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Thursday, July 14, 2016

From the President’s Desk: Chamber STEM Intern Success


School’s out for summer!

But not for some “rising seniors” and newly minted graduates from Chicago Public Schools.  Theirs is a summer of work-based learning.

The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce and the Chamber Foundation are continuing a successful internship program that began last year with CompTIA, a leading voice for the IT industry, and CPS Early College STEM Schools, particularly those serving underprivileged neighborhoods.

This summer, we’ve placed 12 students in IT internships with business owners and entrepreneurs served by our Illinois Small Business Development Center.  The Chamber Foundation, which focuses in part on workforce development, including youth employment, is paying the stipends for these interns, since these businesses are chiefly “start ups” and unable to afford the cost.

In this six-week program, students are applying what they’ve learned in the classroom, performing such tech tasks as building websites, creating digital multimedia presentations, and developing social media platforms.

Leonardo Caballero and Brianna Day are two such talented interns.  Sited at the Chamber, because their clients lack a dedicated workspace outside of the home, both are from Sarah E. Goode STEM Academy, which is located in Ashburn.  Both are poised, focused, confident, and impressive.

Leonardo, who just graduated from Sarah Goode, will be attending Bradley University this fall as a computer science major—the first in his family ever to attend college.  As an IT intern last summer, he worked as a game developer.  This summer, his internship has him concentrating on website development.

Even in elementary school, Leonardo was interested in tech.  “I like to explore and learn.  I’m inspired by the people using technology to create new ideas, new things, new worlds.”  He intends to hone his programming skills and aspires to develop the next innovative app.

His classmate returns to Sarah Goode this fall to finish her senior year.  Upon graduation, Brianna has her sights set on majoring in criminal justice.  Encouraged by her family, who highly value education, she intends to become an attorney.  Her STEM program is helping to create a disciplined and analytical mind.

Her internship has her concentrating on websites and social media.  “I’m encountering new information.  There’s a bit of a learning curve,” Brianna reports, “but I just need to work hard to push through it.”

This is an exciting program not only for these students but also for our small businesses, which are located in communities across the city, from the South Side to the North Side, including Auburn Gresham, Bronzeville, River North, and Rogers Park.  Neighborhood students from neighborhood schools are helping and learning from neighborhood businesses.  And the Chicagoland Chamber is there in the neighborhoods to support them.

It’s a win-win-win program!  Students are gaining valuable employment experience, building an impressive resume, developing professional contacts, and sharpening their skills.

Businesses are receiving a needed IT resource and seeing the value in internships and work-based learning.

And the Chamber is serving our members across our many communities.

Win.  Win.  Win!


Theresa E. Mintle
President & CEO
Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce

Chamber College Interns

This summer, the Chamber also welcomes its college interns Henry Roth (far left) in the Small Business Development Center, Priscilla Gil (left of center) in Communications, Aquita James (center) in Communications, Ruben Bautista (right of center) in Government Relations, and Alex Smith (far right) in Communications.

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Networking with the Cubs!

Join us for an evening of fun in Wrigleyville on August 30, beginning with a pre-game networking reception at Murphy’s Bleachers, just steps away from Wrigley Field, and culminating with a seat at the park to watch the Chicago Cubs take on the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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Hit the Links with the Chamber at Conway Farms

Get in a beautiful day of golf with the Chamber at its 2016 Annual Corporate Golf Outing on September 19 at Conway Farms, the beautiful Tom Fazio award-winning course which sits on 209 acres in Lake Forest.

Last year, we celebrated after two golfers nailed a hole in one during the event. Will history repeat itself? Join us and take your best shot!

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Conway Farms Golf Course photographed in June 2015. ┬ęCharles Cherney Photography

Results Released for 2016 DEI Survey

The US Business Leadership Network (USBLN) – of which our Chicagoland Business Leadership Network is an affiliate – and the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) released the results of the 2016 Disability Equality Index survey. Top-scoring companies were awarded a spot on the “2016 DEI Best Places to Work” list.

Among the companies that scored 100% were Chamber Board Members: American Airlines, AT&T, KPMG, JP Morgan Chase, United Airlines, Verizon Wireless, Walmart, and Wells Fargo.

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Looking for Interns?

The University of Illinois at Chicago is an excellent resource for recruiting students for internships, part-time and full-time positions. Employers seeking student talent should post to UICCareers.com. The Office of Career Services also offers career fairs, workshops, information tables, on-campus interviewing, and other opportunities where employers can promote their organizations and find talent.

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Bank of America Prepares Students for Workforce Success

Bank of America selected five Chicago high school students to participate in the Student Leaders program, an initiative that offers paid summer internships at local nonprofits to students with community-oriented mindsets, helping them develop critical workforce and leadership skills.

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August 3 | Business After Business Networking at Kaiser Tiger August 17 | Breakfast Club at Oakwood Worldwide August 23 | 4th Annual CITCA Summer Reception
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Get in some summer networking at Kaiser Tiger, recognized by Time Out Chicago as one of the best spots in the city to spend an afternoon. Make new connections at Oakwood Worldwide, the world's leading provider of furnished and serviced corporate apartments and residences. Mingle with trade commissioners and foreign diplomats, learn about global growth opportunities, and experience a breathtaking Chicago skyline from 1,000 feet above the Magnificent Mile.

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Red Caffeine Reaps the Awards of Hard Work

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Sage Summit | July 25-28

Sage Summit is the world’s largest event for small- and mid-sized businesses, featuring three days of learning, training, networking, and test-driving technology.

Mobile Payments Conference | August 29-31

MPC will shine a spotlight on mobile payment services, familiarizing business owners and retailers with the changing technology, while helping businesses develop strategies to adopt and align with this growing industry.

Midwest Accounting & Finance Showcase | August 23-24

This Illinois CPA Society conference is packed with 10 cutting-edge tracks of education to personalize your learning experience. Earn CPE credit, test drive new technologies, network, and hear from leading national experts on topics relevant to accounting and finance today.


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Join us in welcoming these new members and make sure to connect with them at upcoming Chamber events:


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