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Final Week of the 2014 Intern Challenge

Last week’s intern challenge at the Illinois Department of Public Health ended with heartbreak for two and gleaming hope for not 3, but 4 interns named finalists for the last task of the 2014 Intern Challenge. This week’s assignment from Rockford Health Systems is really what is going to set the champions apart from the rest of the competition. Interns have been assigned the duty of developing an action plan to reach those who should, but aren’t seeking medical attention, identify health issues in our local community, and develop strategies...

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Intern Challenge “Semi-Finals”

The intern challenge is now in its second to last week, with only 6 of the 12 competitors remaining. Last week’s task for BMO Harris Bank went well, with both groups coming up with viable tactics for attracting millennials to the banking industry. Team Progression, led by Tracy Van, came up with the idea of having student ambassadors at colleges and universities to promote the banking industry to fellow millenials. Team Torrent went a different direction, introducing the idea of “guerilla marketing” to the board members, with the idea of a...

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YMCA Intern Challenge Week 4

The stakes continue to rise as week four of the YMCA intern challenge is upon us. With a boardroom meeting on Monday, and another on Friday of this week, contestants have to work quickly and diligently in order to be successful in this weeks assignment. For their last task, teams were assigned the job of raising funds for our 2014 annual campaign. The bar was set high for the teams to raise $2500 each in order to avoid elimination. Although presentation was part of the judges scoring, what this challenge ultimately came down to was dollars...

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Intern Challenge 2014 – The Heat is On!

Onto week three of the YMCA Intern Challenge, but first a re-cap of week two. The contestants, assigned with the tasks of selling tickets, as well as developing new marketing strategies for the Rockford Aviators baseball team put their best feet forward in order to achieve victory. Team Torrent, lead by team leader Levi Johnston, came into the board room prepared with many new strategies for marketing the Aviators, mainly focused on the social media aspect. They were well equipped with relevant data in their presentation, and also included a...

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Intern Challenge 2014

The YMCA of Rock River Valley is currently seeking high school and college students to join us for the third year of our unique Intern Challenge program.  This is a fun, challenging and fast-paced introduction to the professional fields of non-profit, business, marketing, health care and many others. Loosely based on the hit series The Apprentice, this program was designed to engage the area’s students by challenging them to complete nine weeks worth of challenges and projects, which range from fundraising and raising awareness for a cause to...

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Students, Compete for Scholarship Dollars and Paid Internship! YMCA’s 3rd Annual Intern Challenge

The YMCA of Rock River Valley is currently seeking high school and college students to join us for the third year of our unique Intern Challenge program.  This is a fun, challenging and fast-paced introduction to the professional fields of non-profit, business, marketing, health care and many others. Loosely based on the hit series The Apprentice, this program was designed to engage the area’s students by challenging them to complete nine weeks worth of challenges and projects, which range from fundraising and raising awareness for a...

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Should YOU be the Leader, Lead by Example, A Shift in Power

Lead By Example, A Shift in Power “The mediocre teacher tells.  The good teacher explains.  The superior teacher demonstrates.  The great teacher inspires” – William Arthur Ward While most of us have a concept of leadership, our view of how leaders behave is skewed among each of us whom judge.  I am a believer that defined, experienced and dedicated leaders are those that Lead by Example.  The concept of “Leading by Example” sounds simplistic, but in the end is of the most complicated characteristics of any...

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