Starke County, Indiana – Over the past several summers, the Starke County Economic Development Foundation (SCEDF) has employed summer interns to assist with various projects in the office with the intent of helping to prepare them for employment beyond college. We would like to recognize our past interns.
Todd Fornelli was our first intern during the summer of 2013. Todd was a Knox High School graduate and was attending Purdue University during his internship at SCEDF. Todd is employed at Justrite Safety Group in Denver, Colorado. Here is what he had to say: “My short time with the SCEDF as an intern in 2013 opened many doors for me in the past five years. After working closely with successful area manufacturers, I was able to realize my own passion for the manufacturing environment. Since then, I've been consistently pursuing positions that will further expand my knowledge and understanding of Supply Chain Operations. My hopes are to one day return to Starke County with the experience and industry expertise that the SCEDF enabled me to discover and help contribute to a thriving community.”
Rachel Mullens interned during the summer of 2014. We had so many good candidates that year that we provided two internships. Rachel was a North Judson-San Pierre High School graduate. Rachel commented, “I interned at the Foundation the summer before my senior year of college at Huntington University. I spent my last semester student teaching at a middle school in an 8th grade math classroom. While student teaching, I not only gained experience in teaching math all ability levels, but I also gained confirmation that teaching was my passion and a career I'd like to continue. Immediately after graduation, I moved across the country to Oak Harbor, WA. I began my teaching career as a math teacher for 6th grade, 7th grade and a pre-algebra class. There I joined a team that was beginning work on making math curriculum vertically aligned throughout the district. While working as an intern at the Foundation, I became quite familiar with the middle school standards -- so the vertical alignment team was something I enjoyed spending time on. I continued teaching at Oak Harbor for another year, then moved to Seattle, WA. I now commute to Kirkland, WA to work at the middle school there. I started as a 7th grade math and 8th grade science teacher and will be switching to teach both 6th grade math and 6th grade science this year. I will always be grateful that the Foundation decided to add an intern position for me. I learned how to be a professional and how to hold myself in meetings with educators and various board members. While writing a curriculum content for Manufacturer's Day, I also discovered that I can still use my creativeness as an educator. As I mentioned before, I am thankful for my time as an intern at SCEDF and for the members there who supported me.”
Stefanie McGovern also interned during the summer of 2014. Stefanie was a Winamac High School graduate. Stefanie shared, “Since finishing my internship, I moved to Fishers, Indiana. I graduated from the Kelley School of Business in December 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in marketing. I am currently employed with RNDC (Republic National Distribution Company) as a sales representative for their Bravo Division. Outside of work, I am involved with my church, iTown. I will be traveling to the Himalayan Mountains of Nepal for my second mission trip this October. We will be backpacking through the mountains, where we will minister to those unreached. “
Miranda Ray was an intern during the summer of 2015. She graduated from Knox High School in three years. Miranda was our official photographer during her internship at SCEDF, taking photographs at various events for the Foundation. After her internship she completed her Bachelors’ Degree in telecommunications with a major in digital video production and a minor in screenwriting in three years at Ball State University. Since graduating she has worked for a medical billing center and does freelance photography on the side. She is currently in the process of moving and is waiting to complete the move before pushing the photography and videography further.
Dylan Holiday interned at SCEDF during the summers of 2015, 2016, and 2017. She was a graduate of Plymouth High School. Dylan shared, “After completing my final semester at Manchester University, I moved back to Plymouth in hopes of discovering a career in marketing or media coordination. I currently work at the Coffee Lodge in Plymouth and as a part- time social media coordinator. I hope to continue to explore opportunities within the public relations or media association fields.”
We are grateful to have been a part of our interns’ educational process and wish them the best as they continue in their current and future careers.
The Starke County Economic Development Foundation is a not-for-profit local economic development organization (LEDO) providing economic development opportunities on behalf of Starke County, Indiana, the City of Knox, and the Towns of North Judson and Hamlet through the development of industrial parks, rail spurs, greenfield sites, shovel-ready sites, infrastructure and workforce development. For more information regarding the Starke County Economic Development Foundation, visit www.scedf.biz.