Sonya Snellenberger-Holm Honored with Indiana Internship Award
IndianaINTERN.Net Recognizes Regional Partnership
In February 2020, Sonya Snellenberger-Holm was awarded the Intern Supervisor of the Year by IndianaINTERN.net at the 14th Annual IMPACT Awards Luncheon!
The luncheon is a celebration of internship excellence. Indiana INTERNnet honors nominees and winners in the categories of Intern of the Year, Employer of the Year, Internship Supervisor of the Year and Career Development Professional of the Year. The nominations are submitted by the public and winners are chosen by a group of impartial judges.
Ten winners were recognized in the categories of Intern of the Year (college; high school, which featured a three-way tie; and non-traditional), Employer of the Year (non-profit and for-profit), Career Development Professional of the Year (high school and college) and Intern Supervisor of the Year. The winners were chosen from over 150 nominations.
Sonya was recognized for her program development, leadership and commitment to developing talent in Northeast Indiana.
Read a summary of her achievements:
“Sonya Snellenberger-Holm takes on many roles. She is a Gallup-certified CliftonStrengths coach, teaches communications at Purdue University Fort Wayne and leads the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership’s (NEIRP) internship program for employers in the 11-county area. She also manages an intern every summer and makes it her goal to provide interns with the best possible experience.
Snellenberger-Holm spends weeks preparing a project portfolio for her interns before they arrive. She helps them build their skills so they can gradually become more independent and rely on their own abilities. Being a CliftonStrengths coach, she works with the interns to understand their talents and how those impact their work.
Snellenberger-Holm also makes an effort to get to know her interns on a personal and professional level. She uses that knowledge to create networking and development opportunities for the interns, utilizing her own network of contacts. She connects with the interns on a friendly level, while simultaneously maintaining a professional demeanor – a rare combination that helps dissolve interns’ nervousness in a new work situation.
By overseeing NEIRP’s summertime professional development workshops, Snellenberger-Holm promotes opportunities to learn about topics like project management, dinner etiquette and mindfulness. These events are not just available to her own interns, but those throughout the region.”
David R. McKinnis Community Partner Award
During the luncheon, the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership was also honored with the David R. McKinnis Community Partner award because of its leadership in building community partnerships through its Regional Internship Program for Employers.
A new special recognition, the David R. McKinnis Community Partner award, honored three programs that are working to better their communities by creating quality internships and experiential learning opportunities. McKinnis served as Indiana INTERNnet board president from the program’s 2006 affiliation with the Indiana Chamber until his retirement from Purdue University at the end of 2019.
Beginning in 2017, the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership formally endorsed internships as a key business driver for increasing business investment in the region. Recognizing that internships are uniquely effective in talent attraction, retention and development, the broader regional team devoted staff to the effort and assembled a high-functioning committee of regional leaders.
The Regional Partnership itself makes it a team effort to focus on the intern’s professional development. In addition to an intern having a manager who is responsible for their day-to-day work, individuals from different teams volunteer to be an intern’s mentor. A mentor is responsible for meeting with the intern on a regular basis to promote the intern’s professional growth.
Thank you to the Indiana Chamber and IndianaINTERN.net for their leadership and recognition of internship champions and individuals around the state. Indiana Chamber partners with 25,000 members and investors—representing over four million Hoosiers—to achieve the mission of “cultivating a world-class environment which provides economic opportunity and prosperity.”
Indiana INTERNnet, a program managed by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, is the catalyst for expanding the creation and use of experiential learning opportunities as a key strategy in retaining Indiana’s top talent.
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