Indiana’s INTERNnet Program is a Catalyst for Experiential Learning

Indiana’s INTERNnet program is a key strategy for retaining Indiana’s talented students. The power of an internship is mighty, especially since jobs are the primary reason that people stay or leave the Henry County community.

What qualifies as an internship?  An internship is a form of structured and supervised experiential leaning that provides students with practical experience in their chosen field.  Traditionally those looking for an internship are high school students, degree or non-degree students, career-changers, returning students, or graduate students. Internships can be short-term, project-based, virtual, or traditional.

What’s in it for the employer? Benefits for employers include increased productivity, reduced recruiting costs, fresh perspectives, completion of back-burner projects, and talent retention.

What’s in it for the intern? Students benefit by applying coursework to real world situations, exploring career interests, building skills and resume material, and expanding their network. Often, internships lead to full-time employment.

What is Indiana’s INTERNnet? This no-cost resource links student with employers and provides helpful guidance. Visit the website at www.indianaintern.net

An employer’s perspective:

“Crown believes community involvement plays a positive role in recruiting good employees and understands the importance of a skilled workforce. Relationships such as the one we have with New Castle Career Center are valuable investments in the future of U.S. manufacturing that will help career opportunities and ensure manufacturing companies have the qualified workers they need. This internship program has proved that you can develop high-quality, motivated employees that leave high school with experience and high-tech skills.” – Shelley York, Human Resources Manager, Crown Equipment Corporation

Local internship success stories

Quinton McGaughey

Quinton is a New Castle High School graduate who was in the Advanced Manufacturing and Logistics last school year. After training and receiving three IVY Tech credits an APEX Certification as well as a White Belt Six Sigma Certification he began working part-time for AAM (formerly Grede). He currently is working at AAM in the Maintenance program.

 

 

Drew Greenwood

Drew is a student from Knightstown who was in the Advanced Manufacturing and Logistics class in the 2015-2016 school years. After training and receiving three IVY Tech credits, Drew received both APEX and MSSC Certifications and began working part-time at Bastian in Greenfield. He continues to work with Bastian and attend IVY Tech full-time as he is training in Robotics for Bastian.

 

 

Brady Renner

Brady is a New Castle High School graduate who was in the Advanced Manufacturing and Logistics class in the 2014-2015 school years. After training and receiving three IVY Tech credits and receiving an APEX certification, he began working part-time at Crown in New Castle. He is currently working full-time at Crown in the maintenance department.

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