GFW Fellows

Justin Clupper
The GFW Fellows is a year long program that attaches college students to Fort Wayne through internships, service, and social programming.
The GFW Fellows program is an innovative approach to talent attraction, retention and development. While nearly every chamber is focused on internships, Greater Fort Wayne Inc. has gone a step further to provide a year long experience that includes a summer internship. We recognize that this generation is filled with students focused on quality of life, and making an impact, and we've built the GFW Fellows program to fulfill those needs. Starting with monthly personal development workshops in January focused on soft skill development, we transition into the fall with a focus on preparation for life after college through tools like personal financial literacy. The internships are project-based, allowing students to leave their mark on the company. There's no filing or coffee runs in this program! And each Fellow has both a supervisor and mentor ready to support them and keep them moving forward. The GFW Fellows program keeps them busy outside their internship with plenty of social activities at some of the best quality of life places in northeast Indiana! And when they're ready to rest their heads, they all live at the same apartment complex, living in community all summer long. Each of the GFW Fellows work for a Host Employer who has invested in this program and is collaborating through Greater Fort Wayne Inc. with each of the other Host Employers. It's this combined and concentrated focus on talent retention that will mean true success into the future.




Grand Prize

Feature in the 2015 Edition of Chambers of Inspiration