 86 million millennials will be in the workforce by 2020. We must be ready.
Michael True, Senior Associate, Talent Development & Marketing at the Career & Professional Development Center, Messiah College stated, “Internships are foundational for workforce development efforts. Multiple benefits accrue to employers and students when they are implemented well. With the Intern Bridge seminar, the Chamber offers support to employers on setting the highest standards of quality and ways to integrate best practices.”
Regional organizations making the event possible in addition to the Chamber & CREDC were: the Lancaster Chamber, the Human Resource Professionals of Central PA, Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education and the York County Economic Alliance.