Student Professional, Personal Growth Focus of Professional Development Series

June 28th, 2021

Over 100 Interns Attend Virtual Events 

This summer’s Professional Development Series is in full (virtual) effect! With three of seven sessions under our belt, we’ve welcomed a total of 115 students, representing 22 companies and 30 universities.

Northeast Indiana businesses offering summer internships are encouraged to invite interns to attend the Professional Development Series for Interns. In partnership with the South Bend Regional Chamber, the virtual events focus on developing professional skills in young talent and showcasing opportunities in the region. 

The series kicked off with an introductory session informing both interns and managers of what to expect over the course of the summer. Interns were presented with additional information on how to have a positive summer internship experience, while managers were taught how to apply the session material to their work/organization through conversations with their interns.

The second session really set the tone for the rest of the summer with the importance of addressing mental health. Dr. Nancy Michael, who primarily researches neuroscience and behavior at the University of Notre Dame, did a great job of explaining the neurological viewpoint of mental health. Thanks to her experience, students were able to easily understand the different elements that affect mental health and how to leverage tools to address their own mental health no matter the situation.

The most recent session touched base on conflict resolution techniques. Dr. Scott Liebhauser, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at Indiana Tech, facilitated a conversation with students that involved recognizing one’s stress style, overcoming roadblocks in conflict, and working through a scenario-based conflict. The open atmosphere encouraged students to share from personal experience and collectively work together towards identifying action steps in facilitating a conflict that arises.

“I particularly enjoyed this session with Dr. Liebhauser because I learned why people react in a variety of ways when in conflict. As someone who tries to avoid conflict as much as possible, this session reassured me that not every conflict has to be negative,” reflects Melissa Garcia, Talent Initiatives intern at the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership.

The next internship session is at 3 p.m. on Thursday, July 8 and interns can register by visiting the Regional Internship Program website. The next professional development session, Discover Indiana, will focus on showing interns all there is to do in Indiana, ranging from activities to experiences.