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Nominate Your Awesome Summer Intern for Intern of the Year!

Did you have a rock star intern this summer?

Recognize the great work they did by nominating them for Intern of the Year through Indiana INTERNnet’s IMPACT Awards!

The IMPACT Awards is an annual celebration of internship success stories. We accept nominations from the public in the categories of Intern of the Year, Employer of the Year, and Career Development Professional of the Year. Then, we’ll recognize all nominees and unveil the winners at the annual awards luncheon on February 8, 2017 at the Ivy Tech Corporate College and Culinary Center in Indianapolis.

Last year’s event was full of energy! We had more than 50 nominees with stories of accomplishment that we shared with nearly 400 attendees. Learn more about our nominees and winners in BizVoice magazine and on our blog.

This year’s luncheon will be a “slam dunk” with 6’2” hometown basketball legend (and former NBA intern!) Tamika Catchings …

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From Yard to Office

Johnny Slivka is an HR/Business Development Intern with Milliner & Associates. He will graduate from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business this year.

Following my senior year in high school, as some may say, I entered the real world. The first Saturday of the summer is where it all started.

My first day of work – not sports, not school – but real work. On this day instead of strapping up my cleats or tying my shoe laces, I was lacing up my boots and was ready to get after it. I was working as part of an installation crew planting trees. Some may not understand the process of planting a tree, but it’s very hard work. From digging the hole to moving the tree to cleaning up, it is all physically demanding.

Fast forward four years later and every day I can I’m lacing up my boots …

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Intern to Full-Time Employee: What Does it Take?

Internships aren’t just for gaining real-world experience in your desired field. They are more than just programs to receive college credit, too.

Interns have an especially advantageous position within a company that has potential to turn into a full-time offer. It’s best for interns and employers to sit down at the beginning of their experience to discuss some goals they wish to accomplish with each other. If full-time employment is a possibility at the end of the internship, interns can treat their 10-12 weeks as an ongoing interview. Here is some more advice on how you can be remembered as the rock star intern who turned into their next full-time employee.

Be dependable. Employers want to see that you are arriving on time to work, successfully hitting your deadlines, and ready to help out whenever needed. Pay attention to detail and do your work consistently well. Network with your co-workers. …

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Finding Value as an Intern with International Floral Distributors

Brittany Ulman is a senior Creative Writing student at Ball State University with minors in Professional Writing & Emerging Media and Spanish. Currently, she is the marketing intern for International Floral Distributors (IFD). She will write press releases for the company and its Flower Trend Forecast, as well as work on projects to enhance distributor services for IFD’s vendor partners.

My internship at IFD has definitely been a whirlwind to say the least.

Even though I was not completely prepared for the way in which I was propelled into the previously foreign world known as the flower industry, that exact phenomenon is one of the reasons why I have enjoyed my time at IFD.

There is something about not knowing all of the details and the need to learn more about those unfamiliar technicalities that makes this internship so valuable. Simply put, my college education, though wonderful and well-rounded, cannot teach me as much …

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Katy Robinson: Making an IMPACT

Indiana INTERNnet celebrated internship excellence on Feb. 3, 2016, at the 10th Annual IMPACT Awards luncheon. Though the event is over and the winners have been announced, we are continuing to celebrate the nominees’ successes.

 These are their stories.

Katy Robinson is a student at Butler University studying Strategic Communications: PR & Advertising and minoring in Digital Media Productions. She plans to graduate in 2017. Learn more about her internship with the Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce.

Indiana INTERNnet: You produced marketing materials for several Chamber events and initiatives. How did it feel to be given that responsibility as an intern?

Katy Robinson: The Chamber gave me a lot of freedom and independence to use my own skills, which allowed me to get creative and think outside of the box. Because of this freedom, I was able to improve my time management and communication skills. I would send …

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