NEWS: The Expys 2018 Winners Revealed!

Announce Winners of The Expys Best Internship Awards for 2018!

CLEVELAND, April 12, 2018: The Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education (NOCHE) and Contempo DESIGN+COMMUNICATIONS revealed the 2018 winners to a standing-room only crowd at The Expys eighth annual awards ceremony on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at Windows on the River.

The Expys is NOCHE’s annual awards event recognizing the best interns, advisors, supervisors/mentors and internship programs in Northeast Ohio. Between August and December of 2017 hundreds of nominations were submitted for six categories: Best Intern, Best Supervisor/Mentor, Best College Advisor, Coolest Internship, Best Large Company Internship, and Best Small Company Internship. A panel of independent judges reviewed all of the nominations and made their selections for winners in each category as follows:

  • BEST INTERN: Suzanna Hammond (The Ohio State University @ Mansfield, Little Buckeye Children’s  Museum)
  • BEST SUPERVISOR/MENTOR: Christy Quinn (The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company)
  • BEST COLLEGE ADVISOR: Danielle Rueger (Cleveland Institute of Art)
  • COOLEST INTERNSHIP: Northeast Ohio Student Venture Fund

“An outstanding experiential learning experience is the result of collaboration between higher education and employers in a shared mission: to educate our region’s students about career options while increasing the talent supply for Northeast Ohio’s industry sectors,” said NOCHE president Holly Harris Bane. “A hearty CONGRATULATIONS to all of the winners of The Expys 2018! Your continued success is vital to the health of our economy both now and in the future.”

NOCHE also presented honorary award for Excellence in New Internship Programs to four deserving employers. This award celebrates those employers who are willing to invest in the future workforce through the establishment of innovative new, high-quality internship programs. The honorees for 2018 are:

  • American Winds College of Aeronautics
  • Oatey
  • Penske
  • Stay in Play Recreation LLC

Internships provide valuable experience for students to connect classroom learning to professional practice while connecting employers with top talent. NOCHE offers workshops and educational programming to help employers establish high quality new internship programs, or enhance their current programs. NOCHE’s signature regional internship and job matching platform, the NEO Talent Exchange, connects students, graduates, employers and internship opportunities in collaboration with the region’s colleges and universities.

For information about building a successful internship program or about the matching platform, contact NOCHE Associate Vice President for Programs Brenda Davis Smith at or 216.302.3242. For details and to register for upcoming employer workshops visit


About the Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education: NOCHE is a unique collective of higher education and industry leaders who collaborate on solutions that ensure the talent supply for Northeast Ohio is tailored to advance the regional economy. (

About Contempo DESIGN + COMMUNICATIONS: Contempo: DESIGN + COMMUNICATIONS is a full-service design and communications firm that has been providing visual branding, environmental graphic design and digital creative for businesses and organizations throughout Northeast Ohio for the past 20+ years. (


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