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News - July 27, 2023
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(Alexandria, VA) – Goodwin Living™, a faith-based, not-for-profit senior living and health care services organization in the National Capital Region, has been selected as a recipient the 2023 Top Employers for Interns Award by the Virginia Talent + Opportunity Partnership (V-TOP). The annual award recognizes Virginia employers that provide high-quality internships and opportunities for students. Through the support of generous donors to the Goodwin Living Foundation, who fund the Goodwin Living internship program, Goodwin Living is one of 21 organizations recognized in the region and the only senior living organization recognized in Northern Virginia.
“Virginia employers are providing high-quality internship experiences that are imperative to the future of the Commonwealth’s business community,” said Barry DuVal, President & CEO, Virginia Chamber of Commerce. “I am pleased to acknowledge and recognize the 100 distinguished recipients that help to cultivate talent here in Virginia.”
The Goodwin Living internship program provides high school and college students with the opportunity to work across multiple service lines in the senior living industry, including brain health, life enrichment, marketing and communications, and social work, among many others. These paid, non-clinical positions contribute to the Goodwin Living mission to support, honor and uplift the lives of older adults and those who care for them.
“My department was patient in imparting their knowledge and expertise as I navigated learning about senior living,” said Tessa Trosman, former intern and current Social Media Coordinator at Goodwin Living. “I was encouraged to contribute my ideas and suggestions. Notably, I suggested we move to launch a Goodwin Living Instagram. To my delight, the MarComms team entrusted me with leading this project.”
In addition to gaining professional experience, interns are paired with a resident mentor and develop meaningful relationships that provide guidance and support throughout their time as an intern. Interns attend workshops led by senior leaders and work on hands-on projects, including creating videos and managing social media accounts.
Many interns at Goodwin Living are immigrants and first-generation college students, and some students learned English as a secondary language. Though Goodwin Living accepts interns from all backgrounds, prioritizing equity of opportunity has been a fundamental part of the Goodwin Living internship programs.
“An internship at Goodwin Living not only provides a meaningful experience in the senior living and healthcare field, but it also provides a sense of community and welcome that can be difficult for young people to find,” said Goodwin Living People Engagement Manager, Zoe Marcuse MSW. “We are pleased that students continue to find value in working in the senior living field and look forward to hosting many more interns over the years.”
“We are deeply honored to be named one of the top employers for interns by the Virginia Talent + Opportunity Partnership,” said President and CEO of Goodwin Living, Rob Liebreich. “The strength of the future senior living workforce is essential to the long-term wellness and purpose of older adults across our country. We are grateful that we have the opportunity to help students learn and explore the career opportunities within the senior living industry.”
The Top Employers for Interns Awards mark one of several ways the Commonwealth celebrates Virginia Intern Day when employers, students, colleges and universities are recognized for their participation in work-based learning opportunities. Virginia Governor Youngkin signed a proclamation recognizing Virginia Intern Day on July 27, 2023, aligning it with National Intern Day.
V-TOP is administered by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia in partnership with the Virginia Chamber of Commerce Foundation and the Virginia Business Higher Education Council. It is funded by the General Assembly’s Commonwealth Innovative Internship Fund and Program.
For more information about the internship program at Goodwin Living, please visit GoodwinLiving.org/careers/internships/.
About Goodwin Living™ (goodwinliving.org): Goodwin Living™ touches the lives of thousands of people every day through its range of senior living communities, specialized healthcare services, community partnerships and philanthropic endeavors. With a mission to support, honor and uplift the lives of others (specifically older adults and those who care for them), Goodwin Living leads the way in expanding the places and ways we can all thrive and find purpose as we age. Older adults will discover options that meet them where they want to be, and those options are managed and provided by team members who represent more than 65 countries. Goodwin Living has been a Washington Post Top Workplace for five consecutive years and was named the #1 Top Workplace for 2023. Get more information at GoodwinLiving.org or by following Goodwin Living on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.