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For today’s young job seekers, place is just as important as opportunity when it comes to accepting a job offer. The good news? Lincoln’s a great place to live and work. We know that you’ll challenge interns with engaging work on real-world projects in their time at your office. But what about the other hours in their week? With hundreds of talented young people interning in Lincoln each summer, we’ve launched MyTern to make sure that their out-of-office experience is as enriching as their work at your company.

MyTern, a program from the Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development, connects interns from a variety of industries, backgrounds and hometowns with engaging events and networking opportunities. MyTern features four signature events designed to showcase life in Lincoln, foster new relationships, and support their ideas and ambitions. In addition to our signature events, your interns will also receive a weekly newsletter that features 9 curated activities and events to do in Lincoln—by the end of the summer, they’ll know 99 of the best things about living in Lincoln.

Throughout the summer, MyTern will enable interns across Lincoln to forge connections with one another, the business community and the city itself—not just as a place to work, but as their home and playground too.

To get involved, contact Rachel at!

MyTern: A Summer Kickoff

June 5 | Fuse | 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

If they’re not already familiar, we’re kicking off our summer by introducing our interns to an important American institution – Happy Hour. Interns will gather at FUSE for what might be their first professional networking event, where they’ll meet for the first time and we’ll officially welcome them to the program. But, they’re in for more than just free drinks and appetizers. The evening’s theme will be “starting something”. As interns start their careers and meet one another, they’ll be joined by a selection of some of our local entrepreneurs, our bold thinkers and innovators who can share their story about starting something in Lincoln.

Happy hour will end just in time to lead them into another one of our favorite Lincoln summer activities: Jazz in June kicks off its performance of the season at 7 pm. Food trucks, vendors, music, and a 5,000-person picnic close out a not-so-average Tuesday and leave them excited for the rest of the summer.

MyTern to Play: A (Rail)Yard Games Tournament

June 21 | HQ: Railyard Cube | 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

We take pride in Lincoln’s collaborative community spirit, and it comes with a healthy competitive streak. Our second event brings out both with a yard games tournament in the Railyard, Lincoln’s youngest downtown entertainment district. 20 teams of interns will compete in a round-robin tournament, busting out their best giant Jenga and cornhole strategies while learning more about Lincoln and each other. There will be prizes for the winners and pizza for all!

MyTern to Pitch: What’s Next for Lincoln?

July 10 | Hudl | 3:00 – 7 p.m.

The landscape of downtown Lincoln changed dramatically between 2000 and 2015. The Downtown Lincoln Association (DLA) is in the process of adding another 15 years to Lincoln’s downtown master plan and your interns will have a chance to help shape it. In teams that represent a cross section of interests and industries, this event will change teams of interns to create a three-minute pitch for one idea. Local business and entrepreneurship community members will help along the way and judge the pitches to determine a winner. Prizes will be awarded to the top three pitches, and the winning team will have a chance to present their idea to the DLA board.

MyTern to Toast: A Happy Hour Celebration

July 26 | The Single Barrel | 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Before it’s back to class, we’ll make sure your interns have aced professional Happy Hour, giving them a final chance to get together and share what they’ve learned on and off the job. They can round out their MyTern experience with free appetizers and advice from Lincoln lovers at the Single Barrel. Most importantly, this is their chance to get the inside scoop from people who used to be in their shoes—interns who turned full-time, local entrepreneurs who made it big, and other young professionals who have mastered adulting in Lincoln. A career worth of opportunity awaits them here. Cheers to that, and to a summer well-spent!

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