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Last week Indiana INTERNnet hosted the final Summer Engagement Event of the summer at the Indiana State Fair. The event allowed interns from all over the state to come and network while enjoying an iconic Indiana event. It was a day full of networking, prizes, games, and a lot of fun.

The event started off with hearing from a returning State Fair intern, Mary O’Connor. It was a great chance for interns to hear about the importance of internships. She also talked about how helpful they can be when trying to find what the future holds. Mary’s current area of study is in a science-based field, but her internship is in HR. She highlighted that there are still many learning opportunities with internships that can be used in any career path.

Interns in attendance were also able to hear from Julie Schrader from Butler University. She gave helpful tips on what to do when your internship is coming to an end. Whether it’s looking at what you’ve accomplished this summer or what you should improve on, it’s important to reflect on your internship experiences. This also includes looking at what your values are and even what work environments you work best in.

The next section of the event was hosted by me which included a fun Kahoot trivia segment full of facts about Indiana, Indianapolis, and the Indiana State Fair. After trivia there was a “would you rather” game full of questions revolving around internships and the workplace. Not only were the games fun and competitive, they were also a great learning opportunity and a perfect way to think about their future.

After trivia, the Indiana INTERNnet team gave out a ton of amazing prizes to lucky raffle winners. The event’s last activity was a round of networking bingo. This game allowed for more interns to interact and get to know each other.

The event ended with Indiana INTERNnet’s Executive Director, Mike Slocum talking about fall internships along with ending an internship and the best way to find your next internship.

If you were unable to attend the event or want to experience all the fun again, you can check out the recap video on our YouTube channel.

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