Jeff City START is an initiative of the Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce to connect students seeking internships to employers offering internships and connect those students who are interning in Jefferson City to our community.  The program offers interns opportunities to learn more about Jefferson City, to network with community leaders and young professionals, and to grow professionally and personally as they begin to make choices about their career paths.  Jeff City START began in May 2011 when Jefferson City’s young professionals reached out to students who had already obtained internships in Jefferson City with the hope to provide them with networking and learning opportunities and show them that Jefferson City is a great community for young professionals to work, grow, and live.

The program kicks off with a half day orientation known as JC101 – Summer Intern Kickoff.  The Kickoff includes lunch with community leaders along with young professionals and a tour of our beautiful City showcasing to the interns all of the perks of our community.  The Jeff City START program also offers interns three “Lunch & Learns” and the opportunity to attend a Young Professionals (YP) lunch meeting.  Not only does the START program offer professional development, it also offers a numerous amount of social and networking opportunities to the interns. 

Jeff City START also offers a certificate program, Jeff City START Academy.  Interns that choose to participate in the academy have the opportunity to obtain a certificate of completion for signifying that they are now better prepared for entrance into the workforce.  A certificate is obtained through a points system.  Each event or assignment is worth a certain amount of points.  Once an intern accrues enough points to ”graduate” from the academy, they are eligible to receive the certificate from the Chamber of Commerce.  Graduating interns are rewarded their certificates at the Commencement event held at the end of the program.


Jacob Robinett - Chairman, Missouri Public Service Commission
Amber Hall, DeLong's, Inc.
Sarah Bohl, Jefferson City Magazine
Ken Hussey, Missouri State Alliance of YMCAs
Tina Mason, 
State of Missouri - OA/Division of Personnel

Kristi Naught, Missouri State Government
Travis Reynders, Gary Sinise Foundation
Zac Schoene, Wallstreet Group
Daniel Toosley, Central Bank
Allyn Witt, Keller Williams 

Missy Bonnot, Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce ​


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