Internship Programs

The Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance had developed strategic partnerships with each school district in Hardin County, helping to bridge stronger connections between business and education. Over the past few years, to help address the ongoing workforce needs, each school district is working with the Alliance’s Economic Development division to establish internship programs to place students into local businesses that match a students career pathway choice(s). Much like the successful Kenton “Wildcat Community Connector Program” the various school districts are working to establish ongoing internship programs as part of their course curriculum. This also allows the businesses the opportunity to recruit from within the internship program for those students who might want to continue full or part-time employment. A win-win for the student, schools and businesses!


The Wildcat Community Connectors (WCC) program, is a semester long course at Kenton High School for juniors and seniors, sponsored in part by the Hardin County Chamber of Education Community Connectors grant. This new, exciting & Business Alliance (HCCBA). This personalized course creates opportunities for students to:

  1. Explore careers and pathways with a mentor.
  2. Develop leadership and teamwork skills.
  3. Identify, research and offer solutions to authentic community issues.
  4. Serve as an intern with a mentor in a career field that aligns with each student's future goals.
  5. Create and present a capstone project aligned with the internship experience.

Local Leaders are being recruited to make this program possible for Kenton High School juniors and seniors this school year by:

  • Serving as a mentor for a student.
  • Providing students with a tour of your business.
  • Participating in brainstorming sessions with students by addressing workforce and community needs.
  • Leading or participating in training seminars.


Industry Tours

Hardin County small business owners to global manufacturing facilities are very accommodating to host industry tours for students and teachers. As students start to decide upon a career pathway, they have an upfront view to see business and industry in action, and to better understand the specific job types and career opportunities that are available in Hardin County.

Student Job & Career Fair

Each year the Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance, in partnership with its member businesses, hosts a Student Job & Career Fair.   Juniors and seniors from each school district in Hardin County participates and meets with area businesses that are looking to hire full-time, part-time and summer employment, as well as offer internship opportunities.   Students get the opportunity to develop their resume, interview job openings and discuss career advice with local and regional employers.  And in many cases, students are offered on-the-spot employment.


If your business would like to participate with industry tours, host student interns or attend the Hardin County Student Job & Career Fair, please contact Economic Development Director Jon Cross at 419-673-4131.


Click here to view and download our Wildcat Community Connectors brochure.