West Michigan Internship Initiative

As one of the founding partners of the West Michigan Internship Initiative, Hello West Michigan focuses the initiative on connecting employers, educational institutions, and workforce development, while providing employers with the resources necessary to build a successful internship program. There are several tools and initiatives aimed at connecting interns to employers, but it is imperative that the right structure is in place to make that connection a success.

The West Michigan Internship Initiative has two primary components:

1. Employer Internship Toolkit

Designed to provide resources for employers to assist with developing and/or enhancing an internship program. The toolkit includes information and templates that will assist with creating and managing internships.

The purpose of this toolkit is to:

  • Cover the 5 steps essential to structuring a successful internship program.
  • Outline each step in detail.
  • Provide templates, resources and information to assist with structuring an internship program.
  • Provide best practices for each step.

College Collaborator Contacts:

  • Cindy Brown, The Right Place, Inc.
  • Brigid Avery, Aquinas College
  • Laurie Lemmen, Calvin University
  • Brandi Melkid, Davenport University
  • Anne Gaertner, Cornerstone University
  • Kristie Scanlon, Grand Valley State University
  • Kasey Petro, Hope College
  • Jared Olson, Muskegon Community College
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2. Employer Internship Training Sessions (EITS)

If the 50+ page toolkit above seems daunting, attend a free training session where we’ll break it down. In addition to a step-by-step walk through from The Right Place Vice President of Talent Initiatives, Cindy Brown, sessions include representatives from college career services and an employer with a successful internship program.

At each session, presenters cover, at a minimum, the following items:

  • Employer benefits for having an internship program.
  • How to connect with education, workforce development and talent.
  • Things to consider before beginning an internship program.
  • How to address cultural and generational differences between incumbent workers and interns.
  • The five steps essential to structuring an internship program.
  • Best practices and frequently asked questions.
  • Additional resources such as career fairs, online tools and networking groups.

2019/2020 Training Session Dates

  • August 13 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. at Hope College
  • September 18 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. at GVSU
  • October 15 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. at Cornerstone University
  • November 13 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. at Aquinas College
  • January 9th 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at Calvin University
  • February 19 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. at Muskegon Community College
  • March 29 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at Davenport
  • April 23 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.  at Davenport University
  • May 13 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at GVSU
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