Initiative to target Capital Region student interns for professional development

Baton Rouge, La. (April 1, 2019) – The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) today announced the return of InternBR, an initiative of its Talent Development department designed to provide area student interns with professional development focused on leadership and communication skills. InternBR is presented by Gallagher.

The eight-week program will take place in June and July and will include skills development workshops, service and social events, and a graduation ceremony. Applications are available online at brac.org/internbr and will be accepted through Tuesday, April 30. Businesses in the nine-parish Capital Region are encouraged to have their summer student interns apply.

“Attracting and retaining top talent in the Baton Rouge Area is one of the core objectives of our strategic plan,” said Melissa Thompson, BRAC director of talent development. “InternBR cultivates the region’s millennial talent by providing them with crucial networking experiences and skills needed to launch a career post-graduation, while also introducing them to the many things the Capital Region has to offer.”

Professional communication and leadership topics include behavior preferences and leadership styles, email and workplace etiquette, and interpersonal communication and networking. InternBR fellows will also participate in service and social events to further connect them with all the Baton Rouge Area has to offer young professionals.

InternBR is a competitive, application-based program. Interested participants must have a summer internship in the Baton Rouge Area, be enrolled in a college or university, and have permission from a direct supervisor. Applications are open through Tuesday, April 30. Selected candidates will be notified in May. Interns and/or employers may complete the application and learn more online at brac.org/internbr.

InternBR is presented by Gallagher. Hannis T Bourgeois is a participant sponsor.

About the Baton Rouge Area Chamber

The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) leads economic development in the nine-parish Baton Rouge Area, working to grow jobs and wealth and to improve the business climate and competitiveness in the region. Today, BRAC investors include more than 1,500 small businesses, mid-sized firms, large industry and entrepreneurial startups, as well as individuals and organizations that support business and economic development. In this capacity, BRAC serves as the voice of the business community, providing knowledge, access, services and advocacy. More information is available at brac.org.

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