National Intern Day Celebration

(BEDFORD) – National Intern Day, which is the third Thursday in July, was started in 2017 and was created to recognize interns for all of the hard work that they do.

In celebration of this day Heather Nash, the internship program manager at the Lawrence County Economic Growth Council, planned and coordinated an event for supervisors and their interns to enjoy a day with peers from other organizations around the county.

The event began at the Wilson Park shelter house and ended at Thornton Park with a service project.

There were 14 local interns along with their supervisors and other community leaders in attendance. Part of the celebration consisted of the interns giving short presentations about what they learned throughout the course of their internship, and how they will use their new skills in their future careers.

After the presentations, the interns had the opportunity to participate in beautification projects with the Bedford Parks and Recreation Department.

A few interns shared stories about how their internship helped them figure out what career path they want to take.

One of these interns, Ethan Dillman, said in regard to his internship and Intern Day, “I have really enjoyed my internship this summer with the LCEGC. It’s made me realize that working and serving locally has the greatest impact on citizens. Intern Day was a great opportunity for not only me to discuss my internship, but for many others around Lawrence County as well.”

Ethan is a junior at Indiana University and has been interning with the Lawrence County Economic Growth Council this summer.

The celebration was also an opportunity for interns to network with local professionals from all industries and share how these experiences have left a lasting impact. Lawrence County has over 70 intern positions with more than 50 businesses participating, which represents more than a 300% growth from previous years.

Heather Nash expects that number to continue to increase, with a goal of 120 positions by August, 2020.