Intern Connect – Employer Information

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Intern Program Coordinators

Here’s everything you need to know.

West Michigan Intern Connect will showcase the best our region has to offer to young talent. These events will give interns the chance to connect with their peers, the community, and West Michigan employers. This event is open to all interns in West Michigan. In 2016…

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Day in the Park

For many students, a summer internship might be the first time they work a 40 hour workweek. And you keep them busy. During this adjustment, interns might not venture out to do much on the week nights. If they are new to the area, they might not wander too far from their apartment or corporate campus on the weekends either. Intern Connect Day in the Park is designed to get interns downtown, see the sites, meet their peers from other companies, and just have a bit of fun.

These events are open to ALL interns, regardless of company or geographic location. You just need to be a current intern to register.

There are several ways for employers to be involved in Day in the Park:

  • Encourage your interns to register and attend.
    • We don’t have a direct line to your interns, but you do. Making Intern Connect a part of your summer calendar does a lot encourage attendance. Intern Connect Flyer for Interns.
  • Pay for you interns’ registration fees, either in full or in part (more than 20 companies paid for their interns in 2016!)
    • We have a great registration system that makes it easy on intern coordinators to pay for or subsidize registration fees. You don’t have to collect any info and you only get invoiced for the interns who actually register.
    • If you would like to do this, please contact Rachel Bartels at bartelsr@hellowestmichigan.com.
  • Host a carnival game at the event
    • If you’re looking to get your company name out there and promote your employment brand in a fun and interactive way to interns, this is a great way to do it. The cost is $350 and also includes a table at Networking Night (a $200 value). We provide the game, you just show up on event day with a table cloth, 2 representatives, and a smile.
    • If you would like to host a carnival game, please contact Rachel Bartels at bartelsr@hellowestmichigan.com.
  • Sponsor the event
    • If you really want to up the ante and gain employment brand recognition, this is a great way to do it. Sponsors at Day in the Park run the big attractions, like inflatables, volleyball court, and cornhole area (all popular attractions).
    • If you are interested in sponsoring Intern Connect Day in the Park, please contact Rachel Bartels at bartelsr@hellowestmichigan.com.

Networking Night

By the end of summer, many interns are sold on the region and want to make plans to stay. This event is intentionally scheduled later in the summer (July 11), by which time interns typically know if they will receive a full-time offer or not. Networking Night is an excellent opportunity to connect with interns who didn’t receive a full-time job offer and are looking for their next step, either an entry-level job or future internship.

This event is more relaxed than a career fair but more structured than a networking event. Register for a company table (high-top) but leave the bulky career fair table display behind.

Participating Employer – Table
Cost: $200

Benefits

  • Opportunity to network with current interns who can have already been screened, interviewed, and trained by other companies.
  • Name and logo listed on hellowestmichigan.com as a participating company
  • Registration for up to 2 company representatives (we highly recommend you bring a converted intern to represent with you!)

If you would like to register to host a company table at Professional Networking Night, contact Rachel Bartels at bartelsr@hellowestmichigan.com by July 8 to sign up.

 

 

Check out what we did at Intern Connect 2015

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Participating Companies
Employer Information
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Additional Resources

Download our Summer Intern Quick Start Guide, a great printed piece to share with your interns.

Don’t forget to join our LinkedIn Group for Interns and Recruiters.

2017 Sponsors

Premier Sponsor

Event Partner

Thank you to our company sponsors.