Onward NRV Partnered with VT PRISM to Connect Students and Employers

Onward NRV partnered with Virginia Tech PRISM, a student marketing organization, to bring local employers on campus to promote their internship and job opportunities.

The event took place in the Pamplin College of Business Atrium and mimicked a mini-career fair. The goal was to help companies who have signed up for the NRV Experience Summer 2020 Internship consortium, connect with students in order to fill their internship positions as well as any potential job openings.

Overall, 41 students checked in and engaged with the four companies who participated: Ozmo, ACI, Kollmorgen, and block.one. Each company said they had quality conversations with students and felt that they found at least one, if not more, potential candidate(s) for their internship positions; one company even lined up a full-time position interview for a student the next day.

This partnership and outreach is part of our Onward 2023 Strategic Plan and aligns directly with our goal of attracting and retaining talent in the New River Valley, specific to our targeted industries.


Virginia’s New River Valley: Virginia’s New River Valley is an eclectic mix of interconnected small towns that each offer their own unique vibe and appeal. The region provides an abundance of cultural and social offerings due to the presence of three world-class universities, while retaining the charm and benefits of small town living. The NRV is home to a diverse and innovative business community with companies that range from high-tech startups to foreign-based corporations to specialty agribusiness. These organizations benefit from the collaborative spirit of our region and a loyal, highly-skilled, and educated workforce. The scenic beauty of the region also fosters a deep connection to nature, which is deepened by access to outdoor recreation and the preservation of our natural environment. It’s clear why Virginia’s New River Valley is “A Natural Fit.”

Onward NRV: Onward NRV is a public/private, regional economic development organization whose mission is to attract and retain world class jobs, investment, and talent in Virginia’s New River Valley. It’s also a movement where leaders from business, government, and higher education work together to promote the economic vitality of the region.

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