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Emily Brooks - 7/18/2017

This summer, Indiana INTERNnet hosted intern networking events at the Fountain Square Theatre Building and The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. Both offered entertaining educational and networking opportunities – and we’re not done yet! Interns will gather at the Indiana State Fair on August 4 for our final summer event.

On June 2nd, the Indy Chamber hosted Indy Intern Connection in partnership with Indiana INTERNnet at the Fountain Square Theatre Building. Employers and interns from all over the city were invited to hang out on the rooftop garden, play duckpin bowling and network.

Matt Impink, director of policy & civic engagement at Indy Chamber and Indiana INTERNnet Board of Directors member, played a big part in organizing the event. He said that one of the main goals of the event was to encourage connections between interns, who will ideally be the future professionals of Indiana. He, and many other groups in Indiana, hope to encourage young Hoosiers to continue to live and work here. This combats the “brain drain” issue—that many of Indiana’s best and brightest leave Indiana to work elsewhere.

Interns from a variety of organizations attended, from Eli Lilly to the Office of Mayor Joe Hogsett. After the event, everyone was encouraged to explore the many attractions Fountain Square has to offer, like art galleries, shops, and free short-film screenings at Heartland Film.

On June 14th, Indiana INTERNnet and The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis hosted an all-day professional development event at the museum. Local interns got the chance to participate in sessions including personal branding, résumé review and a mentor roundtable.

Interns also had the opportunity to explore the Museum throughout the day—it is the largest children’s museum in the country! There was a photo scavenger hunt, planetarium show and behind-the-scenes collections tour. In the collections tour, interns got to see a large number of items not currently on display in the museum, such as dinosaur bones, famous movie props, and vintage Barbies, to name a few.

Chelsea DuKate, founder and president of Red Envelope Consulting, conducted a personal branding seminar at the event. “Events like this are important, because it creates engagement and gives interns a viewpoint of another place to go, an experience,” she said. “It also gives them an opportunity to talk with other interns and learn more about other opportunities in the city.”

Check out our YouTube channel to watch the video recaps of both events, and stayed tuned for the Intern Day at the Indiana State Fair!