Ropin’ and ridin’ are sports for the young, and so is Oklahoma City (OKC), but the focus is smart, professional and high-tech, with opportunity the keyword. Named third in Best Cities for Millennials and sixth in population aged 20-34 in an OnlineColleges.com study, the good old Big Friendly also made repeated top-10 appearances on Forbes, including Best Cities for Young Entrepreneurs and Best Places To Find a Job. It’s a high-energy place registering on everyone’s internship seeking radar.
Since 2001, OKC has had a 30-percent growth in professional employment as federal and state incentives draw businesses to the area. Top internship industries center on energy, information and finance, transportation and distribution, agriculture and biosciences, and aerospace and defense. The area boasts rich natural resources in oil and natural gas; more than 400 high-tech companies; the McClellan Kerr River Navigation System, two major railroads, five airports and three interstates; the Institute for Agricultural Biosciences at Oklahoma State University and its high-tech crop research and development; Tinker Air Force Base and its repair and logistics functions; and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center. Add to that the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University—OKC and a host of other colleges, and you have a young professional population ready to keep technology on its cutting edge.
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