The big sell

Students from around Midwest to visit Fox Cities for Talent Upload

Jessica Thiel
Posted by of Insight Publications

Next week, about 130 students from around the Midwest will descend on the region for the fourth iteration of Fox Cities Regional Partnership’s successful Talent Upload program.

Scheduled for Oct.12-14, this fall’s event, which traditionally has focused on recruiting IT and engineering students, has expanded to include supply chain, logistics and finance. Beth Pritzl, director of research and technology for FCRP and an organizer of Talent Upload, says the organization reached out to its steering committee to determine these additional areas of need for employers.

FCRP partners with employers recruiting for internships and entry-level positions to host the students for a three-day tour of the region. It’s designed to expose students to life as a young professional in the Fox Cities. Companies underwrite the cost of the program, and the event is free for students.

The event targets universities in Wisconsin, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, eastern Minnesota, northwestern Iowa, northern Illinois and northern Indiana. Several students representing the Illinois Institute of Technology and the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota will come this year, Pritzl says.

“A lot of these students haven’t thought about life as a young professional in the Fox Cities, even if they grew up here,” Pritzl said in a press release. “We promote the great job opportunities here, but also focus on everything else that comes along with taking a new position. We show them housing, recreation, entertainment and volunteer opportunities available — the students really appreciate getting an all-encompassing experience.”

Past Talent Upload events have been successful in recruiting young professionals to the area, with approximately 63 percent of students attending accepting an internship or permanent position with a participating Talent Upload employer.