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RIC's plans first ever Employer Appreciation Night at WYEP


For the sixth consecutive year Coro Center for Civic Leadership's Regional Internship Center (RIC) will host the Interns Summer Program in an effort to attract and retain young creative talent in the Pittsburgh region.

This year's Summer Program features 11 different events in five different neighborhoods. For the first time, the Summer Program will feature an event, the Employer Appreciation Night, for employers throughout the region.

The RIC's Interns Summer Program adds value to any company's internship program by giving their interns a social outlet, allowing them to network with each other, and serving as ambassadors for their company or university. The greatest outcome of the Summer Program is to highlight the region to hundreds of interns, the majority of whom are not from Pittsburgh.

“RIC wanted to keep the employer in mind this summer,” states Regina Anderson, director of the Regional Internship Center. “The music Taste Test is a chance to tell employers how great their interns are, a chance to employers to meet one another, and to spend some time at WYEP in an environmentally friendly building.”

Upon building their new space, WYEP has been busy creating new community programming including the “Music Taste Test.” This is the opportunity for community members to talk with the disk jockeys to learn about the music selection process.

Stephan Bontrager, WYEP Education & Outreach Director, summed, “The WYEP Music Taste Test has proven to be a huge hit with our listeners and non-listeners alike. If anyone has ever been curious to go behind the scenes of a radio station and see how the DJs choose the music they play, this is the perfect opportunity. It makes for a relaxing after-work activity and a chance to listen to brand new music before anyone else gets to hear it. Our DJs put a lot of heart and soul into every song they pick to play on the air. It's fun, and entertaining to get feedback from WYEP listeners. There's a lot of laughter and in the end it's an informative evening.”

Sponsorship from Riverset Credit Union allows many of the events to focus on the environment. Interns were able to attend their own Music Taste Test on July 11, and the carbon generated for all of the students that day was offset by a donation to The Employer Appreciation Night will also be carbon neutral.

“Riveset credit union's ongoing sponsorship of the Interns Summer Program has been fantastic! We know that we are helping facilitate a wonderful program in our community at large. Riverset is a financial cooperative owned by members who live and work throughout Pittsburgh. We believe in sponsoring environmentally friendly practices and students alike; naturally, our working with this program as the Official Green Sponsor has been ideal!” stated Trent Mason, marketing director of Riverset.

“One of the things we are very excited about is the WYEP Music Taste Test Employer Appreciation Event. After all, without fantastic employers, there wouldn't be a program at all. We hope that you will join us July 25. Employers deserve a nice evening out and the event promises to be a creative, relaxing way to network. We at Riverset credit union are exited to be part of the fun!”

Other events have included a Just Ducky tour sponsored by ALCOA, a Pirates baseball game sponsored by PNC Financial Services, kayaking, karaoke at Ava Lounge, a number of stewardship opportunities sponsored by the City of Pittsburgh's Weed and Seed office including a service crawl organized by Pittsburgh Cares, and a dodge ball tournament.

More than 340 interns registered for the Summer Program representing 25 companies and approximately 100 colleges and universities across the globe. To register for the Employer Appreciation Night, or to register a student for the remaining events, contact

The RIC brokers connections between students and employers throughout southwestern PA. Through targeted outreach and training, the RIC enables employers and students to explore working together to determine whether they are a good fit for a long-term employment relationship.

RIC presently works with over 800 employers with over 1,500 internships available and has over 7,000 students in its database. The RIC is operated by the Coro Center for Civic Leadership and works on student retention, capacity building in business, and workforce development. For more information about the RIC, visit their website at


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