Chamber Intern Program

The Chamber Intern Program is aimed at high school students majoring in Journalism, English or Business, but is open to any student wishing to participate. The concept is that the student will get real-world experience taking part in the local business community as a member of the Chamber of Commerce, as well as get published writing experience that can be added to their college résumé.

Current Chamber Intern

Ethan DeVelvis

Ethan DeVelvis

Class of 2020

General Requirements of the Program

  • Student must commit to attend all Chamber general membership meetings and occasional special evening/weekend events for an entire school year
    • General membership meetings are held on the second Tuesday of every month (except July and August) from 6-8:30pm
      • Usually at the Moriches Bay Diner, 62 Montauk Hwy, Moriches, NY 11955
    • Special evening/weekend events include:
      • Patrick’s Day Cocktail Party & Parade in March (two events)
      • Annual Spring Fair in June
      • Annual Fall Fair in October
      • Veterans Day Parade in November
      • Christmas Party in December
    • Student must write a 500+ word article about the event
      • Article should be a narrative that summarizes what took place, including:
        • General agenda
        • Major topics of discussion
        • Guest speakers and honored guests
        • Any awards that were given/received
      • Deadline is one week after the event
      • Photos are not required

Benefits of Participation

  • Student gets to witness and experience working with local business leaders helping to shape the direction of the business community
  • Student’s article will get published (permanently) on the Chamber’s website with their byline, be shared on the Chamber’s social media profiles, and be emailed to all Chamber members
  • Student will end up with 8-10 published articles (per semester) that they can include on their college or employment résumé
  • Student will be listed, with their headshot and bio, on the Chamber Intern Program page on the Chamber’s website
  • Student’s time in the program may qualify for community service hours
  • Student will get to meet local politicians who are frequently guest speakers at the meetings
  • Student will be served dinner at no charge at all Chamber meetings and events where food is served
  • Student will receive a $500 scholarship upon successful completion of the program

Rules of the Chamber Intern Program

  • Once a student is accepted, they are expected to be at the meetings/events. If they cannot make it to a particular meeting/event they must inform the program administrator one week prior so that other arrangements can be made.
  • There are only 8-10 meetings/events each semester, so attendance is very important. If a student misses two meetings/events they will be removed from the program.
  • If the student does not show up to a meeting/event and did not give notice that they could not attend they will be removed from the program immediately.
  • The articles need to be written in a businesslike but approachable voice. The student needs to have a firm grasp of good sentence structure, grammar, spelling, punctuation, etc.
  • The articles need to be published in a timely manner. Students will have one week to write their article and submit it for approval. This leaves time for the editor to make any changes or request a rewrite. If the student misses two deadlines they will be removed from the program.
  • The Chamber of Commerce is a business group. Proper behavior and attire at meetings/events are expected and required. Student is expected to dress neatly in business casual attire and conduct themselves appropriately at all times.
  • The student must be able to get him/herself to and from all meetings/events. Transportation will not be provided.