Economic Development News

Jefferson City START connects local interns to community - enhances intern experience
Published: Tuesday, June 20, 2017
By: Missy Bonnot, Director, Economic Development

Since its inception in 2011, the Jefferson City START program continues to grow in popularity and value.  Designed to connect local interns to our community and enhance their intern experience, the program is an initiative of the Chamber and began with the Young Professionals. 

The summer program began on June 1 with 40 interns at our kick-off event, JC-101. The event was held at Avenue HQ,  621 E. Capitol. Mayor Carrie Tergin welcomed the interns to the community. The interns were then divided into small groups to learn about different areas of interest in the community such as the eclipse, weekend adventures, service, fitness, and live entertainment. The students rotated through each of these round-tables, spending 10 minutes at each. 

Next on the agenda was a trolley ride to our downtown destination where the interns were once again divided into small groups according to their field of study. The interns had an opportunity to sit down and chat with industry professionals in one of several industry groups:  Agriculture/Natural Resources, Business/Finance/Health, Engineering/Technology, Law/Government and Public Relations/Marketing/Non-Profits.

Interns joined the Jefferson City Young Professionals (YP) group for lunch, having an opportunity to network and also enjoy a presentation from author and professional speaker Joyce Layman from Kansas City, MO.

Three Intern Lunch & Learns are planned for the summer:

  1. True Colors® Personality Test - Katy Lacy, Human Resources Specialist with Missouri State Employees’ Retirement System and Certified True Colors® Facilitator, will discuss True Colors®, a model for understanding yourself and others based on your personality temperament. Identifying your personality and the personalities of others using True Colors provides you with insights into different motivations, actions and communication approaches.

  2. Office “In Real Life” -. Ken Hussey, Director of Leadership and Civic Engagement at Missouri State Alliance of YMCA’s and Third Ward City Councilman for Jefferson City, and Amber Hall, Human Resources Manager for DeLong’s, Inc. will speak about the process of transitioning from student to professional. What to do to make yourself stand out and become a valuable part of the organization, as well as expectations your employer may have as far as conduct and decorum.
  3. Getting Hired-Lunch with HR Professionals - A panel of Human Resource directors from some of Jefferson City’s largest employers will address topics such as how to find your first job, tips for finding a job here in Jefferson City, how to make your resume stand out, how to stand out in an interview plus many other tips about the process of getting hired.

A special thank you to our START committee for making this program happen!  Committee members are:  Amber Hall, Chairman, DeLong’s, Inc.; Cassandra Atchison, Modern Litho-Print Co.; Elizabeth Brondel, American Family Insurance - Greg Kolb Agency; Amie Coleman, Carson & Coil; Ken Hussey, City of Jefferson; Katy Lacy, Missouri State - Employees' Retirement System; Kristi Naught, Missouri State Government; Jacob Robinett, Missouri Public Service Commission; Daniel Toosley, Central Bank; Glenda Whitney, State Technical College of MO.

If you are an intern in Jefferson City or if your company has interns, you are encouraged to register them for Jeff City START.  Please contact Missy Bonnot, Director, Economic Development, at the Chamber if you have questions about the program or visit 

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