News - NOCHE and CBC Magazine Announce Winners of The Expys Awards

The Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education (“NOCHE”) and Cleveland Business Connects Magazine today announced the winners of The Expys, an event to recognize the best interns, mentors and internship programs in Northeast Ohio.  Now in its third year, the program received nearly three hundred nominations in seven categories: best large company internship, best small company internship, best mentor, best college advisor, best new internship, coolest internship and best intern.  
A panel of independent judges selected the winners, who were honored in front of a sell-out lunch audience of more than 250 people at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Independence, Ohio.  The winners are as follows.
  • For Best Intern: Mayank Saksena (Case Western Reserve University/BioEnterprise, Cleveland)
  • For Best Mentor: Julie Robie (Managing Attorney, Consumer Law Practice, Legal Aid Society of Cleveland)
  • For Best New Internship: The Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association (Cleveland)
  • For Best College Advisor: Adrienne Aguilar (Lorain County Community College University Partnership with University of Toledo)
  • For Coolest Internship: Something New Entertainment (Akron)
  • For Best Large Company Internship:  Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores (Hudson)
  • For Best Small Company Internship: The Greater Cleveland Sports Commission (Cleveland)
“Developing talent is critical to the success of Northeast Ohio’s economy,” said NOCHE Executive Director Ann Womer Benjamin.  “Internships and co-ops connect education to the world of work.  That connection is vital to the health of our economy both now and in the future. ”
NOCHE’s signature regional internship program, NEO Talent Exchange, connects students, employers and internship opportunities in collaboration with the region’s colleges and universities.  Nearly 20,000 students and more than 2,300 employers are registered with NEO Talent Exchange, and more than 500 internship openings are currently available across Northeast Ohio. NOCHE offers a regular employer workshop, “Maximize Your ROI: Return on Intern,” to help companies establish a new internship program or improve an existing one.  Internships provide valuable experience for students to connect their classroom learning to professional practice while providing employers with valuable talent.
NOCHE: Connecting business and higher education