Intern Connect Event Aims to Attract and Retain Talent



Stakeholders in the Siouxland area are partnering to host an inaugural Intern Connect event on Thursday, September 29 from 7:30-9:00 a.m. on the Sioux City campus of Western Iowa Tech Community College (Rocklin Conference Center B174; Parking Lot 2; Entrance 6). The event is designed to help employers strengthen ties with institutions of higher education and learn about available internship services.

Invitees will include businesses with existing internships as well as those considering the development of an internship program. Employers from the tri-state region are encouraged to attend and hear from a legal advisor, panelists from small, medium and large businesses, as well as students and graduates from internship programs. Following the interactive panel discussion, over a dozen colleges and universities will be on hand to visit one-on-one about internship opportunities. The following institutions of higher education have confirmed participation:

Briar Cliff University
Creighton University
Dordt College
Iowa State University
Morningside College
Northeast Community College
Northwestern College
University of Iowa
University of Northern Iowa
University of South Dakota
University of Sioux Falls
Wayne State College
Western Iowa Tech

Starting an internship program is an excellent way for a business to facilitate success in terms of both workload and workforce. Interns can bring with them novel perspectives and fresh ideas, as well as provide cost-effective, highly skilled labor for an organization. In addition, internship programs can be used as a recruiting tool to give a company a pool for hiring exceptional talent. Terry Murrell, President of Western Iowa Tech Community College, said, “Students are increasingly looking for relevant ways to develop skills they learn in the classroom, and colleges need partners to help students with that process.” Kory Menken, Director of Workforce Solutions for the Siouxland Chamber and The Siouxland Initiative, added “In today’s highly competitive job market, organizations need to develop new talent as a critical component of their workforce pipeline. Internships can prove to be a valuable resource in these endeavors.”

Intern Connect is sponsored by the Sioux City Growth Organization, City of Sioux City, Siouxland Chamber of Commerce, The Siouxland Initiative, South Sioux City Chamber of Commerce and the Dakota Valley Business Council. A light breakfast will be provided and employers are asked to register by visiting


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