Nearly 100 Interns from across the United States gathered on board the USS LST 393, a World War II tank landing ship, for the Interns on Deck event. While on the ship, community leaders welcomed the interns to the Muskegon Area, highlighting the advantages of living and working in the Lakeshore area. Speakers included Tom Schultz, board chair Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce, Amy Heisser, director of Human Resources for Arconic, and Dr. Dale Nesbary, president of Muskegon Community College.
The interns were then given a guided tour of the Muskegon Lakeshore aboard the Aqustar cruise ship. With a unique perspective of being on the lake, the interns were able to see and learn about all the great things Muskegon has to offer. Dave Alexander, executive director of Downtown Muskegon Now, hosted the guided tour pointing out landmarks to visit and things to do while interning in the Muskegon area.
“The Muskegon Lakeshore has excellent career opportunities and unique outdoor assets. Together, these make a winning combination for attracting talent to the region,” said Cindy Larsen, president of the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce. “Having a great job just minutes from boating, fishing, hiking and bike trails provides the highest quality of life possible for those interested in outdoor recreation.”
Workforce development and retention is just one of many key factors to building a strong business community. Hiring and utilizing interns can be a cost-effective way for companies to build lasting relationships that can pave the way for future permanent employment. By showing the interns why Muskegon is a great place to work, live and play, Interns on Deck hopes to bridge employment opportunities between community businesses and the interns.