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Internships And The Workforce Connection

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May 31 2019

Every year hundreds of thousands of organizations and businesses around the country make the decision to host interns as part of their workforce. The concept of internships has greatly changed over the course of the last few decades, and what makes a quality, impactful, successful internship is very different now than ever.

Hosting interns is a big commitment—but one that can be critical to company growth and success. To help navigate how to create a quality internship program, we are excited to welcome Dr. Robert Shindell from InternBridge to Lancaster this summer as he leads an internship workshop.

We’re also honored to host local college presidents in our Wake Up to the Issues event, with an intentional discussion surrounding how we can bridge educational experiences and workforce development to ensure cultivating and placing talent is successful in our community.

Check out the guide below to explore these events and learn how you can participate.

Wake Up with the Issues: College Presidents Poised To Bridge Education, Workforce

Event Details: Wake Up with the Issues featuring local Lancaster college presidents on June 27 from 7:30-9:15am at HACC. This event takes place right before the Internship Workshop. Cost is $35  
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The Wake Up to the Issues events at the Lancaster Chamber typically focus on content that impacts the community, from workforce to legislation.

This edition features local college presidents who will be exploring how education and workforce can collaborate to ensure there is a pipeline of talent entering the community.

The program will include a welcome from HACC’s Dr. Ski; brief keynotes from Dr. Daniel Wubah (on the economic impact of higher education in Lancaster County); Dr. Barbara Altmann (on the importance of soft skills); and Dr. Bill Griscom (on the importance of hard skills).  A panel discussion and audience Q&A will follow.

The program will conclude with brief remarks from our two local retiring presidents, Dr. Carl Strikwerda (Elizabethtown College) and Dr. Peter Teague (Lancaster Bible College).

Others on the panel include:  Mary Grace Simcox (PA College of Health Sciences); Michael Molla (PA College of Art & Design); Lewis Thayne (Lebanon Valley College); Mary Jensen (Eastern Mennonite University); Dr. Stuart Savin (Lancaster County Career & Technology Center); and Dr. Linda Fedrizzi-Williams (Central Penn College).

Total Internship Workshop: Why Internships Can Be Crucial To Business Success


Event: Total Internship Workshop on June 27 from 9:30am-3:30pm at HACC. This event takes place directly after the Wake Up to the Issues program. 
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Total Internship Management Workshop with Dr. Robert Shindell will help equip attendees with the correct tools to create a quality internship program.

“A structured internship program is the key to a successful outcome,” says Robert. “Talent development and talent acquisition strategies of internship programs are critical.”

Robert is engaging and resourceful---helping attendees from a large variety of business and organizational backgrounds navigate options to ensure the most effective internship plan is in place.

“It is absolutely critical to develop future workforce as more and more employees are preparing to leave the workforce,” adds Robert.

He also noted the importance of keeping students local to help with an influx of new and sustainable workforce.

“We as a community want to keep talent that is developed here local,” says Robert. “We’ve got some amazing schools throughout Lancaster County. Why would we want these students to go anywhere else?”

With the support of a grant we received from the US Chamber, we are offering a discounted rate of $259 for for-profit organizations and $199 for non-profit/government organizations.

Attendees will learn how to:

  • Effectively implement an impactful internship program
  • Identify future hires with the only no-strings-attached 12-week interview
  • Create and maintain a pipeline of highly qualified and educated full-time job candidates
  • Increase your organization's brand awareness on college campuses
  • Build long-lasting relationships with local universities.
  • You will also receive FREE software to manage your intern projects and programs

Don’t miss this great opportunity to experience these events focused on utilizing education to impact workforce in the community, all while cultivating the next generation of community builders and business leaders.

“One of my favorite takeaways from this workshop is employers coming to the realization that to develop and deploy a meaningful internship initiative that meets their talent aquisition needs is not as difficult as they thought it was,” adds Robert.

For more information call the Lancaster Chamber at (717) 397-3531, email Register@lancasterchamber.com, or register online at one of the above links.

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