Paducah Chamber Launches Intern Initiative

Published Friday, February 19, 2021 11:00 am

It’s never too early to think about hiring extra help for summer 2021.  The Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking information from local businesses and industries about summer internships and work opportunities in the Paducah and McCracken County area.  The Chamber is coordinating efforts with the West Kentucky Workforce Board and Four Rivers Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) to compile a comprehensive list of job opportunities.  This list will be distributed to the Career Services Departments at area colleges and universities and available on the Chamber’s website for distribution to college students who are interested in summer employment. 

For businesses who have not previously had a college summer intern, a webinar is being offered by the Workforce Board and local SHRM chapter on Thursday, March 11 at 9 a.m. with more details on how to structure a program.  

“We want our area students who are in college to come home this summer to work,” said Sandra Wilson, President of the Paducah Chamber.  “The Chamber started our Intern Initiative a few years back to greet our area’s summer interns and include them in local activities especially with our Paducah Young Professionals.  These students are investing their time here and our local businesses are investing in them through summer work.  We want to encourage them to come back when they graduate to build our workforce.”  

“Retaining talented young people is crucial to the future of the Paducah area,” said Rhiannon Jenkins, co-chair of the Paducah Young Professionals and Assistant Vice President/Treasury Management & Payments Consultant with U.S. Bank.  “This program aims to connect young people with each other and local leaders and also to show them that this is a community where they can thrive.” 

The Paducah Chamber Intern Initiative is designed to assist interns who are working in the community to network with our growing population of young professionals; meet other interns who are working in the community; become more informed about the community; develop professional and social skills; and enjoy their summer in the area.  The long-term goals of the program are to build the community’s future workforce, fill open jobs and grow the community.  

The Paducah Chamber is launching a survey to Chamber members and non-Chamber member businesses may also participate.  To receive a copy of the survey, let the chamber know about summer job opportunities, or register for the webinar, go to or email the Chamber at

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