Pasadena Chamber Fetes Member Companies That Hosted Local Student Interns

Four companies recognized for hosting interns each year of the Pasadena Chamber internship program with Pasadena Unified School District

Published : Wednesday, September 12, 2018 | 11:32 AM

Intern and Host Company recognition with Pasadena Chamber and Pasadena Unified. Thanks to the company reps, students, families and others who showed up to support the students.

At an event at Brookside Golf Club in late August, the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce recognized four of their member companies that have hosted student interns each year of the Chamber’s partnership with Pasadena Unified School District. The Law Offices of Donald P. Schweitzer, Pasadena Police Department, Pasadena Ronald McDonald House and Vroman’s Bookstore have each hosted at least one intern since the Chamber began its Workforce Development initiative in the local public schools.

Over the past summer, the Chamber was responsible for placing, supervising and evaluating 140 summer interns. The effort is a partnership through the Pasadena Unified School District’s College and Careers office and the career academies at Blair, Muir and Pasadena High Schools. The Chamber initiative began in 2015.

The intern celebration was hosted by Pasadena Unified School District, the Pasadena Chamber and Armory Center for the Arts. Invited to attend were student interns and their families, host companies and local community and business leaders.

“The Pasadena Chamber of Commerce was pleased to be part of the celebration marking the end of our summer internships for 2018,” said Pasadena Chamber President and CEO Paul Little. “The celebration was an opportunity to recognize our PUSD student interns, the host companies and the individuals, including our own Workforce Development Director Amy Foell, who made the summer program so successful.”

At the celebration, representatives of The Law Offices of Donald P. Schweitzer, Pasadena Ronald McDonald House, Vroman’s Bookstore and the Pasadena Police Department were each presented with a plaque thanking them for their support of the internship program.

“Without dedicated companies in our local community willing to host a student intern for the summer, our program could not be successful,” Chamber Workforce Development Director Amy Foell said. “Over the past several years, we have placed more than 500 interns who gained meaningful workplace experience and made lasting connections with our local business leaders.”

Sgt. Glenn Thompson of the Pasadena Police mentioned at the event that several of their interns hosted by the department over the years had joined the PPD Explorer’s Program and were interested in pursuing careers in law enforcement. One had recently joined the military with the intent of completing his service and then returning to do police work in our local community. This year’s intern, Brandon Lopez, gained experience in forensics, property, investigations and more.

Ashlee Null and Dolores Bauer of Vroman’s each talked about how mature and helpful the intern they hosted was, and how helpful she was in every task she was assigned. Megan Willerford helped out with marketing, sales, inventory and even worked Vroman’s author events.

All host companies in attendance received a certificate of thanks from the Pasadena Chamber. Student interns were presented with a Chamber certificate of completion, commendations from Assembly Member Chris Holden and State Senator Anthony Portantino as well as a check for $250.

Host companies that were able donated the $250 toward their student’s stipend to the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce Foundation, which turned the funds over to Pasadena Educational Foundation which issued the checks.

In addition to their intern hours, students had to compete a class over the summer related to their workplace experience. Throughout the school year, the Pasadena Chamber enables Pasadena Unified students to hear guest speakers, provide work site tours, professional mentoring, experience job shadowing opportunities and intern with a local company.

Anyone interested in supporting the Chamber’s workforce development efforts by hosting an intern can contact Amy at amy@pasadena-chamber.org. Anyone want to provide financial support can make a tax-deductible donation through the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce Foundation at www.pasadenayouthworks.org.

The Pasadena Chamber of Commerce Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides support for work-based learning and financial literacy programs to benefit young people and others seeking employment or professional advancement in our community. This work is done with and through the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce and Civic Association. The Pasadena Chamber of Commerce Foundation is a catalyst transforming high school students into employment and college ready individuals. The Foundation facilitates collaborations between business and education with classroom speakers, job shadowing, internship opportunities, college visits and more.

The Pasadena Chamber of Commerce and Civic Association is a professional business organization. Since the earliest days of Pasadena, the Chamber has played a major role in the development of this internationally renowned city. Since 1888, when the organization was founded as the Board of Trade, the Chamber’s primary purpose has been the enhancement of both the business climate and the quality of life in Pasadena. The Pasadena Chamber of Commerce serves more than 1450 members. http://www.pasadena-chamber.org/

 

 

 

 

 

 

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