MORRIS – Mallory Meyer of Morris knows she wants to major in nursing when she heads off to college.
Meyer will be spending this summer interning at Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers for the second year in a row as part of the Grundy County summer internship program.
“I worked in human resources last year. I plan to major in nursing and I knew that the experience would help,” she said. “I’ve been exposed to new things and to so many opportunities.”
This year Meyer will work in the business office and feels the opportunity to return for her second year will help her see other job opportunities that may be available to her once she gets her nursing degree.
She is one of 29 local high school students or recent graduates interning with major companies through a Grundy County summer internship program.
A kickoff breakfast was held June 10 at LyondellBasell to formally recognize and congratulate the students participating.
After Nancy Norton Ammer, CEO of the Grundy Economic Development Council, opened the morning’s event, state Sen. Sue Rezin, R-Morris, spoke about the agriculture and manufacturing district she serves, encouraging students participating to look at job opportunities in their own communities.
The internship program was founded in 2013 by the Grundy Area Vocational Center and the Grundy Economic Development Council, with help from Rezin, local educators and a small group of local companies.
Ammer said the 29 paid internships this year are with 15 companies, offering a diverse set of opportunities for local students.
The Grundy County Internship Program was based on a mutual desire expressed by leaders in education and industry to highlight local employment opportunities and retain local talent in Grundy County.