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Scott Walker, Governor
Reginald J. Newson, Secretary

Department of Workforce Development
Secretary's Office

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Madison, WI 53707-7946
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Wednesday, September 9, 2015
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During Workforce Development Month, Secretary Newson Chairs Special Internship Session at Governor's Small Business Summit

Break-out session follows DWD leaders' Young Professionals roundtable tour focused on Millennials

EAU CLAIRE – Today, during the annual Governor's Small Business Summit, Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Reggie Newson moderated a special break-out session titled "Creating Value through Effective Internships" to discuss the value that internships can bring to our incoming workforce, as well as to small businesses looking to find and develop talent.

"Governor Walker's Small Business Summit provides an opportunity to discuss how internship programs can benefit small businesses and provide workplace training for incoming members of the workforce, including Millennials who are deciding where to launch their careers," Secretary Newson said. "Internship programs are one way that we can engage bright young men and women and encourage them to build their professional lives in Wisconsin."

Panelists for today's break-out session included:

Earlier this year, DWD executives visited top Wisconsin workplaces for Millennials and met with young professionals about what they look for in a career and workplace. They also spoke with businesses about the benefits of engaging young workers early and developing workplace skills. One recurring theme was the value of internship programs for employers and for students alike.

During today's breakout session, panelists discussed the process to set up an internship program and the value that interns can bring to any employer, including small businesses.

The summit took place during Workforce Development Month, which Governor Walker proclaimed for September to showcase programs and initiatives that are equipping Wisconsin's workforce with skills that employers need in the modern economy.

Information about the Governor's Small Business Summit