Parents were on hand to celebrate the successes of their sons and daughters as the fifth Grundy County Summer Internship Program came to a close. Nearly 40 students participated in the paid, hands-on internship program.
Nancy Norton, president and CEO of the Grundy Economic Development Council, opened the event by welcoming the businesses, educators, parents and students. State Sen. Sue Rezin, R-Morris, introduced the company representatives along with their interns.
Sen. Rezin emphasized that the students should be proud that they were chosen to work at some of the finest businesses in Grundy County. The internships offer a chance to gain meaningful professional work experience and learn more about the many different employment options within the community.
Lance Copes, director of the Grundy Area Vocational Center, also addressed the crowd and discussed the benefits and opportunities that the experience of the internships had given the students. Copes stated that there were 140 students who applied for the 39 positions and those in the room should be proud that they were selected to participate.
Copes also encouraged the interns to keep in touch with their mentors and ask if there are opportunities to work during school breaks or even again next summer.
The 39 paid internships this year were with 14 different companies, offering a diverse set of opportunities for local students. The program began in 2013 with 12 internships and three companies. Applications are received from all Grundy County high schools including Coal City, Gardner-South Wilmington, Minooka and Morris. The 2017 Grundy County summer interns were:
Daniel Rotta Jr
“D” Construction *
First Midwest Bank
Joliet Junior College
Mack & Associates *
US Cold Storage
Village of Minooka
* Denotes new 2017 participant