Successful internship program continues to attract young professionals

JAMESTOWN – The Gebbie Foundation has awarded the Workforce Investment Board, Inc. a grant to continue the innovative internship program, to the Chautauqua Advancement Project for a fourth straight year. For the last four years, The Chautauqua Advancement Project has been a bridge between businesses, young professionals and our community. The program supports businesses to find the right talent for their organization while also supporting young professionals to find and start careers here while becoming involved in our community.

“Over the last four years, we have worked with over 20 young professionals and have successfully retained the talents of at least half of those interns at local businesses,” WIB Executive Director Katie Geise said. “We hope to continue this trend with a new group of young professionals who want to remain in our area.”

Just as important as the young professionals who apply to the program, are the businesses that have hosted and hired interns as a result of the experience. Past businesses include El Greco, BWB, Suburban Blend, Dahlstrom Roll Form, Allied Fire Protection Systems and WRFA.

“Wages are covered by the Gebbie Foundation grant funds for the duration of the internship, and this really allows the employers to try out talent before making a long-term hiring decision. We welcome any local business considering hiring in the near future, to contact us and discuss the possibility of tapping into the internship program,” said Kate Piazza, E-Net coordinator and co-facilitator of the program.

The program will place interns at host organizations Monday through Thursday, while on Fridays the interns will work with Geise and Piazza to develop leadership and networking skills while also coordinating a community project.

“We have done several career fair and networking events to really highlight local opportunities. Around 200 high school students have participated over the last four years,” Piazza said.

If you are a recent graduate back in the area and are interested in applying for the CAP Internship Program, visit and click on the ENET tab or contact Piazza at or (716) 487-5175.

If you are a business interested in working with a CAP intern, please contact Piazza or Geise at (716) 661-9324.