INTERalliance opens doors to Fortune 500 companies for Loveland students
Posted Monday, January 28, 2013
Grant Portune worked on his iPad during his robotics class at Loveland High School (LHS); the LHS senior understands how to put technology to good use.
“I started building robotics in fifth grade,” said Portune. “I continued the work in high school. I knew I wanted to study mechanical engineering in college, but now I’m considering expanding my possibilities. I enjoy the business management side of technology and I am considering pursuing an MBA.”
Portune’s eyes were open to business opportunities while he was working as a paid intern for GE Aviation; it was an opportunity he secured after joining the LHS chapter of INTERalliance.
“The potential for students is the biggest attribute INTERalliance offers,” said Phil Marchal, LHS teacher and INTERalliance advisor. “We’ve had students working with Fortune 500 companies as paid interns, and they work on real projects. Grant went to GE Aviation and helped create a communications portal for employees, and we’ve also had students at P&G, Kroger and KnowledgeWorks.”
The LHS chapter of INTERalliance (Identify, Nurture, Train, Employ, Retain) is part of The INTERalliance of Greater Cincinnati, a nonprofit designed to create an environment that allows students to network with business professionals in the field of information technology (IT). Each year, The INTERalliance of Greater Cincinnati hosts TechOlympics Expo, one of the larger networking conferences.
“TechOlympics Expo gave me the spark,” explained Nolan Shumaker, an LHS junior and INTERalliance member. “I felt so inspired when I left that event; it really opened my eyes to what IT could be – plus my dad works in IT for GE.”
Shumaker and Portune are two of 20 members in the LHS chapter; the two will be joined by many other who will be participating in the upcoming TechOlympics Expo 2013 (February 22-24), and they hope others will do the same.
“It is an incredible opportunity for any student who wants to get involved,” said Portune. “I hope more people join.”
Photo caption: LHS Senior Grant Portune working on his iPad