Grundy area high school students will be able to apply for summer internships at local businesses for the first time this year.
Sen. Sue Rezin, R-Morris, initiated the discussion among the Grundy Economic Development Council, Grundy’s four high schools, the Grundy Area Vocational Center and local businesses to provide opportunities for local students.
Rezin could not be reached for comment before press time.
“In discussions at our retention visits, we consistently heard, ‘We have a hard time finding people with these skills’ or ‘finding people in this area with an interest in this,’” said Missy Durkin, GEDC business development director.
Grundy students have the talent and many go to college to sharpen those talents, but then move to different communities rather than returning to their hometown. With the new high school internship program, the hope is to expose the students to the options they have in Grundy.
“We want to show them the opportunities that exist right here in their hometown,” she said.
At Monday’s regular Morris Community High School District 101 Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Dr. Pat Halloran said this was the first time there would be internship opportunities available for Morris high students.
Aux Sable Liquid Products and Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers have seven available internships between the two. Aux Sable is offering paid internships. Durkin said Grainger Industrial Supply will also have opportunities.
“We’re hoping some of our local, home-grown talent can stay in the community,” said Halloran.
Durkin said Chicago Aerosol and Exelon Corporation were also involved in discussions, but are not able to offer internships.
Students will write a cover letter, present a resume, interview with the company, and compete against each other for the positions.
“We want to give them the most practical experience of what real life will look like,” said Durkin.
After the summer internships, the students will be asked to present on what they learned, what was beneficial for them and what could be improved.
Students should visit their school’s administration for more information on applying for the internships.