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LVEDC Releases New Internship Toolkit, Directory

By Colin McEvoy on November 17, 2021

Internships are crucial both for connecting Lehigh Valley companies with their future talent, and for helping continue to maintain a robust talent pipeline between regional businesses and the Lehigh Valley’s many high-quality colleges, universities, and technical and vocational schools.

That’s why the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation (LVEDC) is helping provide guidance about how to build and expand internship programs, as well as information about where internships can be found in the region, through two newly-released free resources.

They are the Lehigh Valley Career Development & Internship Directory, and the 2021-22 Lehigh Valley Internship Toolkit for regional employers. Both are available to download for free on the LVEDC website.

Karianne Gelinas

Karianne Gelinas, LVEDC Vice President of Business Development and Talent Supply

“Connecting with the best and brightest talent is of primary importance to Lehigh Valley employers,” said Karianne Gelinas, LVEDC Vice President of Business Development and Talent Supply. “Hosting internships with students from our region’s educational institutions can effectively build these connections between businesses and their future employees.”

The 16-page Internship Toolkit offers guidance and best practices in creating and expanding internships at your company. It highlights characteristics of successful internship programs, the benefits of paid vs. unpaid internships, how to market an internship program, and different types of programs such as virtual internships and micro-internships.

The toolkit includes questions to help determine whether a company is prepared to manage an internship program, how it can benefit from having an intern, and how an intern would benefit from working for it. It also offers resources like intern job posting examples and evaluation templates.

Some of the templates and checklists provided in the Internship Toolkit have been adapted or excerpted from regional educational institutions like Muhlenberg College and Moravian College, as well as from organizations like the National Association of Colleges and Employers and the National Society for Experimental Education.

The Lehigh Valley Career Development & Internship Directory provides career development information at each of the Lehigh Valley’s colleges and universities, as well as the region’s technical and vocational schools.

The 16-page directory includes websites where internship jobs are posted, and the majors and fields of study for which the schools offer internships, and contact information for specific career development professionals at each educational institution.

The schools included in the directory are Cedar Crest College, DeSales University, East Stroudsburg University, Kutztown University, Lafayette College, Lehigh Carbon Community College, Lehigh University, Moravian University, Muhlenberg College, Northampton Community College, Penn State Lehigh Valley, Bethlehem Area Vocational-Technical School, Career Institute of Technology, and Lehigh Career and Technical Institute.

In addition to providing the above materials, LVEDC has also hosted the annual Lehigh Valley Internship Summit for the past three years, providing information about recent trends and best practices regarding internship programs and offering expert presentations from regional companies and educational institutions.

This year’s summit was held virtually on Oct. 14, featuring speakers Brian Case, Manager of Corporate Talent Management & Diversity at PPL; Jessica Mersinger, Senior Organizational Development Consultant at PPL; and Courteney Cox, Human Resources Coordinator at Lutron.

The Lehigh Valley Internship Summit can be viewed in its entirety on LVEDC’s YouTube channel, as well as below:

 

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