It was a full house on the evening of Monday, January 22nd at Kent State University Geauga campus, when Geauga Growth Partnership (GGP) hosted a program for more than 100 participants to introduce the specifics for high school students interested in participating in the 2018 High School Summer Internship Program.
“This program is not just about getting a summer job,” said Intern Program Coordinator Georgia Klemencic. “Students who enter the program gain so much more than a paycheck. The paycheck is the bonus, but the real value is in all you will learn from the businesses throughout your experience.”
The GGP Summer Internship Program, now in its seventh year, was designed to give high school students valuable real world, paid work experiences with Geauga companies. Since inception, 156 students have successfully completed the program. In 2017, 51% of the employers asked the student interns to continue employment, either seasonally or as a full time employee.
Following an overview of Internship Program guidelines presented by Ms. Klemencic, a number of business representatives offering positions this summer gave an overview of their company and what the internship will entail. Barbara Titus, V.P. for Sheoga Hardwood Flooring and Paneling and participating business sponsor since the program began in 2012, gave an enthusiastic endorsement for the program. As did other employers like Kimm Leininger, Executive Director for United Way Services of Geauga and Hope Brustein, Executive Director of Rescue Village Geauga County Humane Society.
During the internship, successful applicants will commit to a 6-8 week internship, attend two workshops hosted by GGP that include training in soft skills, finance management and workplace behavior. Each student applicant will participate in at least four interviews at businesses. Students who earn an internship will participate in an orientation in May and give a presentation during a recognition event in August. As a new offering this year, GGP will hold a training workshop in interviewing skills for all applicants to the program.
To qualify, students must be a junior or senior in high school, living in Geauga County, and be at least 17 years
old by June 1st. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.0, with passing grades in all courses. A full listing of
Intern guidelines, applications, and available positions may be found at Geauga Growth Partnership Summer Intern Program.
The deadline for student applications is 5:00 p.m. Friday, February 9th. For more information about the internship Program, contact Georgia Klemencic [email protected].
GGP is a 501 (C) 3 non-profit organization created in 2010, which works to advance the Geauga business community, retain and grow jobs, contribute to business growth and strengthen the local economy. Geauga Growth Partnership’s mission is to enhance the business climate, encourage job creation, to strengthen economic prosperity and to improve the quality of life for all Geauga County residents. Geauga Growth Partnership was recognized for its outreach and growth by being “2017 Non-profit of the Year” by Lake Geauga Fast Track 50. For more information visit Geauga Growth Partnership, contact [email protected] or call 440-564-1060.