Internships a Valuable Regional Resource

Louisville internshipsMarch 2012 labor statistics indicate an unemployment rate around 9.7%, but for those younger than 25 years of age it was nearly 18.8%. For college students, it’s tough enough to get a degree, and without experience, getting a job can be even harder. Internships can set the stage a successful future, especially in today’s tough economy. Having an internship on a resume could propel an applicant to the front of the line

Of course helping a college student or recent graduate get some real-world work experience is important for their future – but it’s also a great way for an employer to get the fresh perspective and enthusiasm of a motivated young worker. The KIX team knows this first hand, having employed several local interns over the past several summers. And we highly recommend it.

In the KIX region, we’ve got a great internship program supported by HIRE (Higher Income Requires Education) and Greater Louisville Inc. (GLI) – the Metro Chamber of Commerce. More than just another internship posting sight, “Intern to Earn” provides employers easy access to quality internships. It also assists the interns in their search for opportunities by helping them meet other interns, find cool things to do when they’re not working, and build their professional network by introducing them to community leaders and young professionals.

In short, “Intern to Earn” is helping to create an intern-friendly culture in our region – for students and employers. Visit www.InterntoEarn.com to find out more.

And don’t miss the “Kick-0ff Luncheon” on June 5th at the Muhammad Ali Center, Check In: 11:30 AM-12:00 PM; Program: 12:00 PM- 1:00 PM. It’s the official welcome to students interning in Greater Louisville and the kickoff of “Intern To Earn’s” Summer in Lou program. Employers and interns across Greater Louisville are invited to meet other interns, connect with business leaders, network and learn about the energy and innovation that surrounds Greater Louisville. You’ll hear from community leaders, employers and past interns while learning about the exciting events and opportunities lined up for the Summer in Lou program. Visit http://interntoearn1.eventbrite.com/ to register.