Celebrate Impact of Internships on Indiana Intern Day, July 30

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(INDIANAPOLIS) – Indiana is celebrating the impact of internships and work-based learning opportunities on the state’s workforce and the K-12 and higher education landscape during the second annual Indiana Intern Day on Thursday, July 30.

The Indiana Commission for Higher Education, in partnership with Indiana INTERNnet, is encouraging employers to take to social media and other virtual mediums to celebrate and recognize interns and meaningful internship experiences.

Modeled after National Intern Day, the Commission and Indiana INTERNnet are encouraging employers, educators and intern supervisors to fill out this pledge form to recognize interns on Indiana Intern Day. A digital media kit is available for employers and educators to use to show how they are celebrating interns on social media and by using the hashtag, #INinternDay.

Interns are also encouraged to take to social media and share how employers are recognizing their contributions.


“Internships provide the practical experience and professional connections that not only give students a competitive advantage in the job market, but also equip students with the confidence and know-how to excel once they’re hired,” said Indiana Higher Education Commissioner Teresa Lubbers.

Indiana INTERNnet, managed by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, provides a free internship matching platform for students and employers. It also provides resources directly to employers on how to start or enhance internship and work-based learning programs. Indiana INTERNnet and the Commission partner on the state’s work-study program, EARN Indiana, which provides 50 percent matching funds to employers for qualifying internships.

“So many people found their career or favorite employer through an internship experience, and strong support of interns can result in a positive impression that lasts a lifetime,” said Mike Slocum, executive director of Indiana INTERNnet. “Sharing our stories online is a great way to encourage more high school and college students to find internships in the future, even as soon as this fall. Indiana Intern Day will celebrate a great 2020 summer internship season.”

The Commission is focused on measuring career relevance and preparation in Indiana’s postsecondary programs as it relates to the state’s educational and economic goals, as outlined in its new strategic plan, Reaching Higher in a State of Change.

“We know work-based learning increases student satisfaction and the likelihood of employment after graduation, as well as the retention of our talented graduates in the state of Indiana,” said Lubbers. “Our most recent Gallup-Indiana survey shows almost a third of alumni were employed at a company they’d interned with or worked for during college. A 2019 national survey found graduating college seniors who had an internship are more likely to receive a job offer as those without an internship.”

As of 7/22/20, a total of 90 employers and community partners have taken the pledge to recognize their interns on Indiana Intern Day.


About the Indiana Commission for Higher Education
Created in 1971, the Indiana Commission for Higher Education plans, coordinates and defines Indiana’s postsecondary education system to align higher learning with the needs of students and the state. The Commission also administers Indiana’s financial aid programs, including the 21st Century Scholars early college promise scholarship, which celebrates 30 years in 2020. Learn more about the Commission’s Reaching Higher in a State of Change strategic plan at

About Indiana INTERNnet
Indiana INTERNnet, a program managed by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, is the catalyst for expanding the creation and use of experiential learning opportunities as a key strategy in retaining Indiana’s top talent. Find out more at


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Participate in Indiana Intern Day 2020!

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July 30, 2020 is Indiana Intern Day! Join Indiana INTERNnet and the Indiana Commission for Higher Education in celebrating Indiana’s interns. Commit to recognizing your interns online, particularly on social media, as we acknowledge the value and impact of interns and internship programs.

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Make sure your organization pledges to participate in Indiana Intern Day by filling out the online pledge form. You’ll receive a digital content kit with sample social media posts, graphics, and ways to celebrate your intern.

Nearly 2,200 Area School Students Take Part in National Manufacturing Week Career Awareness Events

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Warsaw, Ind., October 21, 2019— Nearly 2,200 middle and high school students from Kosciusko County got a close-up look at careers in the advanced manufacturing industry recently during National Manufacturing Week events organized by OrthoWorx.

During the week of September 30, eighth-grade students participated in the DiscoverME (Manufacturing Experiences) program. Students from Tippecanoe Valley, Warsaw, Wawasee and Whitko school corporations toured manufacturing plants, visited the Ivy Tech Orthopedic and Advanced Manufacturing Training Center (OAMTC), toured their high school’s designated Career Technical Education center, and explored in-class topics focused on career opportunities within advanced manufacturing, as well as the training and education available to prepare for those careers.

On October 4, National Manufacturing Day, high school sophomores from across the county converged on the Grace College campus to participate in RealME, to learn about the wide diversity of careers surrounding manufacturing and the opportunities for training in the area to prepare for those careers.  Students participated in a hands-on exercise modeled after the manufacturing process, heard panel discussions about careers from industry employees, heard about high school career center educational opportunities, and learned about programming and dual credit opportunities at Ivy Tech.

“I had an opportunity to moderate a panel of industry representatives during RealME and I was pleased at how engaged the students were and impressed with how much valuable information the industry personnel were able to communicate to them,” said Suzie Light, CEO of the Kosciusko County Community Foundation.  “There are so many great opportunities for rewarding careers right here in our county, I think events like this are vital to make those possibilities apparent to our students.”

Both the Warsaw Area Career Center (WACC) and the Wawasee Area Career and Technical Center offer a variety of programs to support the demands of our local workforce.  These programs help prepare students for direct entry into the workforce or support the next step in their education whether it be at Ivy Tech or another post-secondary institution.   “It’s important to remember that we need to keep building the pipeline of talent to keep our local economy thriving by showcasing our programs and facilities.  Awareness of our programs is the essential key to increasing our enrollment, currently our enrollment is low and we need more students in the trades. Our career center offers cooperative programs that feed right into a certificate or degree program at Ivy Tech along with outstanding facilities that align with industry demands,” said Ronna Kawksy, WACC Principal.

Approximately 225 volunteers from industry, Grace College, Ivy Tech, the school corporations and community partners helped plan and execute the DiscoverME and RealME programs.  “The level of collaboration for these activities was incredible and allowed us to offer really meaningful and engaging experiences for the students,” said Nichole Rouached, Manager of Communications Projects for OrthoWorx. “We also had increased support from sponsors, both direct monetary donations and in-kind support, which allowed us really raise the bar from the program prior year. We are extremely grateful for all the support we received and look forward to collaborating on future events related to career awareness.”

Participating manufacturers who volunteered for the DiscoverME tours were DePuy Synthes, Medtronic, Paragon Medical, Polywood, Precision Medical Technologies and Zimmer Biomet. At the Ivy Tech OAMTC, Instrumental Machine and Development and Haas Machines conducted a demonstration for students during the tour.

This event was made possible through generous monetary and in-kind support from a variety of sponsors, including the following support from Economic Impact, Platinum and Gold Level sponsors: the Kosciusko County Community Foundation, DePuy Synthes, The Dekko Foundation, Grace College, IN-MaC and Zimmer Biomet.


About OrthoWorx

Formed in 2009 with initial funding from the Lilly Endowment for the Orthopedics Capital Foundation, the OrthoWorx ( ) initiatives feature community-based strategic collaborations with the orthopedic industry and other stakeholders to ensure that the Warsaw region continues to reap the social and economic benefits that derive from its position as The Orthopedic Capital of the World.®

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OrthoWorx Launches RealME and Receives Grant for DiscoverME

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Warsaw, Ind, August 19, 2019–-The 2019 OrthoWorx Summer Intern Team launched a new talent development initiative, RealME, on Thursday, August 1 to an audience of community leaders, industry partners and state education officials.

RealME (Real Manufacturing Experiences) focuses on careers and educational pathways to local manufacturing opportunities and is a follow-up initiative to DiscoverME that the 2018 Summer Intern Team created for eighth grade students. RealME will take place on National Manufacturing Day, Friday, October 4, 2019 at Grace College’s Gordon Recreation Center and will engage all sophomore students in Tippecanoe Valley, Warsaw, Wawasee and Whitko school corporations.

RealME is an extension of the 2018 initiative DiscoverME, a week-long program that serves as an introduction to advanced manufacturing and the diverse career opportunities available related to machining. DiscoverME was an incredible success in 2018 with 68% of students acknowledging an increased awareness about local manufacturing in Kosciusko County.

Kendra Perkins, 2019 Lead Team Intern noted, “Our intern team was focused on making improvements to DiscoverME, based on teacher and student feedback, while also creating a new program, RealME.  We had an incredible experience listening to so many community partners and industry members on their workforce needs. We considered these concerns, but really focused on what would be exciting for the students,” Ms. Perkins said “We met with several local students, and even considered our own experiences with field trips. We want students to be more aware of career and educational opportunities, even through their own career centers, while also learning about the process and realities of manufacturing through a fun activity.”

The ME programs are geared towards educating students about the manufacturing industry in Kosciusko County. “Our ME programs demonstrate an incredible collaboration between the schools, industry partners and various community stakeholders like OrthoWorx,” stated Nichole Rouached, Manager, Communications & Projects. Ensuring the ME program aligns with student needs, OrthoWorx has been working with The Dekko Foundation to strengthen the programs and learn from other community initiatives. “OrthoWorx is committed to creating fun and engaging manufacturing programs for students and even educators that participate in the ME programs,” Ms. Rouached said. “Sponsorships and grants from organizations like The Dekko Foundation allow us to create exciting opportunities for students to understand career options and educational pathways that may not require loans after they leave high school or college.”

Parents and employers can learn more about the ME programs, DiscoverME and RealME, by contacting Nichole Rouached at OrthoWorx at

ORTHOWORX is a non-profit initiative formed in 2009 in the Orthopedic Capital of the World.  We received our initial funding from Lily Endowment, Inc. to fill a critical void in the industry as a connection for industry members, education and our community, leveraging resources to drive positive change.  It is our mission to ensure that our industry and the communities that depend on its success thrive with social and economic benefits for generations to come.



Hometown Chat – Warsaw

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If you live in Warsaw, we want to hear from you about the dreams and concerns you have for your community. Do you have something to say about… Housing? Jobs? Childcare? Recreation? Educational opportunities? Safety? Amenities? Other?

Please join us! Your opinion can help shape our grant making in the future!

Date/Time: Thursday, July 11th, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Location: Kosciusko County Community Foundation, 102 E Market St, Warsaw

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