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BOOSTING INTERN ENGAGEMENT Inspiring the Next Generation of Leaders Stillwater360 is a new program designed to engage college interns with diff erent facets of the community. A 26 fter its start in 2018, this six-week pro- who participated in the program as an intern lifelong learner and how to get involved with gram helps these students understand with the Stillwater News Press. “It gives us city government. how to get plugged in with the city as people we can get to know, not just on a pro- young professionals. Interns have a chance fessional level but as friends, too. It’s great to The objective of the six sessions is to entice to meet and network with other interns have an opportunity to feel like we’re involved from companies around Stillwater. At each in the community.” session, interns enjoy interesting and infor- The 2018 class got to experience Stillwater to help emerging leaders learn more about through the lens of professionals, nonprofi ts the community beyond the university experi- and community leaders. Each session had ence. They learn valuable skills to take with a focus on a diff erent facet of community them as they transition from college student mative guest speakers and learn more about the community. “It’s a great way to network with people in the community, fi nd out what’s going on in Still- engagement such as philanthropy, being a and the companies with which they are interning. The Chamber of Commerce hopes to young professional, meet business profes- sionals from a variety of industries and learn about what makes our community special. Corner Office: Realized From small businesses to big businesses, at Simmons Bank we take pride in helping our customers make their dreams come true. Strong partnerships generate successful returns, and we’ve been helping businesses do just that for over 100 years. Find out how we can help your business grow by visiting your local branch or going to simmonsbank.com/business. Member FDIC simmonsbank.com “My favorite part … was being poured into by other professionals who want me to succeed as much as they do.” — EMMA WOOL ARD, INTERN WITH OUR DAILY BREAD 27 BY AUBRIE BOWL AN Employers interested in having interns par- ticipate in the program can contact the Chamber for more information. water through the summer,” said Hallie Hart, young people to fall in love with Stillwater