QC Chamber’s “InternQC” program seeks to “attract and retain” top talent

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DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) – The Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce’s “InternQC” program focuses on ambition and creativity, showcasing the unique culture of the Quad Cities, and is designed to launch the career of a intern.

“InternQC is part of our broader strategy to attract and retain top talent for employers in our quad cities,” said Mark Holloway, Vice President of Talent and Inclusion, Quad City Chamber of Commerce. . “It’s a great way for these interns to acclimate to the employer, get used to the work environment, learn more about the employer, and for the employer to learn more about them. We’re lucky enough to show them some of the hotspots in the area, introduce them to some of our local favorites, and a great way to help them bond.

The program includes access to leadership development lessons and features different parts of the Quad Cities.

“You see them start to say, ‘I see myself here, I see myself living in this community, I see myself working at this job,’ and we want that to be part of our strategy that ensures people stay here long term. said Holloway

Former “InternQC” intern Ty Lewis said the program was eye-opening.

“Inside it was just amazing,” Lewis said. “Being able to network and meet people my age who are interns here, and just be able to talk to them. You can see what their life is like, see what their professions are. I learned a lot about what they do. You don’t know ever when you are going to get in touch, or how they can help you later in life.

The program promotes networking.

“Building relationships outside of work is really important for them to have a good experience,” Holloway said.

Lewis said “InternQC” groomed him for his job at Quad City Bank & Trust.

“Being able to speak to a different variety of industries is going to help me be the best lender, the best business lender, that I can be,” Lewis said.

There are over 200 trainees in this year’s class. Lewis’ advice is to enjoy every interaction because there’s always something new to learn.

‘InternQC’ takes place from the beginning of June to the end of July. One of the many benefits is that trainees can watch a River Bandits game at Modern Woodmen Park.

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