Chamber member Lynn Hennessy, of State Farm Insurance, chats with Heather Wright of BASIS School of Ahwatukee during a Women in Business Speed Networking event held at the Foothills Golf Club.

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Business leaders wanting to learn more about incorporating interns into their business can learn from the experts on Tuesday, Jan. 21 during the Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce Women in Business Luncheon.

The luncheon, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Foothills Golf Club, 2201 E. Clubhouse Drive, will feature Julie M. Trujillo from the University of Arizona speaking on the benefits of working with student interns for local businesses. Trujillo will teach attendees how interns can offer fresh ideas and perspectives to businesses, teach business owners about new technology, and potentially turn into long-term employees.

“It’s a great way for business to learn how to expand their workforce in an affordable way,” said Anne Gill, president and CEO of the chamber. “Sometimes there are unpaid interns and it gives you a pool to a lot of new information and technology. It’s really just business development. A lot of times interns can turn into potential employees. That’s hopefully the end goal is to get an intern and do training, and potentially have that long-term employee working for you.”

Gill said creating internship programs within local businesses was a topic requested by chamber members. The chamber recently started a collaboration with the Tempe Union High School District to partner high school students with businesses for internship opportunities, but this luncheon will inform members how to reach out to local colleges for interns as well.

UofA has a free online job board that reaches out to students and alumni. They also have campuses in central Phoenix with students looking for more opportunities, Gill said.

Interested guests should RSVP for the luncheon by visiting ahwatukeechamber.com. The cost is $15 for members and $25 for non-members.

• Contact writer: (480) 898-7914 or ahurtado@ahwatukee.com.

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