Over 120 Students Attend Professional Development Series

August 3rd, 2021

Developing Indiana Talent through Internships

The Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, in collaboration with the South Bend Regional Chamber, successfully hosted six sessions during this summer’s Professional Development Series for Interns. Throughout these sessions, we reached 127 unique interns coming from 16 states and 4 countries. These interns represent 31 universities and 25 companies throughout the United States, many of which are located in Northeast Indiana.

“Our cross-region collaboration with the Regional Partnership to build a virtual intern professional development series is a true COVID upside! While the 2020 series was more of a emergency response, the 2021 collaboration was intentional and allowed for shared planning and thoughtful engagement of content experts from two regions. The opportunity to bring young talent together through virtual programming—and smaller break-out discussions—creates connections and expands their knowledge of post-graduation opportunities across northern Indiana. A huge thanks to Sonya and the Regional Partnership team for embracing inclusive regionalism," said Kate Lee, executive director of education and workforce at the South Bend Regional Chamber.

The series picked right back up after the Fourth of July holiday weekend with Discover Indiana. Community leaders from Visit Wabash County, South Bend Regional Chamber, and Fort Wayne’s Downtown Improvement District all came together to highlight a variety of great experiences happening in their counties. From shopping local to adventuring outdoors, there is something for everyone to enjoy! Interns in attendance commented on making the trip to all counties in order to make the most of their summer escapades.

The following session, Resume and Job Search, was very conversational and interactive. Interns heard from a panel of young professionals who shared their experiences, good and bad, of when they were in search of a job. It was reassuring to hear that successful individuals face rejection too because we all start somewhere. The latter half of this session featured Angela Fitzpatrick, assistant director of career crossings at Saint Mary's College, who provided interns with guidance on how to update and tweak their resumes for the right job.

“I enjoyed how each speaker was able to share a unique perspective about their job search during the challenging times of COVID-19 and the continuous theme of being relentless in your search process," said Collin Kinniry, business attraction intern at the Regional Partnership

To end the summer series, interns were educated on how to address their own implicit biases with the help of community leader Nichole Rouached, manager of projects and communications at OrthoWorx. Interns learned about where implicit bias stems from and how to stand up against it in their personal lives and the workplace. National Intern Day was also celebrated at the end of this session where interns were given a few ideas on how to celebrate themselves on this special day whether it be virtually through LinkedIn or physically at their workplace.

Congratulations to all interns, near and far, for successfully completing their summer internship programs! There is no better time than now to gain experience in the working world, whether it be in something you are passionate about or something you are not particularly fond of—that’s what internships are all about. To the hardworking supervisors who are in charge of managing an intern or many interns, your hard work does not go unnoticed. Thanks to your support and guidance, your interns are better equipped with knowledge and experiences that they can take with them wherever they go.

“The partnership we have with the South Bend Regional Chamber for the Professional Development Series is a very special one. After seeing the huge success of collaborating with them during last year’s series, it was only fitting to do it again this year. Hosting virtual professional development sessions that reach interns all throughout the state of Indiana, and the country is incredible to see because it shows that we are able to spread the word on all things great about Northeast Indiana and South Bend to a larger, more diverse audience,” said Sonya Snellenberger, director of talent initiatives at the Regional Partnership

- By Melissa Garcia, 2021 Regional Partnership Intern

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