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Lansing 5:01 Seeks to Engage Top Talent and Lansing Interns

Monday, January 9, 2017  
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Interns are flocking to Lansing. Young people interested in politics, financial services, technology, health care, and communications are coming to learn about future careers and explore industry options. Lansing has a lot to offer interns, but sometimes has trouble connecting outside of work. Lansing 5:01 is looking to change that.


Named after the time of day when work has ended, Lansing 5:01 is dedicated to showing young professionals all of the the live, work, and play opportunities Lansing has to offer. The volunteer-run organization is made up of new entries to the workforce who wanted to share their love of Lansing. Board members include Michigan State University employees, nonprofit advocates and public servants.


“Lansing 5:01 connects interns to the community. We partner directly with employers and they are encouraged to send their interns and young professionals to the events or programs we create as a means of helping their young talent better connect to the downtown core as well as the region so that they are more likely to want to stay,” said Christopher Sell, Michigan State University, founder and chief architect of the initiative.


The first Lansing 5:01 program kicked off in the summer with a party at the Lansing City Market. More than 400 people, including nearly 200 interns from 43 colleges and universities nationwide gathered to mingle, chat, grab a bite to eat, and listen to guest performers Joe Hertler & the Rainbow Seekers. Later, Lansing 5:01 partnered with The Hatching and the Lansing Brewing Company to host a brewery tour and mixer. Interns sampled local fair while listening to local entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas. The final event of the summer was a networking event and mixer at Impression 5 Science Center hosted with the Grand River Connection networking society.


Lansing 5:01 doesn’t just benefit interns. Recent graduates often look for work based on location, and are typically drawn to vibrant cities with active social scenes. Lansing is often portrayed as a sleepy community that doesn’t offer much in the way of entertainment or recreation in the evening hours. Lansing 5:01 is working to change that perception.


“I think it is really important that we kind of roll out the red carpet and show off the best of Lansing to young professionals so they have a better understanding of what’s available to them in Lansing and why they should be compelled to live and work in our region after graduation,” said Sell.


As the word gets out that Lansing offers exciting after-work activities, more graduates will look for work in the area. This will lead to high caliber applicants and employees. Businesses benefit when there is a competitive job market.


From here, the program is growing outward in all directions. The word is spreading and more companies are encouraging their interns to go to events. Lansing 5:01 is looking for more sponsors, and plan on upscaling their events for college interns, as well as expand into offering programs for the young professionals who already live and work in the area.


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