O’Brien offers insight into implementation of Internship+
4 Jun 2017
The Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance Internship+ Program was created to add value to internships with an educational lunch series designed especially for area interns.
The Growth Alliance has several goals for this program.
First and foremost, the main priority is that all interns have a positive experience during their time in Fort Dodge, with the ultimate goal to return to the region for full employment.
Through this program, they hope to add value to the companies offering the internship and create awareness of the industries in the region.
Along with that, if the intern has a positive experience, the Growth Alliance is hoping they go back to school and tell their friends, family and classmates what the Internship+ Program did to help them succeed.
Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance’s Economic Development Director Kelly Halsted acknowledges: “We are kicking off our fourth year of our Internship+ Program. We try to add something new each year and improve upon the program. We have had continual support from the companies in the region. These companies provide the practical experience, and we provide soft skills training to make them successful in their future career.”
This year, the Internship+ Program will be managed by me, the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance learning associate. I graduated from Iowa State University with a double major in Management and Marketing. I am originally from Glidden and I’m very excited for this opportunity to work for the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance and get involved in Fort Dodge’s community.
This year, the Growth Alliance’s Internship+ Program will host 24 interns from local businesses including Cargill, Fort Dodge Convention and Visitors Bureau, the City of Fort Dodge, Woodruff Construction, Elanco, Spin Markket, Snyder & Associates, Decker Truck Lines, and McClure Engineering Co.