Ignite ICR: New Internship Program Focuses on Quality of Life

Each summer, college students from across the country come to the Iowa City – Cedar Rapids (ICR) region for internships, presenting an important opportunity to showcase the benefits of living and working here.

Ignite ICR aims to increase the retention of college students and interns in ICR. The new summer event series gives interns the opportunity to meet one another, explore culture across the region, connect with young professionals working in ICR and imagine a future for themselves in the region.

“Attracting new intern talent and retaining college students is an essential component in growing our workforce,” said Tim Carty, Director of Talent Attraction, ICR IOWA. “As an employer, giving interns a valuable experience strengthens their consideration of a full-time role here in the future. However, if they don’t also enjoy their time outside the office, chances for their consideration to stay (or return) become slim to none.”

Ignite ICR is brought to you by the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance, ICR IOWA and the Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce. Programming is available to both Economic Alliance and Iowa City Area Chamber member businesses. Interested employers can visit IgniteICR.org to learn more and provide details about the number of interns they will be employing this summer for participation in the program. Employers should also plan to add these events to calendars and work plans for interns. Registration for all the events will open May 1.

Ignite ICR: Ignite the Fire Kick-Off Party
When: Thursday, June 6, 3 – 5 p.m.
Where: Newbo City Market

We’ll ignite the fire for summer as interns are officially welcomed to the region at NewBo City Market in Cedar Rapids. Activities for the afternoon will include sampling Market vendors, a speed networking event and information about how to make the most of their time in ICR over the summer.

Ignite ICR: Spark Your Appetite Progressive Dinner
When: Saturday, June 29
Where: Restaurants throughout ICR

Interns will dine at local restaurants across the region while connecting with each other and getting a chance to try something new. Attendance will be limited!

Ignite ICR: Stoke the Flames Send-Off Party
When: Thursday, July 18, 3 – 5 p.m.
Where: Big Grove Iowa City

Big Grove in Iowa City will create the perfect backdrop for the final networking event before students head back to school.

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