Intern Program Coordinators

Here’s everything you need to know.

In an effort to recruit talented young people to the area, Intern Connect is a half-day professional development conference designed to teach area interns about West Michigan’s lifestyle and abundant economic opportunity. Not your typical professional development conference, Intern Connect 2019 was focused on soft essential skills. Interns were able to meet their peers, network, get career advice, and grow as a professional. This event is open to any and all interns in West Michigan.

In the last five years…

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For many students, a summer internship might be the first time they work a 40 hour workweek. During this adjustment, interns might be new to communicating in the workplace, networking, and navigating their career. Intern Connect 2019 was designed to help interns own their internship, grow as a professional, and discover West Michigan.

2019 Sessions Included:

  • A Positive Workplace Starts with You – Dr. Dave
  • Interpreting Dress Codes – AK Rikk’s
  • Navigating Networking Events
  • Snack and Networking Break
  • Young Professional Panel: Real Talk on Adulting

Intern Connect may be over for Summer 2019, but that doesn’t mean your interns have to miss out. This year we recorded each of the sessions at Intern Connect and they are now available for purchase. If you are interested in purchasing the video package to add to your intern training library, contact Jessica Kuster at

This event is 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 Intern Connect:

  • Sponsor: Sponsor a session or employer table. This includes logo placement on our website and marketing materials. Intern Connect is a unique branding opportunity because all attendees are current interns, meaning they are a high caliber of students. This professional development conference is a chance to gain valuable exposure for your employment brand through interactions with students in a casual atmosphere.
  • Pay for Intern Registration Fees: This is the best way to encourage your interns to attend and easiest for you. Contact us for group registration or to set up a discount code for individual registration.
  • Promote: We provide marketing materials and you promote it to your interns.

Interested in becoming a sponsor for Intern Connect? Email our Program Manager, Jessica Kuster, at

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Additional Resources

Download our Summer Intern Quick Start Guide, a great printed resource to get you started.

Subscribe to The Intern Inform, our weekly enewsletter created for interns, by interns.

2019 Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor

Adulting Panel Sponsor

Snack and Networking Break Sponsor

Interpreting Dress Codes Sponsor

Navigating Networking Sponsor

Navigating Networking Sponsor

Navigating Networking Sponsor

Events Sponsors