More than 40 interns celebrated a productive summer Tuesday with a recognition dinner at Morris Country Club. The interns were part of the 2019 Grundy County Summer Internship Program, a joint effort of Grundy County Economic Development and the Grundy Area Vocational Center.
The interns come from every public high school in Grundy County and served internships at 16 Grundy County companies, including Morris Hospital, D Construction, Mack and Associates, Aux Sable and LyondellBasell. The program creates incentives for young people to stay in Grundy County and combat the flood of young Illinois students leaving the state.
State Sen. Sue Rezin, R-Morris, provided assistance to make the program happen. Rezin said the program helps to connect young adults with industries in the area.
“They’ve put together an incredible internship program that is trying to be modeled by my colleagues across the entire state,” Rezin said.
The students said the hands-on experience helped them prepare for their prospective careers.
“I got to learn a lot about the surveying side of engineering, getting out in the field, going to many different places and many different job sites and getting a little bit in the mud when it rains. It was fun,” said Alec Ferrari of Morris, who interned with SPACECO.
The internships, which were all paid positions, are extremely competitive. This year, there were 130 applicants for only 42 positions.