A foot in the door

In­terns starts their ca­reers at cham­ber of com­merce, Science North and Cine­fest

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As a Sud­burian born and raised, Matti Scherzinger is well aware that adults in their early 20s are of­ten hard-pressed to find jobs and a ca­reer lo­cally.

So, Scherzinger jumped at the chance, along with two oth­ers, to be ben­e­fi­cia­ries of the Fed­eral Eco­nomic Devel­op­ment Ini­tia­tive for North­ern On­tario. Three or­ga­ni­za­tions — the Greater Sud­bury Cham­ber of Com­merce, Science North and Cine­fest: The Sud­bury Film Fes­ti­val Inc. — were able to hire three young grad­u­ates with ex­per­tise in var­i­ous fields such as science, com­mu­ni­ca­tions, so­cial me­dia and mar­ket­ing.

These projects, which will be ad­vanced with the ad­di­tion of the in­terns, are a re­sult of a $94,500 in­vest­ment from the fed­eral gov­ern­ment.

The an­nounce­ment was made a press con­fer­ence at Dy­namic Earth on Mon­day.

“I’m re­ally ap­pre­cia­tive of the op­por­tu­nity,” Scherzinger, 23, said. “It’s great that fund­ing can be re­leased to busi­nesses or or­ga­ni­za­tions that al­low for young peo­ple to gain ex­pe­ri­ence right out of school. I’m re­ally ap­pre­cia­tive of it and I think it will help me out a lot.”

Science North will re­ceive $31,500 in FedNor fund­ing to hire an in­tern in sup­port of its ef­forts to have the United Na­tions Ed­u­ca­tional Sci­en­tific and Cul­tural Or­ga­ni­za­tion de­clare the Sud­bury basin a global geop­ark.

The UNESCO Global Geop­arks are sin­gle, uni­fied ge­o­graph­i­cal ar­eas rep­re­sent­ing sites and land­scapes of in­ter­na­tional ge­o­log­i­cal sig­nif­i­cance. There are 127 such des­ig­nated ar­eas in 35 coun­tries.

The Greater Sud­bury Cham­ber of Com­merce is also re­ceiv­ing $31,500 to hire a com­mu­ni­ca­tion and dig­i­tal con­tent in­tern to de­velop com­mu­ni­ca­tion tools and im­ple­ment a so­cial me­dia strat­egy. The new hire will also work to cre­ate al­liances and part­ner­ships be­tween Indige­nous and non-Indige­nous busi­nesses.

The re­main­ing $31,500 will be used by Cine­fest Sud­bury to hire an in­tern to help ex­pand its pro­gram­ming, at­tract new au­di­ences and pro­mote North­ern On­tario film pro­duc­tion. While on the job, the can­di­date will an­a­lyze con­sumer data to iden­tify au­di­ence and eco­nomic trends, and de­velop a strat­egy to help max­i­mize the so­cial and eco­nomic po­ten­tial of Cine­fest Sud­bury.

“This FedNor pro­gram is crit­i­cal to make sure that we have our youth, who are able to have these op­por­tu­ni­ties,” Sud­bury MP Paul Le­feb­vre said. “There’s many op­por­tu­ni­ties to have here in the Sud­bury area, but we need to as­sist these in­sti­tu­tions like Dy­namic Earth, Cine­fest and cham­ber of com­merce to have the means to be able to hire some­body to de­velop their skills.

“It’s a win-win for the in­di­vid­ual, for the youth in­tern, as well as the in­sti­tu­tions who is hir­ing them.

Such hir­ings can have a big im­pact on Greater Sud­bury, Le­feb­vre be­lieves.

“The fund­ing for the youth in­tern at Dy­namic Earth is the pos­si­bil­ity of hav­ing a UNESCO des­ig­nated site,” Le­feb­vre said. “With­out that, we wouldn’t be able to do it.”

Scherzinger, a grad­u­ate of Cam­brian Col­lege’s graphic de­sign pro­gram, has been on the job for about a month now.

“It’s been ex­cel­lent,” Scherzinger said. “It’s been re­ally good, a re­ally good ex­pe­ri­ence.

“Over­all, be­ing able to do de­sign work and ex­pand­ing my skill set to do a va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent things from more com­mu­ni­ca­tions-re­lated fields to kind of co­or­di­na­tion be­tween speak­ers for an event, and stuff like that, I think it’ll be a great learn­ing op­por­tu­nity.”

Gil­lian Bond, hired by Science North, is look­ing for­ward to work­ing at Dy­namic Earth and work­ing on the geop­ark project.

“I’ll be pulling to­gether all of the back­ground ma­te­rial for that to get the ap­pli­ca­tion ready, cit­ing out the 50 dif­fer­ent sites,” said Bond, 25, of Nova Sco­tia, who re­cently re­ceived fin­ished her mas­ters pro­gram in science com­mu­ni­ca­tion at Lau­ren­tian Univer­sity. “This op­por­tu­nity is fan­tas­tic be­cause it’s of­ten dif­fi­cult to find suc­cess­ful em­ploy­ment when you fin­ish a univer­sity pro­gram.”

For 31-year-old Kjell Cawsey of Toronto, an in­tern with Cine­fest as the cus­tomer re­la­tions data an­a­lyst, be­ing able to work in an en­vi­ron­ment where her arts back­ground — she has a de­gree in theatre — can flour­ish, was an op­por­tu­nity she couldn’t pass up.

“There’s no guar­an­tee in ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties,” Cawsey said. “So I think the best part is ac­tu­ally be­ing able to work with an es­tab­lished arts or­ga­ni­za­tion. Other­wise, I don’t know how I’d get that op­por­tu­nity. So many arts or­ga­ni­za­tions are un­able to hire a lot of staff be­cause they don’t re­ally have the fund­ing, so get­ting in with Cine­fest is such an in­cred­i­ble op­por­tu­nity.”

KEITH DEMPSEY/FOR THE SUD­BURY STAR

Kjell Cawsey, Gil­lian Bond, Sud­bury MP Paul Le­feb­vre, and Matti Scherzinger at a press con­fer­ence at Dy­namic Earth. Cawsey, Bond, and Scherzinger are re­cently hired in­terns thanks to a $94,500 in­vest­ment.

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