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Students from James Monroe High School in Fredericksburg attend an Intern Expo at the Fredericksburg Expo Center [Photo: Fredericksburg Public Schools]
The first Fredredericksburg Regional Intern Expo is in the books, and participating students from area schools did much more than get coffee for the boss.

The Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce welcomed 500 high school students from King George, Spotsylvania, Caroline, Stafford, and Fredericksburg, and students from the University of Mary Washington and Germanna Community College on Tuesday, April 26, for the first-ever event.

We first told you about the upcoming event and how companies are scrambling to find new talent in March.

More than forty regional businesses attended the expo to share details about intern opportunities at their companies. Volunteers from the business community and school districts assisted in breakout rooms that helped students prepare an elevator pitch, create a LinkedIn account and take a career assessment.

The event was held at the Fredericksburg Expo Center, 2371 Carl D. Silver Parkway.

“It was exciting to see students come so prepared and watch them engaging with their potential future employers…Even the students who may not land an internship were able to practice and strengthen their soft skills, which is an invaluable opportunity,” said Rebecca Morris, internship and work-study counselor at Germanna Community College.

“As a business owner, it felt so good to see so many people ready to get back to work. I really enjoyed the in-person conversations and had over 25 students sign up to intern with me,” said A & B Creative Events business Owner Latasha Brooks.

Students at the event could apply for one of two $1,500 scholarships sponsored by Rappahannock Electric Cooperative, Una-Dyn, and Matern Staffing. The Chamber’s Workforce Now committee will review applications and announce the winners on June 1, 2022.

The event is a pilot program supported by a grant from Go Virginia and sponsorships from the Fredericksburg Area Builders Association, Mary Washington Healthcare, and Rappahannock Electric Cooperative.

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