The Greater Cincinnati Collegiate Connection is embarking upon groundbreaking initiatives to maximize internships in the region, provide work experience for students and create a talent pipeline for businesses. The collaborative effort led by GC3 aligns the NKY and Cincinnati USA Regional Chambers of Commerce, higher education and businesses to advance the regional economy, culture, and overall quality of life.

The initiatives are the result of “Growing Talent in Our Region: Connecting Businesses and Higher Education to Increase Internships,” an event hosted by GC3 and Graydon Law in November, 2017. Participants uncovered hurdles hindering area internships. A follow-up meeting created teams, the Value Added, Pay and Financing, and Centralization, to solve those roadblocks.

With support and cooperation from both the Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati USA Regional Chambers, a group of over 30 higher education and business professionals have committed to serving on one of the three teams, each addressing the multitude of issues related to each hurdle.  The teams, and their leaders are listed below.  Anyone interested in joining a team, may contact the team leader.

 

 

Value Added Team:

Concentrating on convincing businesses of the value of internships and view internships as an investment in their talent pipeline. 

 

Leaders:

Tiera Dobbins, Recruiter Assistant at Xavier University

Robin Norton, Assistant Director Career Development and Graduate School Planning at Thomas More College.

 

 

Pay and Financing Team

Looking at ways companies can develop paid internships and work them into their long term budgets.

 

Leader

Paula Harper, Manager of Partnership Development at the University of Cincinnati

 

 

Centralization Team

Concentrating on making the internship process seamless, developing a one-stop shop for businesses to obtain internship information, including developing and managing internships and finding talent.

 

Leaders:

Rob Rude, Business Instructor at UC-Clermont College

Monika Royal-Fischer, Director of Experiential Learning at UC-Clermont College

 

 

GC3 welcomes feedback, insight and expertise from the business community to ensure plans are maneuverable and useful to businesses and students. Contact Janet Piccirillo at piccirillj1@nku.edu or (859) 392-2428 to get involved.

 

Resources:

Following are links to resources to guide developing and/or managing internships:

Creating an Internship ProgramResource provided by Paula Harper, University of Cincinnati