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Site visits connect university students with innovative jobs

For the second time in 2017, Prosper Lincoln is working to reach its objectives to connect students to innovation and retain talent. A recent Reverse Pitch event was held at Nebraska Innovation Campus where more than 260 computer science and engineering students learned about job opportunities and internships with highly successful Lincoln companies. Now students have a chance to visit these businesses and see the culture of these companies first hand.

“The visits, coined State of the Practice events, are designed to open eyes and change perceptions about job opportunities and internships right here in Lincoln,” said Rich Claussen, Innovation & Entrepreneurship Developer for Prosper Lincoln. “These aren’t ‘dog and pony’ shows, but rather open, transparent peeks into what makes these companies tick and opportunities for students to join their organizations. That’s a powerfully different strategy and one we hope grows to additional colleges in our ecosystem.”

Two State of the Practice events have taken place this fall. Firespring, who hosted their event with Nelnet, saw twice as many participants as their event earlier this year.

“We appreciate the initiative of Prosper Lincoln to start events such as the Reverse Pitch and State of the Practice,” said Kasey Sendgraff, Recruitment Specialist at Firespring. “Compared to career fairs, having the students come to our facility to meet with our team, as well as Nelnet's, allowed them to be interactive and ask questions amongst software engineers, web developers, and current interns.”

Hudl and Don’t Panic Labs saw a nearly 400% increase in attendance.

“Hosting a State of the Practice event (alongside Don’t Panic Labs) was a great opportunity to continue our involvement in the student community,” said Brooke Jensen, Hiring Coordinator for Hudl. “It was a laid-back event where students could tour our office and learn how our products are built. A lot of Hudlies have come from UNL programs, so we love being able to host students as they’re figuring out their career paths.”

Two additional events are planned – at Assurity with Pen-Link and Sandhills and at Spreetail with Ameritas and Talent+.

Quotes From Our Supporters

Prosper Lincoln is one of the most exciting community engagement and community-building efforts happening in the country.  It’s a real model!

Dan Cramer, Co-founder, Grassroots Solutions, St. Paul, MN

Prosper Lincoln will not only benefit all of your kids and your community; it is also a model for similar efforts around the country, thanks to the leadership of LCF.

Richard Ober, President & CEO, New Hampshire Charitable Foundation; Founder Community Foundation Opportunity Network; Concord, NH

Communities across the US are searching for innovative initiatives to improve economic opportunity and mobility.  We can all learn from the amazing work of Prosper Lincoln!

Brian Collier, Executive Vice President, Foundation for the Carolinas

Prosper Lincoln is breaking new ground in economic revitalization without displacement.

Ellen Shepard, CEO, Allies, Chicago, IL

To see an entire community come together to ensure all Lincoln residents are successful is very inspirational.  Congratulations!

Nancy Van Milligen, President/CEO, Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque, Dubuque, IA

In my regional and national work in community development this is one of the most unique and exciting strategies for true change I have seen!

Del Gines, Senior Community Development Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City Omaha, NE

Bringing together a multi-sector group of committed Lincoln residents will support prosperity for all.  Congratulations on this excellent collaboration.

Holly C. Sampson, President, Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation, Duluth, MN

Diverse voices from across Lincoln came together so that current and future generations can thrive. This is no small feat, and it’s inspiring to see that collective vision inch closer to fruition. You can consider yourselves a model for other communities starting to embark on this work.

Megan Powers, International Program Officer, The McKnight Foundation Minneapolis, MN

There is no better example of the power of convening than Prosper Lincoln! Bringing together members of the community from all walks of life to enrich the City is inspiring.

Regine Webster, Vice President Center for Disaster Philanthropy, Washington, DC

Prosper Lincoln is creating a national model for building vibrant, equitable and resilient communities.  Systems thinking + the right resources!

Sandy Wiggins, Chair, Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) Washington, DC

Prosper Lincoln is an important approach to solving community problems. By bringing together local businesses, nonprofits, neighborhoods, government and faith organizations, they are bridging divides, building connections, and sparking opportunities in way that shows true community engagement.

Vikki Spruill, President and CEO, Council on Foundations

This is one of the most impressive community focus efforts I have seen. You are making considerable progress!

Cynthia Hardin Milligan, Trustee and former Chair of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI

Lincoln is one of a few cities across America where citizens and leaders from across different sectors have come together to tackle their community’s most complex challenges. Your ability to already show results and persevere is inspiring.

Ben Hecht, President and CEO of Living Cities, Washington, DC

Solving tough national problems like the opportunity gap begins locally, and Prosper Lincoln is leading the way.

Robert D. Putnam, Professor of Public Policy and author, Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

There is nothing more powerful in securing a community’s long-term health than evolving a shared vision through community engagement. Congratulations!

Rip Rapson, President, The Kresge Foundation, Detroit, MI