Hello West Michigan produces Intern Connect


West Michigan Intern Connect helps show what the region offers young talent, such as "affordable housing, great neighborhoods and fun things to do." Courtesy Hello West Michigan

Grand Rapids, it’s time to bring in the interns to connect, meet employers, volunteer — and watch the movie “The Internship.”

The Grand Rapids-based nonprofit Hello West Michigan recently said that it’s hosting its annual intern networking event, West Michigan Intern Connect.

West Michigan Intern Connect seeks to connect the region’s young talent with each other and employers.

“West Michigan is a great place to live and work, whether you’re an intern or seasoned professional,” said Cindy Brown, executive director, Hello West Michigan.

“Even interns that grew up in West Michigan will benefit from this event. It will give them an up-close view of the exciting things happening in the region, as well as the breadth of career opportunities available here.”

Movie at the ballpark

The event will take the form of an outdoor movie night in Comstock Park on June 11, from 5:30-10:30 p.m., at Fifth Third Ballpark, at 4500 West River Dr. NE.

The movie being shown will be the 2013 comedy “The Internship,” starring Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson.

The evening will feature local speaker Jessica Ann Tyson, owner of JA PR Group, and offer chances for young talent to network with local employers and win prizes.

Employers are invited to network and promote current openings.

A number of organizations plan on partaking in the event: Amway, Steelcase, Meijer, Spectrum Health, Farmers Insurance, Haworth, Mercy Health, Northwestern Mutual, Open Systems Technologies, Uniform Color Company, Springthrough and Perrigo.

Tickets for the event are $20 and include dinner, popcorn and a giveaway.

Week of Action

New this year, West Michigan Intern Connect will also feature a volunteer opportunity called Week of Action, which will run from June 22 -26.

Interns will be offered the chance to volunteer with Heart of West Michigan United Way to help local organizations with projects like playground building, nature center restoration and reading to children.

“Volunteering is a great way to plug into a community and make new friends,” Brown said.

Brown added that the nonprofit created the Week of Action, so interns can "see firsthand how they can make a difference" in West Michigan, "a place we’d like them to call home even after their internship is complete."


Interns can register for the event and Week of Action online until June 5. 

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