Summer Internship Program

The Roanoke Regional Partnership’s leadership program is focused on preparing your emerging talent to enter the workforce. While students intern with your organization to learn industry knowledge, the Get2KnowNoke Summer Internship Program provides soft skill/professional development training, peer networking, and opportunities to explore the region as a young professional to increase your chances of retaining talent.

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Register your summer interns for the program today! Events begin in early June. Register now

Benefits for Your Company

Recruit Interns

  • Learn how to get the most from your internship programs
  • Reach more intern candidates with our on-campus marketing
  • Engage students with the Roanoke Region before summer begins

Engage Interns

  • Connect interns to a social and professional network
  • Provide a glimpse of life in the Roanoke Region through activities such as outdoor adventure, sporting events, and social gatherings
  • Deliver professional development and soft skill training
  • Kick-off the summer at Experience 2019, a regional young professional conference, to introduce interns to YP mentors and leadership programming

Retain Interns (as full-time employees in the future)

  • Increase student’s awareness of the region for talent attraction
  • Connect students to a peer and mentor network
  • Enhance the student’s summer experience

Who can participate in the program?

  • College students currently enrolled in an associate, bachelor or master’s degree program, or a recent graduate of such programs
  • Students in an internship, co-op, or apprenticeship with a business in the Roanoke Region
  • Students at least 18 years old
  • Students with summer housing in the area and transportation

2019 Schedule

Summer Kick-Off on June 6

  • 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.: Welcome and Kick-off Lunch at Blue 5
  • 1-4 p.m.: Professional Development
  • 4:30-6:30 p.m.: Professional Networking with Regional Young Professionals

Leadership Conference (Experience 2019) on June 7

  • 7 a.m.-5 p.m.: Taubman Museum of Art
  • 5:45 p.m.: Optional guided hike to Mill Mountain Star

Professional Development on June 13

  • 3 p.m.: Speaker Lesa Hanlin, Virginia Tech at Vinton War Memorial
  • 5 p.m. Tech on Tap, Professional Networking with RBTC at Twin Creeks Brewing

Get Out on the Water on June 21

  • 1-5 p.m.: Kayak, Standup Paddleboard, or Hike (you choose) with Roanoke Mountain Adventures at Explore Park

Learn and Play on June 26

  • 4 p.m.: Tour of the Production Facility at Ballast Point Brewing
  • 5 p.m.: Disc Golf
  • 6 p.m.: Appetizers and Mingling

Explore by Bike on July 11

  • 5:30 p.m. Meet at Roanoke Mountain Adventures
  • 6 p.m.: Tour of Roanoke by bike, finishing at Blue Cow Ice Cream

Personal Branding on July 17

  • 11:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m.  Speakers Carrie Cousins, Roanoke Regional Partnership, and Gina Schauland, Neighborly Digital (includes lunch and networking)

End of the Summer Celebration on July 25

  • 6:30 p.m. – Salem Red Sox game


Summer Internship Program Registration

Register interns for the Get2KnowNoke Summer Internship Program. The first 40 students who qualify and are registered by their companies will be able to participate. Once accepted, an email with program details will be sent to the company contact and student. The cost of the program is $125 per student for Roanoke Regional Partnership investors and $175 per student for non-investors. This fee includes internship promotions, Experience 2019 conference tickets, professional development instruction and materials, and recreational activities at summer-long events. Send questions to Erin Burcham.

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  • Student Information

    Please submit one form for each student you wish to enroll in the program.
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