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Intern Connect networks downtown

July 17, 2014
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Intern Connect networks downtown
The West Michigan Intern Connect event by the nonprofit Hello West Michigan will bring hundreds of interns to downtown Grand Rapids. Courtesy Hello West Michigan

Interns are going to be flocking to Grand Rapids later this month.

West Michigan Intern Connect, a new and free event hosted by the nonprofit Hello West Michigan, is looking to bring interns from all over West Michigan into the city for a networking event.

The event will be held across venues all over downtown Grand Rapids on July 30, from 2:30-7:30 p.m.

About 500-600 interns and about 100 business leaders are expected to attend the event.

Registration for the event ends today.

Showcase

The goal is to connect interns to local business and community leaders and showcase what West Michigan has to offer young talent, said Cindy Brown, executive director, Hello West Michigan.

Brown said Hello West Michigan was asked by the state’s marketing arm, the Michigan Economic Development Corp., if it would develop and produce the intern event.

“We want interns to get out and see the area,” Brown said. “It would give them one last chance to see West Michigan, especially the city of Grand Rapids, and hear about the things happening. We’re inviting as many interns as we can.

“The more we can get them one on one and with business and community leaders, the better. This is a great group of students. Whether they’re not from the area or are from the area, we want to show them all we have to offer.

“Oh, and bring business cards.”

Brown said hopefully West Michigan Intern Connect will become an annual event.

Speakers

The event, which features a dinner, is designed to be casual and interactive.

It will feature several speakers: Christian Gaines of ArtPrize; Monica Clark of 616 Development; Chris Wessely of Grand Rapids Sport and Social Club; and Bill Kirk of Downtown Grand Rapids Inc.

Videos

The event is also producing a video competition, where interns make a 30 second to three-minute video about their experiences interning in West Michigan.

The videos will be showcased at the event, and a prize will be awarded to the winners.

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