Monday, July 7, 2014
More than 430 interns from 70 Oklahoma companies will complete Intern OKC, a five-week program that aims to keep the brightest students in Oklahoma following graduation, at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 9, at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 1700 NE 63.
While students from surrounding states, including Arkansas, Kansas and Texas, have flocked to Oklahoma for internships and joined the program, some students traveled from Penn State, Purdue University and Montana State University. More than a quarter of the program’s participants are not Oklahoma natives. In total, more than 2,770 interns have benefitted from the program since its inception in 2006.
The luncheon series provides interns with information on the benefits of living and working in the Oklahoma City region. It also fosters peer networking and provides resources to help students transition from college to career. City Councilwoman Meg Salyer, Lt. Governor Todd Lamb and Realtor Wendy Chong will be the featured speakers for the 2014 Intern OKC finale
According to surveys conducted as part of Intern OKC, about 70 percent of interns plan to work in Oklahoma following graduation when they begin the program. At the program conclusion, 90 percent say they are likely or somewhat likely to stay in Oklahoma.