Summer comes with an added bonus for the Chicagoland Chamber – summer interns. We’re proud and fortunate to have them.
Internships are a key part of one of our business community’s top priorities: talent acquisition and retention. The experience interns gain helps ensure that the Chicago workforce is job-ready. Internship programs such as ours and all over the region are partly why, for five years straight, Chicago is the number-one U.S. metro for corporate relocation and investment, and why we’re the number-one Future Tech Hotspot.
Internships are a deep part of the Chamber’s culture for another reason as well, one that’s close to our heart. When our longtime leader, the late Chamber President and CEO Jerry Roper, left the Chamber in 2013, a group of Chamber members anonymously arranged for a gift to honor him and his legacy. They created the Jerry Roper Internship Fund, an asset the Chamber uses to hire and train interns. Since then, the Chamber has used the Roper Internship Fund to launch the careers of 50 interns. These interns acquired skills and experience that, in turn, helped propel the growth not only of the Chamber but of other Chicago-region businesses. That’s quite a legacy that we can all be proud of.
On August 21, we will host the First Annual Jerry Roper Corporate Golf Outing. As part of the Golf Outing, participants can help further Jerry’s legacy by donating to the internship fund and entering to win a round-trip ticket for two anywhere in the U.S. from Southwest Airlines. We’ve got room for a few more foursomes. The golf outing is a relaxed day of friendly competition and elite business networking. You can also provide a tax deductible donation through this online form.
What a great way to honor Jerry’s passions of golf, mentoring, and helping businesses grow.
2018 Interns at the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce