Chamber Honors Interns and Supporting Companies
The Indiana Chamber of Commerce has announced the winners of the 16th Annual Indiana IMPACT Awards, which honors student interns and the employers that support internship programs. The program is presented by Work and Learn Indiana, a program of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce.
In an interview with Inside INdiana Business host Gerry Dick, who served as emcee, Institute for Workforce Excellence Executive Director Todd Hurst said in light of current workforce challenges, internships are revealing value like never before.
“When you look at the opportunities afforded through work-based learning, to build on the job skills, to develop relationships, open doors to otherwise weren’t there, certainly creates an opportunity for students to see the value of their work and see a place for them in the Indiana economy,” said Hurst.
Work and Learn Indiana is a program of the Indiana Institute for Workforce Excellence, a subsidiary of the Indiana Chamber. Formerly known as Indiana INTERNnet, the program cultivates the creation and expansion of high-quality experiential learning opportunities within the state.
“The ongoing partnerships between employers and high schools and higher education institutions should be a point of pride for the state and it’s exciting to see,” said Hurst.
The awards program offers nine categories and saw 80-plus nominees. Below is the list of winners:
• College Intern of the Year: Jenna Burow, Purdue University (Fishers)
• High School Intern of the Year: Shelby Rosenberger, Franklin County High School (Brookville)
• Non-Traditional Intern of the Year: Dana Perez, The Children’s Museum (Indianapolis)
• College Career Development Professional of the Year: Kathy Kassissieh, Rose‐Hulman Institute of Technology (Terre Haute)
• High School Career Development Professional of the Year: Eric Feller, Oldenburg Academy (Oldenburg)
• Intern Supervisor of the Year: Kameron Utter, Quest Safety Products Inc. (Indianapolis)
• Employer of the Year (For-Profit): Corteva Agriscience (Indianapolis)
• Employer of the Year (Non-Profit): Indiana Park and Recreation Association (Noblesville)
• David R. McKinnis Community Partner Award: Teresa Lubbers, Indiana Commission for Higher Education (Indianapolis)
Click here to learn more about the program.