More than 40 college-enrolled interns took part in a professional development event at Juniata College July 10.
The students came from Huntingdon, Fulton, Bedford, Blair, and Cambria counties as participants in the State and Local Internship Program (SLIP).
The three-hour professional development activity, coordinated by Denise Hancock, Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act career placement supervisor, and Karli Smith, intern for Employment & Training Inc. in the Pennsylvania CareerLink Huntingdon, was completed in cooperation with staff at Juniata College. Presenters during the event included Sarah Worley, a professor in communication, at the college, and Darwin Kysor, Juniata College director of career development.
“We’re very pleased with the attendance at our SLIP professional development gathering,” Hancock said. “It was an excellent opportunity for the group to network and continue to grow in their fields.”
As part of SLIP, the students must be enrolled in college effective for the following fall semester. The interns are matched with a work site based on their college major and interests. Local businesses host the interns, who have become an integral part of operations at many locations.
This is the second year for the program and the second year that Juniata College has hosted the professional development event.
“We’re very grateful for our partnership with Juniata College,” Hancock said.
In addition to thanking the college, Hancock also recognized the local businesses that hosted interns. She also said Southern Alleghenies Planning & Development Commission, the agency that has aided in creating these partnerships, has been essential in the success of the program.
While the professional development event has concluded, the interns will continue in their worksite through the end of summer.