Internship Program

The Hancock County Economic Development Intern Program was developed to provide added benefit to HCEDC Investors Student Internship programs with a goal to help Interns advance towards a successful future.  

The Student Internship Program is designed to nurture the educational and professional development of interns, which may lead to longer retention of the individual to Hancock County. Student Interns will have the opportunity to network and expand their leadership skills.   

Are you having an intern at your business? 

Let us help you provide added benefit for your Intern:
  • Workplace Professionalism
  • Importance of Community involvement
  • Finances
  • Social Media
  • Networking
  • Relationships
  • Resume Building

Below is the proposed schedule of events that will be offered to our HCEDC Investors interns:
Proposed Schedule of Events 2016

June 2nd-Welcome Interns 5-7pm- This will be a social event for interns and their company supervisor to welcome them to Hancock County, discuss exciting upcoming events of the program and review expectations.

June 8th- Success Through Your Professionalism- Brenda Clark Hamilton 7:30 to 9:30am-Practical interactive session what interns can do to make an excellent impression as a professional throughout their internship experience. Three Key facets of workplace professionalism, and how you can excel in each: Professional dress, behaviors and attitudes.

June 15th Movie Night-Avery Theater- Networking event for the interns where we will meet and go to the Avery Theater in Garner and hear about what it took for the community to make this Avery Project a reality and enjoy a fun night at the movies.

June 29th-Finiances and Your Future Brenda Smith-Iowa State University Extension -7:30 to 9:30 am- When you have sound information and strong skills you can make your money work for you and your future, make better decisions and live our highest priorities.

July 6th-Social Media Session-Do’s and Don’ts of Social Media-7:30 to 9:00am- Valerie Zahorski-Schmidt –Director of marketing and community relations- NIACC.. How to use social media in a positive way to promote yourself. What employers are looking at on your social media and things you do not want your employers to see.

July TBA-River Rafting with Young Professionals- fun day of tubing with the Young Professionals group.  Get to know some of the young professionals that decided to have a career in Hancock County and/or surrounding areas.

July 22nd Relationship Program-Iowa State University Extension 7:30 to 9:30am- Differnces and conflict are a normal part of all relationships. Learn methods to regulate emotions, reduce stress and communicate positively with healthy conflict management.

August 3rd.  Resume Panel 7:30 to 9:30 am- Interns will bring resume drafts to this session and we will have a panel of HR Professionals available for interns to ask questions, review resumes and offer suggestions.

August 11th-Road to Success-Internship End of Year Party 5:00 to 7:00pm- Time to say goodbye.  This event will be for interns, their company supervisor and Hancock County CEO’s. Interns will have an opportunity to network and ask questions to CEO’s in Hancock County.

August 17th-HCEDC Executive Breakfast-7:30 to 9:15- Speaker Kent Stock- A teacher, coach, principal, banker and powerful speaker, Kent Stock is also the man who coached the Norway baseball team during their now-famous final season. As depicted in the 2007 film, “The Final Season,” the nationally recognized Norway baseball team came together under head coach Kent Stock to defy the odds and win Norway’s 20th state title in what would become the team’s final season before being forced to merge with a bigger, neighboring school district.

This program is a FREE resource to HCEDC investing partners.  

Fill out the form to enroll: InternshipProgramAgreement.pdf

Looking for a resource to get an intern at your company?

Below are some websites for to local colleges you can contact about working with their programs.

North Iowa Community College-Career Services

Waldorf College- Career Services

Buena Vista University

Career Services

Iowa Lakes Community College

Career Resource Center          

Iowa State University

Career Fairs   

University of Iowa

Career Fairs   

University of Northern Iowa

Career Services

*This program is funded by the HCEDC and its investing partners and in part by a grant from the Hancock County Foundation.


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