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K/PAC Economic Development Corporation Celebrating 20 Years of Summer Intern Program

April 12, 2019
Emmetsburg News

Kossuth/Palo County Economic Development Corporation is preparing for their 2019 Summer Intern Program for students that have graduated from high school and are enrolled in college. This year's program marks the 20th Year Anniversary of the K/PACEDC Summer Intern Program, which began in 1999.

Maureen Elbert, Executive Director, stated, "The Intern Program was developed 20 years ago by K/PCEDC as a means of guaranteeing a future workforce in Palo Alto and Kossuth counties. The program encourages young adults to return here to live and work in our area after graduating college. This program also gives them true skill building training sessions that will hopefully enhance their ability to obtain a good job and make them a committed and productive employee and community leader."

Through this program, the interns have the opportunity to meet area CEO's and business leaders, participate in skill building sessions, and learn the importance of giving back to the community by contributing to the service project, "Project Hope." Overall, the interns are able to take with them great experience, as well as gain insight and lifelong mentors that can guide and support them in future endeavors.

This year's Summer Intern Program will kick-off with the Intern Breakfast on May 22 at the Algona KC Hall. Following the Intern Breakfast event, the interns have an opportunity to participate in business training sessions such as a social event on June 4.

Other sessions offered this summer include business etiquette, resume writing, create professional portfolios, finance 101, advanced Excel training, an intern newsletter, and much more. The Intern Golf Outing is scheduled on June 14 at Algona River Road Golf Club. Another function scheduled this year is the Intern Team Building BBQ on June 28. This is another excellent opportunity for the Interns to network with area CEO's of Palo Alto and Kossuth counties. The program will conclude with the annual County Wide Breakfast on August 7 at St. Michaels Parish Center in Whittemore.

Elbert added, "What is really exciting is that interns from past summers are now living in our communities. For the most part they are married, starting a family and serving on my Career Intern Committee!"

Each year, more businesses are getting involved in the program, even if they aren't large enough to hire an intern.

"It's truly a community effort," she says.

"K/PACEDC would like to thank businesses for their support. Our goal is to market Palo Alto and Kossuth counties and to let students know that there are jobs available for them to come back to the area," Elbert stated.

 
 
 

 

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