The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

June 5, 2013

Inaugural program allows for networking opportunities

Enid News & Eagle

— The collective experiences of Enid interns should be getting a little brighter thanks to the new Enid Summer Achievers Program.

The Enid Regional Development Alliance introduced this inaugural program, which offers free housing, utilities, Internet and cable. Additionally, dinners are organized with business partners, and social outings are planned to help interns experience Enid’s fun side and allow for networking opportunities.

Participants were recognized Tuesday during a luncheon sponsored by the ERDA.

Interns arrived earlier this month and will work through July.

They are: Ashley Silfies, working at Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center; Joseph Domnick and Ty Schoenhals, working at W.B. Johnston; Emalie Johnson, Enid Event Center and Visit Enid; Jessica Salmond, Enid News & Eagle; Trent Misak and Danielle Comstock, Leonardo’s Discovery Warehouse; Elizabeth Himes, 4RKids; Ana Melendez, Aspire Oklahoma; Ryan Fowler, Chantel Bay, Rachel Leak, Caleb Arthur, Amanda Diedrich, Ivan Malina and Rebekah Gary, all working for the city of Enid; Caleb Westfahl, Hiland Partners; Morgan Reiner, Oxbow Calcining; and Pendleton Shane, Envirotech Engineering.

Thanks to Brent Kisling, ERDA executive director, for helping make this unique program happen.

The interns became aware of the program through efforts of ERDA to find people to fill summer jobs. Lisa Powell, of ERDA, said Kisling goes to trade shows around the country and always promotes Enid’s summer intern program.

“There are a lot of places to visit, a lot to do,” Enid Mayor Bill Shewey said. “Enid has a lot going on right now; life is exciting.”

The mayor is right. And we’re excited to have the program kicking off this summer.