Over a decade ago, Indiana INTERNnet began the tradition of celebrating internship excellence with the annual IMPACT Awards program. That tradition continues to grow with the addition of a fourth award category: Intern Supervisor of the Year.

Indiana INTERNnet, managed by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, is a statewide organization focusing on talent retention through increased work-and-learn experiences.

The IMPACT Awards, presented at an annual luncheon, have traditionally honored three categories: Interns of the Year (high school, college and non-traditional), Employers of the Year (for-profit and not-for-profit) and a Career Development Professional of the Year.

The new category will recognize internship supervisors who work directly with interns at their organizations. The award will be presented to the nominee who has gone above and beyond the standard expectations of a supervisor.

Nominations for IMPACT Awards are submitted by employers, schools, interns and more. Winner are chosen by a panel of impartial judges. The deadline to submit nominations is October 31 at 5 p.m. EDT. Late submissions will not be accepted

The 2018 Intern of the Year winners are continuing to make an impact in their communities:

College Intern of the Year Jerica Mitchell was honored for her contributions to the Indiana Minority Health Coalition, Inc. She graduated from Indiana State University in 2017 with a degree in health science and a minor in business administration. She aspires to be an executive director of a nonprofit organization or a hospital administrator.

Camisa Vines, High School Intern of the Year, was and still is an instructing intern with the South Bend Code School. She is also a development intern at Luma, Brighter Learning. Camisa is starting college this fall at Indiana University-Bloomington to pursue a degree in computer science.

Miranda Goodwin, who was named Non-Traditional Intern of the Year for her work with the Wabash Valley Community Foundation, graduated from Indiana State University in 2017 with a degree in mathematics. She currently resides in her hometown of Rockville with her family.

The IMPACT Awards recognize these interns, as well as supervisors, employers and career development professionals who are making a difference in Indiana. View the list of previous winners.

Indiana INTERNnet will celebrate internship excellence for the 13th consecutive year on February 26, 2019 at the Ritz Charles event center in Carmel. Registration to attend the event will open soon.

If your organization would like to start an internship program, or if you’re looking for assistance with expanding your current program, Indiana INTERNnet is here to help. We provide a web site to facilitate student-employer matches at no cost, and we also have instructional resources to help you build an outstanding internship program.

Employers can also apply for EARN Indiana funds, a program managed by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, and receive reimbursement for up to 50% of an eligible intern’s wage. Students registered on IndianaINTERN.net can fill out a simple form to find out if they qualify for EARN Indiana.

To register for our free services, visit www.IndianaINTERN.net, or call (317) 264-6874 to speak with our staff about your internship needs.

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