Creating an application whose objective is to keep talented, recent graduates in the state of Michigan was not a task done overnight or by one individual. It was a joint effort between 49 academic institutions, business and foundations and a team of strategists, designers, content creators and programmers.

Media Genesis, a Troy web development firm, along with the Detroit Regional Chamber, Issue Media Group, Digerati, West Michigan Strategic Alliance and Presidents Council / State Universities of Michigan won the 2009 Midwest Collaboration Award for their involvement with this application - Intern In Michigan

The award was created in 2005 by the Midwest Technology Leaders to identify, create, support and honor effective partnerships among Midwest companies and local individuals or groups advancing the technological community. The collaboration was honored for each party’s role in a national initiative to improve workforce conditions in the state of Michigan.

The Midwest Technology Leaders conference is comprised of the Great Lakes Region's top executives who are dedicated to technological innovation that brings positive results within the community. The conference addressed the critical issues impacting the local and regional IT industry, including economic policies and business developments. Also, presented was an analysis of the future of the industry.

Antoine Dubeauclard, president of Media Genesis, accepted the award on behalf of the company.“Advancing and improving education has always been a top priority to me personally and to Media Genesis,” Dubeauclard said. “Strengthening the connection between employers and students is critical to the economic success of Michigan.”

In addition to the Midwest Collaboration Award, the 2009 Corporate Commitment to Michigan was awarded to Robert Ficano, Wayne County Executive; Stephan Pickett, vice chairman of Oakland Family Services; and Ed Copley, founder of The Kid-Safe Network. This award honors corporate individuals who are proactive in community relations, organizations and other philanthropic activities to support a healthy and high-functioning Michigan.

Both Mike Brennan, the president of United Way of Southeastern Michigan and Keith Cooley, president of NextEnergy spoke at the event.Intern In Michigan matches students from Michigan’s many colleges and universities with internships at in-state companies. The site also gives advice for students on how to obtain an internship and to employers on how to have an internship program that is cost effective.

The Web site already has more than 3,000 students using the site.The Intern In Michigan Web site is one of several initiatives in Michigan being funded by a WIRED Grant, or Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development. The WIRED grant is a federal program intended to encourage regional collaboration from both public and private companies to expand its skilled workforce and increase economic development and jobs.

Media Genesis is a leading independent provider of programming solutions, intranets, Microsoft SharePoint, and a range of web development services.

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