Interns Honored at IMPACT Awards

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(photo courtesy of Indiana INTERNnet) (photo courtesy of Indiana INTERNnet)

Indiana INTERNnet has revealed the winners of its annual IMPACT Awards. The program, which is managed by the Indiana Chamber, says the awards celebrate the interns, employers and career development professionals that make internship excellence possible throughout the state.

The awards were presented Tuesday during a luncheon that was emceed by Inside INdiana Business host Gerry Dick. Mike Slocum, executive director for Indiana INTERNnet says an internship experience is "vitally important" for students so they can stand out among their peers.

In an interview with Gerry Dick, Slocum said internships benefit more than just students.

"For employers, as a talent pipeline issue, our employers in particular are crying for talent around the state and they're recognizing the power of hosting interns at the high school and college levels to find the talent they need," said Slocum. "(They're) recognizing that there is a lot of value they can gain in a eight or 16-week experience with a student and then they're recognizing that it's not a philanthropic venture to host an intern, but they gain good things and then they have the opportunity to hire them full-time with the experiences they're looking for."

The 2019 IMPACT Award winners include:

  • College Intern of the Year: Gabriella Moline of Schererville (The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis; Butler University)
  • High School Intern of the Year: Omar Matthews of Shelbyville (Custom Machining; Blue River Career Programs)
  • Non-Traditional Intern of the Year: Jacob Bryant of Indianapolis (Distance Learning Systems; IUPUI)
  • Intern Supervisor of the Year: Diane Walton (netlogx) Indianapolis
  • Career Development Professional of the Year: Pat Rhodes (IUPUI) Indianapolis
  • Employer of the Year (For-profit): Ontario Systems, Muncie
  • Employer of the Year (Non-profit): Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division, Crane

You can learn more about each winner by clicking here.

In an interview with Gerry Dick, Slocum said internships benefit more than just students.
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