Economic Development News

Successful Summer for Jeff City START
Record number of interns participate in program
Published: Monday, August 15, 2016
By: Missy Bonnot, Director, Economic Development

It has been another successful summer for the Jeff City START program.  In the five years of this program a record of over 60 interns registered for the kick-off event, JC-101.  This event highlighted various aspects of living in Jefferson City to showcase all of the perks of our community and also provide the opportunity to network with established local business professionals within the interns’ fields of study. The event concluded with the interns joining the Young Professionals for their monthly meeting.  Guest speaker was Elizabeth Huber, Huber and Associates, who shared her entrepreneurial journey from small local business to a national organization. 

Three Lunch and Learns were also hosted for the interns this summer to focus on areas of professional development.  The first was how to make a positive impression in the workplace facilitated by Clyde Lear, Founder of Learfield Communications, and Nikki Pursley, Digital Media Director, Communique. 

The second  focused on transitioning from student to professional. Dan Westhues, Sr. Vice President at Central Bank, and Janet Weckenborg, Vice President of Operations at Capital Region Medical Center, spoke about the expectations of and necessity for appropriate decorum in the workplace.

The third was “Lunch with an HR Panel.” Terry Donner (Scholastic), Guy Hulen (Job Finders), Sarah Morrow (Capital Region Medical Center) and Ken Enloe (Huber & Associates) joined the interns for lunch and discussed resumes, interview tips, how to stand out in an interview, and other advice on the process of getting hired.

This year, START was transformed into an academy-style program. Involvement in the START Academy provided the interns with participation points. If enough points were earned, interns obtained a certificate of completion, signifying that they are now better prepared for entrance into the workforce.  28 students received the certification and a commencement was held on July 27th to honor them.  This certificate can be added to their resume to signify not only their achievement but their interest and investment in community and professional development.

 “This is the fifth year for this program and it continues to grow and improve with every year. The Academy program really helped to engage and involve this great group of interns throughout the summer,” Amber Hall, Chairman of the Jeff City START program said, “This is an important program for Jefferson City as we work to attract young talent to our area, and we are grateful for the continued support of our local businesses.”  

Congratulations to all our interns, and good luck to all of you that are returning to college, and hopefully we will see you again next year!

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