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Welcome Ashley Williams!

Indiana INTERNnet is pleased to welcome Ashley Williams to our team as the assistant director of employer engagement. She is responsible for developing employer relationships across the state to help build high-quality work-and-learn programs. Furthermore, she plans to strengthen talent pipelines and skill up our Hoosier workforce.

Ashley was born and raised in Kokomo and currently resides in Mooresville (Go Pioneers)! She obtained her master’s degree in leadership development with a focus in organizational leadership from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. Additionally, she earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from Ball State University and interned with Kelly Services.

Ashley brings 10-years of employer relations management to the department. Moreover, her professional experiences combine career and workforce services in the postsecondary and social services sectors. Her first job was detasseling corn in the fields of Tipton county at 14-years old.

In her spare time, Ashley coaches youth recreation volleyball, softball, and basketball. …

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Calling all internship success stories

The tenth time’s a charm!

Indiana INTERNnet began the tradition of celebrating internship excellence nearly a decade ago by launching the annual IMPACT Awards program.

Today, the IMPACT Awards are presented at an annual luncheon honoring Interns of the Year (high school, college and non-traditional categories), Employers of the Year (for-profit and not-for-profit categories) and a Career Development Professional of the Year. Indiana INTERNnet will honor its tenth group of award nominees and winners on Feb. 3, 2016. Co-founder and CMO Angie Hicks of Angie’s List will be the keynote speaker.

Honorees are nominated by the public, and winners are chosen by a panel of impartial judges. Click here to submit your nomination(s) in any or all of the categories by October 23.

The inaugural group of honorees set the standard for years of inspiring stories of accomplishments by – and on behalf of – interns. Here is a sampling …

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Internship helps student grow professionally and personally

This is a guest blog by Katie Besse, a student at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. She was an intern for Mommy’s Haven in Lowell, Ind.

My internship with Mommy’s Haven has been a rewarding one.

I started my internship with this not-for-profit about six months ago. I have a variety of responsibilities. We do everything from fundraising to counseling. I am a counseling intern with the organization, but do so much more than I expected.

Our organization houses homeless, pregnant mothers and their children. We provide job training, counseling, school assistance, help with attaining legal aid, medical services and government assistance. We also have many programs to teach these women how to care for not only their children, but themselves. We pride ourselves on getting these women back on their feet, and into society as active members.

During my internship, we helped several women find jobs and assistance. One instance that …

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Professional connection led to career-defining internship

This is a guest blog by Carly Painter, a student at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (SMWC) majoring in business administration. She was an intern for Medical Risk Institute in Terre Haute.

You never know what one meeting can lead to.

In October 2013, I was introduced to Michael J. Sacopulos, a medical law attorney practicing in Terre Haute. After meeting him, Michael offered me an opportunity to work as an intern for his company, Medical Risk Institute, to gain experience in the medical field.

Medical Risk Institute, works to inform healthcare providers where liability risks originate and how to reduce those risks. As a student who is planning on obtaining a Masters of Healthcare Administration (MHA), I was instantly attracted to this opportunity and saw it as an experience that would help prepare me for my future career.

I was absolutely right about this.

At my first meeting with Michael, …

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Internship confirms career track

This is a guest blog by Kelsey Fuqua, a student at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (SMWC). She was a human resources intern with Providence Health Care in Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, IN.

Providence Health Care (PHC) at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods is sponsored by the Sisters of Providence and is located on the grounds of the Sisters of Providence motherhouse in Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, IN. PHC was established in 2002 and initially served as a health care facility devoted entirely to ill or infirm Sisters of Providence.

In 2012, PHC opened to patients from the public in addition to Sisters of Providence. They offer inpatient and outpatient physical, occupational, speech and aquatic therapy in which is all provided by their warm and caring round-the-clock-skilled nursing staff.

PHC employs nearly 120 people. For an organization like PHC, they are rooted in the values and mission of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods who strive to …

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Internship reveals new career path

This is a guest blog by Melinda Frazee, a student at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (SMWC). She is finishing a major in Psychology and a minor in Sociology. She recently completed an internship with Crawfordsville High School.

Like many interns, I went into my internship questioning my qualifications. I was not sure what I would be able to take away from the program as I am only an undergrad in psychology. But I learned so much about the job, and even about myself!

During my internship with Crawfordsville High School, I was able to take charge of four groups of teenagers and hold discussion hours where we would discuss topics focused on diversity. Through this experience, I learned that I am flexible and a fast learner, as this was a completely new and somewhat uncomfortable situation. I’m proud that I was able to make it work. The ability to roll …

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‘I had the opportunity to not just observe, but participate’

‘IThis is a guest blog by Aleah Wieland, a student at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (SMWC). She recently completed an internship with the Criminal Investigations Division of the Terre Haute Police Department.

In the spring of 2014, while attending Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, I had the opportunity to intern for the Terre Haute Police Department. I specifically interned with the Criminal Investigations Division (CID). I learned what detectives do on a daily basis, and I was given the opportunity to not just observe, but participate in a variety of day-to-day tasks.

The detectives of the Terre Haute Police Department CID are given many cases and tasks to keep them busy throughout the day. Each day, the detectives are assigned a case. These cases are assigned according to crime allegedly committed and the specialization of the detective (property crimes, violent crimes, white-collar crime, etc.). The steps necessary to either suspend or close …

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