Some Indiana companies have partnered to encourage college students to stay in the state after graduation.
The collaboration, called IndyFluence, will hold its first networking day next month in Indianapolis, where it will pair college interns with service project locations throughout the city.
The goal is to build connections between the interns, employers and the community.
During Indyfluence, approximately 430 interns from several Indiana companies will
work side-by-side at 10 service project locations. Indyfluence will end on Georgia Street with a networking event.
The demand for workers is high — especially those with a high level of education — and companies want to keep interns.
“It’s always a balance of helping them understand what opportunities they’ll have to grow personally and professionally in your organization when you are trying to recruit them, but also you want them to have the ability to connect with the community,” says IU Health’s Tanya Hahn.
Heritage Group’s Kierstin Janik says people should think of IndyFluence as a ‘movement’.
“I think we are a community that influences change. I think we are a community made up of people that influence change and impact our community and Indiana as well," Janik says. "So I encourage people to be an Indy Fluencer in their day to day.”
The inaugural IndyFluence event will take place July 18, from 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. in Indianapolis.
Event sponsors include Roche Diagnostics, Eli Lilly and Company, The Heritage Group, IU Health, One America, and Indy Chamber. Additional participating organizations include FirstPerson, Springbuk and State of Indiana.