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Initiative seeks to promote students for jobs  
January 27, 2012 

DAYTON — The upDayton Young Creatives Summit Kickoff on Tuesday included a sneak peek of a website designed to help the community combat brain drain by retaining the best and brightest from area colleges. 

The kickoff was a preview of the April summit., an initiative designed to promote the hiring of college-age students by Miami Valley businesses, non-profits and governmental bodies, will officially launch in the spring, according to John Jones, chair of upDayton’s intern committee. 

Jones, a University of Dayton adjunct political science lecturer and internship coordinator, said the site will allow area businesses, agencies and organizations to post internship openings in one central area. Those postings will then automatically be added to career services websites for several area colleges. 

Partner colleges and universities include Urbana University, University of Dayton, Wright State University, Wittenberg University, Wilmington College, Wilberforce University, Central State University, Cedarville University, Sinclair Community College and Edison Community College. 

Jones said it will be a one-stop site for intern seekers. His committee is now seeking feedback from area businesses about the website. 

The website will also include 500 pages of information on topics ranging from salaries for interns to where they should sit in the office. 

Inspired by similar sites in Columbus, Philadelphia and a few other cities, Jones said the goal is to expose college students to the area’s business communities and encourage them to plant roots here. 

“Maybe I should choose Dayton after graduation,” he said. 

According to an upDayton 2011 survey, students who interned in Dayton during their college years, 68 percent were likely to stay in the greater Dayton area after graduation. Students who did not have an internship in Dayton, 32 percent were likely to stay in the area. 

UpDayton was created to spur economic growth in the Dayton region by giving young people greater influence in the direction of the Miami Valley. Its 2012 Young Creatives Summit is planned for April 27 at the Dayton Art Institute. 

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