Geauga Growth Partnership Hosts Open House on January 14 to Introduce the 2019 Summer Internship Program

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What is on the minds of students approaching the close of their high school careers? Finding their best path to success! What is the greatest challenge for employers today? Finding and retaining Workforce! The Geauga Growth Partnership High School Summer Internship Program is building bridges to success for students and employers.

To give Geauga students a leg up on finding their career paths and give employers a pipeline to their workforce, Geauga Growth Partnership annually hosts its High School Summer Internship Program.

Don’t miss this opportunity open to students and their parents to learn more about GGP’s High School Internship Program. Monday, January 14th from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Kent State University Geauga campus, Geauga Growth Partnership (GGP) hosts a program to introduce the specifics for high school students interested in participating in the 2019 High School Summer Internship Program.

“We have seen so many success stories come out of these internships. Students gain much more than a paycheck,” said Intern Program Coordinator Georgia Klemencic. “It is so fulfilling for us to see the students move into rewarding career paths. Many of our businesses are retaining long-term employment relationships with their interns.” The GGP Summer Internship Program, which began in 2012, was designed to give high school students valuable real world, paid work experiences with Geauga companies. Since inception, 181 students have successfully completed the program. On average, 50% of the employers have asked the student interns to continue employment, either seasonally or as a full-time employee.

At the January 14th Open House, Ms. Klemencic will give an overview of Internship Program guidelines, and sponsoring business representatives will give an overview of their companies and what their internship positions will entail. 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 on May 6th and give a presentation during a recognition event on August 8th. To help student applicants prepare, on February 4, 2019 GGP will hold a training workshop in interviewing skills open to all applicants to the program.

The deadline for student applications is 5:00 p.m. Friday, February 1, 2019. 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 http://www.geaugagrowthpartnership.com/internship-program.

For more information about the internship Program, contact Georgia Klemencic at gklemencic@geaugagrowth.com.

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. For more information visit Geauga Growth Partnership, contact info@geaugagrowth.com or call 440-564-1060.

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