Let Get2KnowNoke Take Onboarding Off Your Plate – Explore the Region, Make Connections, Polish Your Professional Skills, and Have Fun This Summer!

What is Onboard|ROA?

This eight-week summer onboarding program integrates interns, new hires, and remote workers with regional employers and our thriving community. Onboarding is an essential element in developing workers committed to the success of a company and helps retain new hires by making them feel included. Here at Get2KnowNoke – we think onboarding matters for new hires and new residents alike. 

Onboard|ROA develops our region’s future workforce through crucial NACE career readiness competencies courses, intentional socials, and eye-opening excursions. We heard time and again how interns and new hires would show up to work, but never feel engrained in the ‘Noke life — that’s why Onboard|ROA is a total game-changer. Register Today!

**Scholarships available. Apply today!

Who can participate?

Interns, Students, New Hires, New-to-the-Area Professionals, and Remote Workers Ages 26 and Under

Our program isn’t just for interns anymore. It’s now open to students and young professionals who are working in the Roanoke Region of Virginia – that includes remote workers whose employers may not be located here! You just have to be aged 18 to 26 and want to meet new people and build your career.

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Employers, register your interns and young professionals today! Program begins June 5.

What will Onboard|ROA help you accomplish?


  • Save money and resources onboarding your new hires, and tackle the largest challenge of all – helping them feel at home and make friends in the Roanoke Region.
  • Increase the number of young professionals living and working in the region post-graduation, and build the pipeline for area college graduates.
  • Allow young hires the opportunity to develop critical soft skills with our National Association of Colleges and Educators career readiness curriculum.
  • Train and develop your workforce from within, providing long-term time and financial savings.


  • Meet new young professional colleagues.
  • Explore the outdoors and regional entertainment with other professionals your age.
  • Gain valuable leadership and career-building skills that will set you apart for future employers.
  • Receive a NACE career readiness certificate of course completion. 

Onboard Summer Schedule

Employers provide the opportunity; let us provide the fun through social events, evening outings, nightlife, and outdoor excursions. It’s the perfect match, for a memorable summer. Participants are responsible for their own transportation. We understand that participants will have vacations or work conflicts and may not be able to attend ALL events.

**Details are subject to change slightly (location, time, etc.) until all events are finalized in late May.

Date/Time Program Description Location
June 5 (Wed)
7:05 pm
Welcome Event – Meet the Cohort – Bring Your Boss – Dinner & Game Included Salem Red Sox
June 9 (Sun)
10 am
Get2KnowYou Hike at Dragon’s Tooth – Meet the Regional Ambassadors and Find a Mentor Dragon’s Tooth – Appalachian Trail
June 12 (Wed)
Leadership Panel Discussion TBD
June 15 (Sat)
1:00 pm-4:00 pm
Teamwork & Building Your Workplace Community at Explore Park TreeTop Quest in Roanoke County
1:00 pm TreeTop Quest, 3:00 pm Debrief
Explore Park – Debrief at Twin Creeks Brewery (at Explore Park)
June 17 (Mon)
12:00 pm
Virtual Lunch & Learn – Topic: Professionalism Virtual Workshop
June 22 (Sat)
3:00 pm
**Optional Pop-Up:
John Park @hungryasian RKE –
Foodie Tour by Bike
Full Route Details to Follow 
June 26 (Wed)
4:30 pm
Networking & Professional Communications + Q2 Networking Social (5:30-7:30 pm) Pollard 107 South in Vinton
July 10 (Wed)
4:00 pm
Technology Talks & Roanoke River Annual Floatilla
Tech Session from 4-5 pm, River Float from 5:30-7:30 pm
Starr Hill Brewery and Roanoke Mountain Adventures
July 17
11:00 am-1:00 pm
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Course (Working with People of Various Backgrounds) – Lunch Provided Virginia Tech Roanoke Center
July 23 Virtual Lunch & Learn – Topic: Critical Thinking Virtual Workshop
July 25 (Thurs)
5:00-7:00 pm
Graduation Cookout – Celebrate Your Accomplishment w/ Mentors, Employers & Cookout TBA

TIME AWAY FROM WORK: Every participant will miss a few work hours during the program. Employer, please add it to your calendars and make your interns feel comfortable taking the time. The full program is ~20 hours total.

Summer Onboarding Program Registration

The program is limited to 80 participants. The program tuition is $320 per participant. If you are an individual interested in participating and don’t have a company to sponsor you, please fill out our scholarship application.

Fee includes a kick-off dinner, graduation cookout, eight career and professional development facilitator-led events, concert tickets, Salem Red Sox tickets, TreeTop Quest excursion, Smith Mountain Lake day, tube rentals, venues, guided adventures and engaging activities all summer long. Send questions to Julia Boas.

Interested in Sponsoring Our Future Workforce?

We are looking for sponsors interested in hosting talent events, lunches, dinners, or outings. Please reach out to Julia Boas ASAP with interest. We can customize options and are flexible in regard to budget and scope.