Centre College’s Center for Career & Professional Development (CCPD) recently teamed up with the Bonner Program to host its first internship fair for students to connect with local partners for internship opportunities.
Assistant Director of CCPD Mindy Wilson said they decided that Danville has a plethora of great local partners that they wanted to help students connect with in one place.
A total of 26 local partners were represented on Oct. 18, covering everything from for-profit and non-profit organizations, to interests including science, medical, marketing and immigration.
“I’m really happy with the wide variety of organizations we had,” Wilson said. “This allows students to see that there’s a wealth of opportunity in Danville. We have valuable connections and a lot of great partners.”
Ron Jackson, president of The Idea Farm, came to the fair hoping to recruit interns. Over the years, Jackson has had a total of 34 interns, with 29 from Centre.
“Some of them stumble in the door themselves, but because of Mindy and her group, they have been directed to us,” Jackson said. “If you’re interested in marketing or international communications, this may be a good place for you to learn a little bit more about the real world.”
Jackson said The Idea Farm has had excellent experiences with Centre interns.
“Generally, Centre students tend to be very willing to work hard,” he added.
Bonner Program and Community Service Coordinator Liz Brandt said she hopes the internship fair continues every year, and with this year being a trial run, that it will continue to grow with more students attending the next round.
by Kerry Steinhofer
October 20, 2017