The Good Neighbor initiative connects interns with the local area

Madison, Indiana City Hall

A group of select Hanover students is not only currently gaining solid work experience, but also a deeper connection to the local community through The Good Neighbor Internship Program.

The initiative provides paid internships for 10 students at Jefferson County (Ind.) businesses and organizations. The program, which targets sophomores and juniors, creates a pathway for Hanover students to utilize their strengths, build professional skills and see what makes the local area an attractive place to live and work. Area business owners and organization leaders, meanwhile, gain an opportunity to maximize local talent in the short term and, potentially, for years to come.

The competitive program, managed by Shaina Lin Hackbarth ’16, assistant director of internships and systems for the Levett Career Center, placed interns at a wide range of local companies this summer, spanning governmental agencies, religious organizations and for- and notfor-profit businesses. Students are working in a variety of fields, including computer science, data management, marketing, web design and social media.

Successful applicants must work a minimum of 250 hours during the summer months. In addition to a salary, the participants will also receive academic credit.

On Wednesday, July 7, interns and employers came together for a Lunch and Learn session. The goal was to allow the interns and hosts to connect with one another through an informal luncheon with a guided discussion. The interns were asked: what have you learned about Jefferson County or your organization? While the hosts were asked if they had advice for mentoring interns or to share what they have learned about Hanover College students.