CHRISTIANSBURG – The Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce has received recognition as a 2023 Top Virginia Employer for Interns by Virginia Talent + Opportunity Partnership (V-TOP).
The organization was the only Chamber of Commerce in Virginia to receive the recognition.
The annual award recognizes Virginia employers who provide high-quality internships to students. Some of the noteworthy efforts of employers include exposure to senior leaders, structured mentorship programs, housing allowances, paid time off, security clearances and training for industry certifications.
“All the award winners demonstrate a commitment to meaningful internships,” said Peter Blake, State Council of Higher Education for Virginia director. “High-quality internships enhance a student’s educational experience and strengthen our workforce.”
Steve Baffuto, President & CEO of the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce said, “It is an honor to be recognized for this award. Our interns provided a valuable resource through their service to our members and our community while they develop skills in marketing, communications, and customer service.”
The Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce currently has interns from Radford University, Virginia Tech, and New River Community College.
The Top Employers for Interns Awards marks one of several ways the Commonwealth celebrates Virginia Intern Day when employers, students, colleges and universities are recognized for their participation in work-based learning opportunities. Governor Youngkin signed a proclamation recognizing Virginia Intern Day on July 27, 2023, aligning it with National Intern Day.
V-TOP is administered by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia in partnership with the Virginia Chamber of Commerce Foundation and the Virginia Business Higher Education Council. It is funded by the General Assembly’s Commonwealth Innovative Internship Fund and Program.
Submitted by MCCC