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IMPACT Awards – Have you nominated?

Do you work alongside a career services colleague who goes above and beyond for students? Do you advise a student who shined during an internship this year? Do you collaborate with an employer who manages a stellar internship program?

Indiana INTERNnet is saluting achievements in internships and mentoring. Check out this post celebrating last year’s winners.

The IMPACT Awards Luncheon, sponsored by Ivy Tech Community College, is not until February; however, the deadline for nominations is quickly approaching. We need your help so we can recognize those who are making a difference in the internship community. We are accepting nominations until Oct. 22 for Indiana employers, interns and career development professionals. You can visit the IMPACT Awards web page by clicking here.

Individuals are invited to submit more than one nomination in any or all of the award categories:

Outstanding Intern (high school, college and non-student): contribution to employer’s business; …

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Ending on a Sweet Note

This is a guest blog by Armenda Boyer, a sophomore at Purdue University. She is currently working toward a dual major in Agricultural Communication and Agricultural Economics. This past summer, she was an education intern for the Indiana State Fair Commission.

I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I accepted an offer to work as an education intern at the Indiana State Fair. Of course, I expected to have the opportunity to work with children and to share my love of all-things agriculture. And I was able to do just that! What I didn’t expect to do involved 6,500 pounds of caramel corn and a national television show…

The World’s Largest Popcorn Ball tipped the scales at 6,510 pounds. Check out my last post to see how this massive sphere of popcorn and sugar came together to break a world record! The popcorn ball …

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A Record-Breaking Internship: Making the World’s Largest Popcorn Ball

This is a guest blog by Armenda Boyer, a sophomore at Purdue University. She is currently working toward a dual major in Agricultural Communication and Agricultural Economics. This past summer, she was an education intern for the Indiana State Fair Commission.

I spent last summer working as an education intern at the Indiana State Fair. Along with the everyday, agricultural education outreach, my internship provided me numerous unique opportunities. And I mean truly unique!

Each year the State Fair highlights an agricultural commodity produced in Indiana.  If you visited the fairgrounds August 2-18 you probably recognized the 2013 theme:  Year of Popcorn. This field crop was apparent at each turn of the fairgrounds—from the child-friendly popcorn maze to the red and white striped, popcorn container-inspired gift shop on Main Street. The focal point of the popcorn theme was certainly the World’s Largest Popcorn Ball—a 3-ton caramel corn …

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That’s Not A Barn – It’s Not Red!

This is a guest blog by Armenda Boyer, a sophomore at Purdue University. She is currently working toward a dual major in Agricultural Communication and Agricultural Economics. This past summer, she was an education intern for the Indiana State Fair Commission.  

“Where are we going?” asked a wide-eyed little boy as I led his summer camp group to the Mac Reynold’s Barn at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

As an education intern for the Indiana State Fair Commission, my team and I often hosted student field trips. My favorite days working at the fair were the days when children flooded the Fairgrounds to learn about agriculture. This summer, I realized that helping children learn is one of the most fulfilling things I can do. When that learning is regarding agriculture, an industry I am passionate about, I am even more excited to share information.

I answered the eager …

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Who Says You Can’t Go Home?

Jenn Meadows is a senior communications major studying at the University of Indianapolis. She is the UIndy PRSSA president and promotions director for WICR 88.7. Currently she’s interning in her hometown for Main Street Greensburg and the Decatur County Chamber of Commerce.

I’m a big fan of the NBC Show Parks and Recreation. Leslie Knope, the main character played by Amy Poehler, was born and raised in the fictional town of Pawnee, Ind. Leslie is very passionate about the town she loves which carries over into her work as Director of the Parks Department – she’s writing a book, campaigning for new parks and planning a festival.

Like Leslie, I was born and raised in Indiana. However, I come from Greensburg, a small town in Southeastern Indiana. When I watch Parks and Recreation, I can’t help but think about my hometown.

Unlike Leslie, I couldn’t wait …

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