Named Exclusive Partner for the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber’s ‘BASIC’ Program

Wilkes-Barre, Pa. (July 25, 2011) –The Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber and, the world’s largest internship marketplace, have created an exclusive partnership to support internship initiatives through the Chamber’s Business and Students in Careers (BASIC) program. will help inform the Chamber’s members about the benefits of experiential education, facilitate internship connections within the community, and provide cutting-edge tools and resources to optimize the process. The announcement was made today jointly by Robin D. Richards, Chairman & CEO of and Todd Vonderheid, President / CEO of the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber.


“The benefits of internships for the community are numerous and is an ideal partner to quickly maximize our scope of offerings to both local employers and to our local students participating in BASIC,” said Mr. Vonderheid.


To support the BASIC program, has developed a dedicated microsite accessible to participating employers and students so they can directly search for and connect to each other for free. The Chamber will also collaborate to identify and create relevant career related resources to assist students with their development as emerging professionals. The program will also use social media to engage and educate students on BASIC internship opportunities and career advice. BASIC has a Facebook fanpage ‘Business & Students in Careers - Luzerne County’ and a Twitter account @BASIC_LC.


Employers will be granted free access to a variety of materials to guide them in creating and implementing an internship program. Eighty-five percent of Chamber’s members are small businesses, many of which have not implemented internship programs due to lack of resources. The Chamber’s goal is for BASIC to narrow that gap by creating additional experiential learning and networking opportunities for both employers and students. In addition to resources, member businesses will have guidance available to them from the organization’s director of workforce development, Karla Porter.


“With unemployment at 9.1% nationwide and youth unemployment at double that rate, it’s imperative that we help our youth enter the workforce with as much preparation as possible,” said Mr. Richards. “The Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber has created a strong program to ensure the growth and success of their local community and we’re proud to support their initiatives with our resources.”


Created to prepare students to enter the workforce, the BASIC program is an alliance between college and university students in Luzerne County and the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber community of more than 1,100 Northeastern Pennsylvania-based businesses and organizations. Schools participating in the BASIC program include King’s College, Luzerne County Community College, Misericordia University, Penn State Hazleton, Penn State Wilkes-Barre and Wilkes University.


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About the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber

The Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber group of affiliates are member, community, economic development and business service organizations charged with the mission of collaborating with community and regional partners to create quality employment and business opportunities and improve the area’s quality of life through strategic planning, programs and investments in our community.

The organizations work on a wide range of projects – from business recruitment and job creation programs to downtown revitalization, entrepreneurial and workforce development, riverfront, greenways initiatives, and more.