Wednesday, July 15, 2015
The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber's Greater Grads initiative concluded its largest-ever InternOKC summer program on Wednesday with Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb urging interns to stay in Oklahoma after college graduation and H&8th Market's Brian Bergman telling them what it means to contribute to the culture in their hometown.
The 465 interns who participated in 2015 brought the total of interns who have participated in InternOKC since its inception to nearly 3,300. This year's group of interns represented 73 companies, 26 states, 69 colleges and universities and 75 majors. They came from within Oklahoma and from as far away as Alaska, North Dakota and Florida.
InternOKC is one part of Greater Grads' efforts to retain college graduates in the area and is designed to introduce Greater Oklahoma City-area interns to the region and foster networking. They attended a series of sessions over the summer that covered topics that included professional development and information about living in Oklahoma City.
"Oklahoma is on the cusp of a renaissance," Lamb said. "Therefore, do not leave."
Bergman noted that events like H&8th Market, which has grown into a monthly food truck and live festival that attracts between 40,000 and 50,000 people each month, show that people in the community want to hang out together.
"It is about contributing to the culture of the place," he said, noting that people with imaginations and not buildings alone make great cities.
Special thanks to InternOKC Signature Sponsor SandRidge Energy, Inc. and Greater Grads Benefactor Sponsors The Boeing Company, Chesapeake Energy Corporation, Continental Resources, Devon Energy Corporation, OGE Energy Corp., and SandRidge Energy, Inc.