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May 22, 2013

Intern Return 2013

Program Kicks off in June

Heather Bohrer

In a survey of 2012 college graduates by Accenture, 41 percent said they were working in positions unrelated to their college majors and another seven percent were still unemployed. For many students, the answer to the problem of weak hiring is to work in an internship or cooperative education position prior to graduation.

This summer, companies all across Wichita will employ such interns from local colleges and across the nation to help them gain the real-world experience they need to increase the chances of finding full-time employment after graduation. Young Professionals of Wichita plans to assist those companies in showing the students everything Wichita has to offer in hopes they’ll want to stay in the Wichita area after graduation.

YPW’s Intern Return program is designed to connect summer interns with local professionals, introduce them to the Wichita community, and promote Wichita as an opportunity for permanent employment. The program includes three intern-exclusive events for Intern Return participants:

1. Wingnuts Tailgate & Game: On June 6, interns will meet at Lawrence Dumont Stadium at 6:00 to tailgate prior to the Wichita Wingnuts baseball game. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet interns from a variety of companies and universities to start forming connections.

2. Residential Housing Tour: On June 24, YPW members will welcome interns to their homes for a behind-the-scenes tour of housing options in the Wichita area. Attendees will hear personal experiences of what it can be like to live, work, and play in the Wichita area.

3. BBQ Bash: On July 16, interns will close the summer with some friendly competition including volleyball, kickball, and yard games at Sedgwick County Park.

YPW’s business case states that YPs starting a new job need to establish connections outside of the office within the first three to six months to reduce the likelihood that they’ll leave the area. Intern Return hopes to help students make these connections before they’re even in full-time positions.

All students participating in the program will also be invited to attend any YPW events held during the summer. This is where you, our loyal YPW members, come in. Help us convince these students that Wichita is the best place for their post-graduate employment! When you meet students at our events, welcome them to the area, engage them in conversation, and offer your networking or mentoring wisdom!

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