The Southwest Innovation Corridor Innovation Internship Program has officially launched its first round of internships for the spring! We have matched five Fort Lewis College students and recent alumni with five regional innovation based companies to work together over the next 10 weeks. The students are excited to apply their experience, skills, and knowledge in a highly innovative and entrepreneurial environment, and the companies are eager to develop local talent and help grow their businesses. Keep reading to learn more about the SWIC interns, companies, and projects!
Shannon Harpham is a junior at Fort Lewis College, double majoring in Marketing and Graphic Design, a recipient of the David Olsen Art Scholarship, and captain of the Fort Lewis College DII Women’s Soccer Team. She will be interning with E.P.I.C, (Empowering People, Inspiring Community), a Durango based magazine with a mission to educate, empower and inspire individuals and communities to make conscious decisions about living spiritual, healthy, and sustainable lifestyles. Shannon will be applying her skills and knowledge to assist the lead designer with the creation of advertisements, and spearheading different marketing projects to expand the reach of the magazine.
Ian McPherson is a junior at Fort Lewis College, majoring in Marketing. He is an active member of the Belta Gamma Sigma Accounting Honor Society, and a multiple time State Champion in Road, Cyclocross, and mountain biking. He will be interning with ProEditors, a Telluride based company that operates a platform for professional video editing solutions, transforming raw video footage into lasting memories. Ian will be primarily working on marketing for the company, including email campaigns, newsletters, and social media strategy.
Keisha Green is a senior at Fort Lewis College, majoring in International Business and minoring in French, and is a member of the Fort Lewis College DII Women’s Soccer Team. She will be interning with Amia, a Durango based startup that is working to alleviate elder loneliness and depression by providing a platform to connect smart, empathic people to socially isolated elders through paid, socially interactive visits. Keisha will be assisting with a few marketing projects to help launch Amia’s referral channel program and expand the website to include testimonial videos.
Ryan Torres a junior at Fort Lewis College majoring in Marketing, and is a recipient of the FLC Merit Scholarship. He will be interning with Impyrium, a Durango based company that builds next generation sensor and control systems for industry and business, and is passionate about making the world a better place by creating solutions that allow robots and unmanned vehicles to achieve their full potential. Ryan will be working with Impyrium on a variety of marketing projects including market research, marketing content development, social media, and photography/videography editing and posting.
Bailey Lammon is a recent graduate from Fort Lewis College and will be working with Go Code Colorado. Go Code Colorado brings together a community of entrepreneurs, business partners, and developers to make use of public data through a series of events. One of these events is a challenge weekend that engages the entire state in two days of innovation around the use of public data. Teams across the state compete to build apps that use public data to help businesses make smarter decisions. Bailey will be working to engage Durango and the surrounding communities to put together a team for this year’s challenge.
In addition to their on the job experience, interns will gather periodically as a cohort to receive comprehensive professional development training, participate in workshops on innovation and entrepreneurship, collaborate with fellow interns, and network with regional experts in the field.
“The SWIC Internship Program is an exciting opportunity for Fort Lewis College students to gain applied experience and skills development with entrepreneurial, innovation-based companies in southwest Colorado. The fact that the first phase, introduced only last December, has already matched five of our students and recent alumni with employers demonstrates the great potential of this program!” – Patricia Dommer, Career Services Coordinator at Fort Lewis College
We can’t wait to see what innovative ideas, projects, and products these internships will inspire across the region! We believe that by connecting students and young professionals with regional opportunities to work with innovative and entrepreneurial companies and organizations, we will help cultivate a more diverse and sustainable economic ecosystem across the southwest region of Colorado!
We will be announcing summer internship opportunities in early March. If you are interested in partnering with the SWIC initiative to hire an intern for the summer, please visit the internships page of our website to learn more about the program and inquire about participation. If you are a student or recent alumni interested in internship opportunities please also visit the internships page of our website where we will be posting applications. You can also like us on Facebook to receive the most up to date announcements from the program, www.facebook.com/innovatesouthwest.