2016 Intern Challenge Winner Named

After seven weeks of intense competition, the winner of the YMCA Intern Challenge is announced.  Joshua Herrmann took the title and heard the coveted words, “you’re hired!” The competition finale was held August 4, 2016 at Veterans Memorial Hall in downtown Rockford with about 100 people in attendance.

The winner is a student at Bradley University. He receives a $1,500 college scholarship and a paid internship worth up to $5,000 with the YMCA or an organization of his choice. Dalton Moriss came in second place and receives a $1,000 college scholarship. The third place $500 college scholarship went to Carly Kasicki.

The YMCA Intern Challenge started in 2012 as a way to approach mentorship and training of the younger generation in our community. This year there were 65 applicants, 18 were selected to participate in the challenge. 

The interns worked with the Goldie Floberg Center, BMO Harris Bank, University of Illinois College of Medicine, Zenith Land Holdings, Fuelz, Illinois Bank and Trust, I.D. Pennock Family YMCA, Park Lanes Bowling and Rockford Public Schools. They created marketing plans, brand awareness campaigns, event proposals, sales strategies and more on a variety of topics geared towards each business’ needs.

In addition to their weekly challenges, as a group, they collected more than 900 supplies for Noah's Ark Animal Sanctuary, gathered nearly 2,400 school supplies for RPS 205, raised $1629 for Special Olympics uniforms and collected more than 1,300 items for the Rock River Valley Pantry.