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 remains a great place to live and work as hundreds of talented young people complete internships in the city and surrounding area each summer. Now in its second year, our MyTern program hopes to make sure that the interns have a rewarding out-of-office experience that not only enriches their work on the job, but also shows them the attractive qualities Lincoln has to offer.
Over 300 interns are participating in MyTern 2018, with employers from across the city sending their young and potential future employees to discover Lincoln. The interns get an opportunity to forge connections with one another and network, but they also get to see what Lincoln can offer them should they choose to make it home once they've decided to start their careers.
The Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development is thrilled to partner with the great companies in our community to connect these interns from a variety of industries, backgrounds and hometowns with engaging events and networking opportunities. Showcasing Lincoln's collaborative community spirit, we're excited that so many different businesses have continued to support MyTern and helped it grow through its second year. Their support makes not only MyTern possible, but also allows us to grow our community and deepen the talent of our workforce for years to come.
From an introduction to the "Happy Hour", to yard games in The Railyard and a chance to help shape the master plan for downtown Lincoln, this summer's MyTern program has four great events to put Lincoln on a center stage. The program started on June 5 with the other three events scheduled for June 21, July 10 and July 27.
Throughout the summer events, these interns will also have the chance to connect with some of our local entrepreneurs, our bold thinkers and innovators who can not only share their story about why Lincoln is the place for them, but how they were able to get the most out of the city when they were interns. Whether it's a startup company or a long-time community staple, there's a great opportunity to become involved and instrumental in our community's future and we feel MyTern provides a valuable avenue for these interns to mirror their experiences with those that have preceded them.
A low unemployment rate of 2.4%, an educated workforce that boasts nearly 37% of its workers with a bachelor's degree or higher and a growing population means that Lincoln is positioned to not only provide ample opportunity, but also diversify its job offerings in many different fields. This makes Lincoln attractive in the employment realm, but the city also needs to showcase what makes it shine when these workers are set to raise families and enjoy their personal time.
We hope the interns enjoy their summers working hard on the job, but also when they have a moment or two to unwind and enjoy the city. We're hoping they stick around a bit longer and help shape our community for the future.