By Alex Ivanisevic & Tia Snyder, Cultivation Corridor Interns
As if the crafty Main Street Cultural District and the Cyclones aren’t reasons enough to see yourself in Ames, the Ames Chamber has gone above and beyond to show interns in the area what Ames has to offer.
The Cultivation Corridor interns went to the kickoff of “See Yourself in Ames” (SYIA) on Tuesday, June 5 at Perfect Games, hosted by the Ames Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development. The social was the first of four networking events this summer offered to interns working for companies in and around the Ames area.
The evening’s activities commenced, and 116 interns divided into groups for trivia and games. Among the groups were interns from ISU Economic Core Facility, Renewable Energy Group, Vermeer and several other industries.
After racking our brains during trivia led by Brenda Dryer, Director of Workforce for the Ames Chamber, we were rewarded with unlimited pizza and relaxing with new colleagues.
Dryer said the goal of organizing the events is to retain talented workforce in the city. The SYIA intern program was created six years ago to market the amenities of each community within Story County, Ames and the ISU Research Park to in-state and out-of-state college students.
Each event is designed to allow optimal connectivity between interns and companies. The venues vary within Ames, showcasing what the community has to offer in hopes people will view it as a prospective area to live and work. Each venue represents a cardinal direction in Ames. Perfect Games was chosen for the west Ames location.
“We like to highlight Ames as a great place to live, work and play,” said Calli Sandahl, Director of Digital Marketing for the Ames Chamber. “We want to show off these different areas of Ames that the students don’t necessarily see because they are on campus so much.”
Dryer said that Adam Carroll, a motivational speaker, received high remarks with the interns last year. He’ll come back again at the next event but with a different message for returning participants to keep the activities fresh.
If it weren’t for the SYIA outing, the two Cultivation Corridor interns wouldn’t have had the pleasure of meeting interns from Danfoss, Emerson and AEDC and hearing about those companies.
The Ames Chamber, Greater Des Moines Partnership, ISU Research Park and Cultivation Corridor are sponsoring the second event, and interns can network with Ames Chamber board members. There’ll be live music from Brad and Kate, pork burgers from Iowa Pork Producers Association and Adam Carroll.
Join Ames and Des Moines area interns at the ISU Economic Development Core Facility in the ISU Research Park on June 26 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. for See Yourself in South Ames.