By mtjulietintern

Staff Reports

A group of six members from the 2017 class of Leadership Wilson announced their “Internship Wilson” project is officially up and running.

It’s been an ongoing three-year project powered by several classes of Leadership Wilson in a concentrated effort to connect local college students to local employers.

“We are pleased to announce that the vision that was laid by several classes before us is still continuing as and through social media platforms,” said Amy Hohimer. “Our primary goal for next few weeks is to raise awareness regarding the site and the mission to connect Wilson County students with local employers to provide meaningful internship opportunities to enhance educational goals and post-graduate employment.”

Internship Wilson was created in three phases. The first phase of the project was spearheaded by members from the class of 2015, when they recognized a need for more opportunities for college students – many who require an internship to graduate – within the community. In 2016, the project was continued with the second phase with the creation of to make the internship information centralized. The third phase is the live version of the site and fulfilling the mission to connect local students to local employers.

“We have spoken to several employers who were involved with the project last year and are committed to being involved again this year,” Gloria Maphet said. “Employers in Lebanon such as Wilson County Motors and Prospect Inc. have all committed; while the Courtyard Marriott and Home Instead Senior Care in Mt. Juliet also have internship opportunities this year.”

Employers and prospective interns are encouraged to visit to learn more about how to become involved with the project. The deadline to register as a participating employer for a summer internship is April 15. The long-term vision for Internship Wilson is to be a constantly updated database for internship openings within Wilson County.

This year’s members facilitating the Internship Wilson project are Necole Bell, Charlie Brooks, Hohimer, Traci Pope, Maphet and Cynthia Roach; these six members are a part of Leadership Wilson’s class of 2017.

Leadership Wilson, founded in 1993, is a nonprofit community leadership organization that serves the community and educates leaders in Wilson County. Each year, about 30 participants from the business, education, civic, religious and government communities of Wilson County are provided a comprehensive leadership training opportunity through experiential learning, daylong seminars, group discussions, field trips and retreats, which creates a forum to exchange ideas and discuss areas of interest.