The Greater Cincinnati Collegiate Connection is embarking upon a 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 in our region.

The initiative is 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.


Follow this link to read about a student's experience as an intern at Chatfield College.  It is a testament to why intenrships are so important to students and the regional workforce.


Value Added Team:

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


Nadia Logan, 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.


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.


Rob Rude, Business Instructor at UC-Clermont College

Monika Royal-Fischer, Director of Experiential Learning at UC-Clermont College will be leading the


 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 or (859) 392-2428 to get involved.