EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn., July 21. 28, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — This summer, the Winnebago Industries Foundation is funding a new internship program in partnership with Camber Outdoors, a leading nonprofit that promotes inclusion, diversity and equity in the workplace in the outdoor industry. A total of five outdoor recreation companies host fifteen interns with the aim of creating career paths for diverse talent.
“The outdoors is for everyone. At Winnebago Industries, we are committed to creating an inclusive and diverse workplace, where our employees know and feel they belong,” said Michael Happe, CEO of Winnebago Industries. “We are thrilled to partner with Camber Outdoors and other outdoor businesses, to engage the next generation of outdoor enthusiasts.”
The Camber’s future of work The internship program connects companies with students through a summer experience that provides resources and training to students and employers. Winnebago Industries and the Winnebago Industries Foundation provided multi-year initial support for the initiative.
“Career opportunities in outdoor recreation are vast and growing. Camber’s Future of Work Internship Program is designed to attract and develop students from traditionally excluded communities,” said Tiffany Smith, CEO of Camber Outdoors. “We anticipate this early and positive employment experience will strengthen talent journeys, leading to more inclusive and diverse workplaces.”
Camber Outdoors partners with more than 300 companies and organizations in the $887 billion outdoor recreation economy who share a commitment to inclusion, diversity and equity. Working with its partners, Camber has identified a gap in the talent pipeline: connecting traditionally marginalized students directly with outdoor recreation employers through internships.
In addition to internships with teams in their field of study, interns participate in cohort-based learning experiences.
“I was attracted to the opportunity based on the DEI initiative that Camber was taking action on, allowing more diverse talent to gain positions in this industry,” says Myles Bradley, intern at Grand Design RV Purchasing and supply chain operations. “Being someone who likes to spend time outdoors and a strong supporter of DEI, I thought this would be a great opportunity for me. I was able to learn a lot from my intern manager and intern buddy. This organization has an incredible culture and being around it has allowed me to grasp some of the characteristics needed to be a successful organization.”
Over the next three years, Camber plans to expand the program to include other schools and employers, with the goal of placing 125 interns. Interested partners should contact Camber Outdoors at camberoutdoors.org.
About the Winnebago Industries Foundation
The Winnebago Industries Foundation seeks to inspire new generations of outdoor enthusiasts, mobilize resources to reach people in need, and support employee volunteers to create strong, inclusive communities where we work, live and play. We focus our community investment in three areas of impact: outdoors, access and community. Learn more about www.winnebagoind.com/responsibility/community.
About Winnebago Industries
Winnebago Industries, Inc. is a leading North American manufacturer of outdoor products under the Winnebago, Grand Design, Chris-Craft, Newmar and Barletta brand names, which are primarily used in leisure travel and outdoor activities. outdoors. The company builds quality motorhomes, travel trailers, fifth wheel products, pontoons, inboard/outboard and sterndrive motor boats and community commercial vehicles. Winnebago Industries has multiple facilities in Iowa, Indiana, Minnesota and Florida. The Company’s common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and trades under the symbol WGO. To access Winnebago Industries’ investor relations materials or to add your name to an automatic distribution list for company press releases, visit http://investor.wgo.net.
About Camber Outdoors
Camber Outdoors is dedicated to promoting inclusion, equity and diversity in the workplaces that make up the outdoor recreation economy. To learn more about Camber Outdoors, visit camberoutdoors.org.
Winnebago Industries, Chad Reece – 641-585-6647 – [email protected]
Camber, Julie Evans – 970-946-0856 – [email protected]