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DSM Intern Connection Program Participation Leads to High Likelihood of Relocating to Des Moines

DSM Intern Connection

November 7, 2023

This year Greater Des Moines Partnership’s DSM Intern Connection program participants attended a variety of free professional development and social opportunities in Downtown Des Moines (DSM). Events allowed college students from over 50 colleges and universities from around the country to network with each other while getting to know businesses and leaders in the region.

Programming included session topics about ways to get involved in DSM, employment benefits and finances, networking tips, advice from young professionals and top business leaders in the region. Students who actively participated in four or more events received a Mastry of Community Leadership Certificate from The Partnership to note community engagement. This credential has proven to be yet another key differentiator for these job applicants.

DSM Intern Connection Networking

DSM Intern Connection Program Success

The six DSM Intern Connection events were successful in helping immerse interns in career exploration and development experiences. According to a DSM Intern Connection follow-up survey, after attending these events more than 78% of participants would be likely or very likely to relocate to Greater Des Moines if they received a job offer. This number is higher than the national average for Intern conversion.

“I found all of the sessions incredibly valuable,” said one intern. “Especially the speed networking with the CEOs at the Executive Luncheon.”

Another said, “Great program … If in DSM next summer, I will participate again!”

“I really enjoyed being able to take part in Intern Connection this summer and appreciate all the time energy and effort that was put into making this a fun, educational, and professional program. One thing that crossed my mind was how helpful some of this content could have been for any young adult who is entering the workforce whether that be intern, college student, or neither."

The number one place where students learned about the program was through their internship employer. DSM Intern Connection provides the employer with value-added professional development and networking opportunities specifically designed for college interns. We encourage all local employers to urge their interns to take part in the program.

DSM Intern Connection Event

For students and interns interested in attending DSM Intern Connection Program events in 2024, check The Partnership website for updates. We kick off next year’s programming on June 4, 2024. Stay tuned for more updates in early 2024, and we hope you can join us for at least a few of the events being offered. If you’re an employer in Greater Des Moines (DSM) interested in registering your interns, sponsoring and hosting one of our events, contact me at alowder@DSMpartnership.com to discuss possibilities. You don’t even have to have an active internship program at your organization to host or sponsor an event!

Job opportunities and career resources are abundant in Greater Des Moines (DSM). Whether you're looking to find an internship, a job, develop professionally or grow as a student, we have the resources to help you thrive.

Anne Lowder

Anne Lowder is Education and Talent Coordinator at the Greater Des Moines Partnership.