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The Summer Series for Interns & Co-ops is a hand-crafted program designed exclusively for Fond du Lac area businesses and their college interns and co-op students. Our goal is to assist in your recruitment and retention strategies while promoting the greater Fond du Lac area.

The program provides professional development, networking tools, leadership and life skills, and information on living, working, and playing in Fond du Lac as a young professional. By offering unique and relevant content at each event, this program provides a platform for further community exposure and enhances your talent recruitment efforts.

This Series is made up of a total of five events, spanning June – July in 2024. We anticipate over 100 students will participate!

Most events will start at 2:00 p.m. and conclude by 4:30 p.m.; all events are held on a Thursday. Refreshments and materials are provided at each event. The one exception to the stated timeframe structure is the Dock Spiders baseball game, which occurs outside of business hours.

Event Dates, Times & Venues

  • June 13
    • Time: 2:00 – 4:30 p.m.
    • Venue: Thelma Sadoff Center for The Arts
    • Topic: Get to know Fond du Lac County
    • Keynote Speaker: James Robilotta
  • June 20
    • Time: 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
    • Venue: Dock Spiders baseball game
    • Topic: A fun night out at the ballpark 
  • June 27
    • Time: 2:00 – 4:30 p.m.
    • Venue: Volunteer Site – Fond du Lac Non-Profit
    • Topic: Volunteer Opportunity
  • July 11
    • Time: 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    • Venue: Hotel Retlaw
    • Topic: Business Etiquette & Young Professionals Discussion
  • July 18
    • Time: 2:00 – 4:30 p.m.
    • Venue: TBA
    • Topic: Artificial Intelligence, Cyber Security, and Automation
      Farewell social at a local restaurant

2023 Program Impact Data:

  • 109 students participated.
  • 8 Fond du Lac County employers represented.
  • Attendee perception of Fond du Lac County improved after participating in the program.
  • 77% of the participants were either likely or extremely likely to recommend the program to others.

Event Topic Examples Include:

  • Nationally recognized Keynote Speaker: James Robilotta
  • Volunteering at a local non-profit organization
  • Brushing up on business protocol and etiquette
  • A night out at the ballpark for a Dock Spiders baseball game
  • Networking with the Young Professionals of Fond du Lac

    Registration Fee & Process:

    The registration fee is $150 per intern/co-op, this secures their participation in the entire Summer Series for Interns & Co-Ops (5 events total). The registration fee for non-members is $175 per intern/co-op.

    Business representatives will register their interns/co-ops. It is recommended that you determine your exact headcount for the series and then complete one ‘bulk’ registration.

    Registration is required by May 13, 2024.

    Valuable Advice: A best practice identified by participating businesses in 2021 was to present this as a paid opportunity to their interns and co-ops. This, in addition to having the registration fee paid and a flexible work schedule, enabled their students’ participation in the entire series. Many businesses informed their interns and co-ops of the program during onboarding, making it an expectation that they attend the entire series.

    For more information, please contact Sarah Van Buren at Envision Greater Fond du Lac at [email protected], or by calling (920) 921-9500. Thank you!

    Past business participants include:

    • BCI Burke Company
    • Commonwealth Construction Corporation
    • FIVES Giddings & Lewis
    • Grande Cheese Company
    • Hometown Bank
    • J.F. Ahern Co.
    • Mercury Marine
    • Michels Corporation
    • National Exchange Bank & Trust
    • Radio Plus
    • Society Insurance
    • WDS Construction, Inc.

      What do business participants have to say about the Summer Series for Interns & Co-ops?

      “The Summer Series for Interns was not only a beneficial program to engage our interns in offerings that the Fond du Lac community can provide, but it was also fun! The students really enjoyed going to the different programs, seeing different venues in the city, and connecting with other interns from neighboring businesses that were in Fond du Lac for the summer. We highly recommend including this in your businesses summer intern programming.”  –  HR Manager at Grande

      “The Envision Greater Fond du Lac team provides a tremendous and valuable resource to connecting interns and employers throughout the community. The social and networking opportunities are excellent!”  –  HR Coordinator at Society Insurance

      What do the Intern & Co-op participants think?

      “A very well put on event. I’ve been to many young adult leadership type events and I usually dread them. This event changed my perspective. Awesome job!” –  Mercury Marine Co-op

      “The panel was relatable, interesting and provided amazing insight. I made sure to take notes as a lot of what they said can help me find a job.” – National Exchange Bank & Trust Intern

      “The opportunities to have conversations with peers and YPF members was insightful for considering my path as a young professional. I also thought the Non-Profit Panel was very informative and it directly applied to all of us in our professional career.” – Grande Intern

      “Great event to meet people within our companies and around the community.” – Michels Corporation Intern