CEO Internship Program Provides Opportunities for Alumni

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Published on September 26 2012 6:40 pm
Last Updated on July 14 2013 4:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

The CEO program offers a transformational educational experience to students from all six
Effingham County high schools. Students visit 50 area businesses, learn from dozens of guest
speakers, write and present business plans, and start their own businesses. CEO is a learning
environment rich in real-life knowledge and experience.

This past summer, a new chapter in the CEO experience was unveiled. The CEO Internship
Program was launched, and offered eight CEO alums the opportunity to serve in 10-week paid
internships in six area companies. Participating companies included Vantage Outsourcing,
Bushue Human Resources, Hodgson Mill, Midland States Bank, Agracel, and Patterson
Technology.

In addition to the work experience gained through their internship, CEO alums were also
presented with a $1,000 scholarship. The scholarships are funded separately from the
internships, and a fund-raising dinner was held at the Firefly Grill on September 9.

More than 170 people attended the event, which featured entrees from the famous Allen Brothers Steaks and wine from Koerner Distributor. Enough money was raised at the dinner to ensure that at least 12 scholarships can be funded for next year.

Sharon Schaubert, who is part of the committee that oversees the internships, is excited about
the program. “It’s a logical next step for our alums,” said Schaubert. “CEO students have been
given a great head start through their participation in the class, and the internship program gives them the chance to use the skills and knowledge they’ve gained in real world situations.”

(AMANDA BARR, A CEO CLASS ALUMNUS, WAS AMONG THOSE TO BE BENEFITED BY THE PROCEEDS FROM THE DINNER)

Jennifer Niebrugge, a member of the first CEO class, in 2008-2009, served as the event
coordinator for the dinner. “This was the perfect opportunity to use what I learned in CEO,”
Niebrugge said. “It was great to reconnect with our business community, and it makes me even more certain that I’d like to come back to live and work in Effingham.”