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June 11, 2015

Young Professionals of Wichita connects summer interns

Intern Return 2015

Meg Foreman - YPW Program & Marketing Manager

WICHITA, KAN. – As part of its efforts to attract talented young college graduates to Wichita, Young Professionals of Wichita (YPW) kicks off its summer intern return program on Thursday, June 11. The program, designed and implemented by YPW volunteers, connects summer interns with local professionals, introduces them to the Wichita community, and promotes Wichita as a place for permanent employment.

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. YPW will 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.

Sponsored by Cox Communications, the program includes three events for Intern Return participants: a party in the park at Sedgwick County Park, a scavenger hunt through Old Town, and a tailgate and ticket to the NBC Baseball Tournament. Participants will also be invited to attend other YPW events held during their summer internship to network with YPW members.

YPW Corporate Investors who are hosting summer interns can sign their students up for the program at no cost. Other businesses in the community can sign their students up for all aspects of the program for only $30. To do so or get more information, visit http://www.ypwichita.org/engage/participate-in-programs/intern-return/.

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.

Housed and staffed by the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce, YPW’s mission is to attract, engage and retain diverse young talent to effect positive change for a brighter future. With a membership of more than 2,500, YPW’s number one aspiration is brain gain for Wichita by facilitating professional and social connections, encouraging leadership development and building community pride. www.ypwichita.org.

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Contact: Suzy Finn, 316.268.1170 or sfinn@wichitachamber.org

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