Indium CorporationCONMED CorporationUtica National Insurance Group, and Assured Information Security (AIS) joined together to co-sponsor the first annual "Utica Starts with U" intern networking event. 

Interns from all four companies were invited to attend the event that was held Tuesday at the thINCubator, which encourages the training and retention of talented young professionals in the greater Utica area. 

"As Utica's Technology Company®, our internship program is designed to identify and develop talented college students for a future in rewarding careers in the STEM field," said Jim McCoy, Talent Acquisition Supervisor. "Our goal with this program—and partnerships with like-minded companies such as CONMED Corporation, Utica National, and AIS—is to create a pipeline of skilled professionals who want to work and live in, and enjoy, our community." 

Event attendees participated in panel discussions on topics including current young professionals' lifestyles in the Utica area, as well as how to contribute and invest in the greater Utica area.

"College is a crucial time to explore and discover career opportunities and preferences not only in a particular industry or field, but also in terms of lifestyle and geographic location," said Julie Hall, University Relations Lead at CONMED. "We are grateful to the many community members who spoke to the interns and provided insight and advice on life after college in the Greater Utica Area. We hope that participation in the event will increase the interns' interest in returning to Utica after college to start professional careers, and encourage college students to consider CONMED Corporation in their post-graduation job search."

"Utica and the surrounding area offers tremendous opportunities to young people," said Ryan Gifford, Utica National's Director of Talent Solutions. "Whether it's jobs, housing, schools, the cost of living or something else to attract them, we encourage those just beginning their professional careers to consider staying in – or coming back to – our area. Plus, Utica National's program for interns emphasizes the wide variety of jobs available at an insurance company – from human resources, IT, and risk management, to marketing, underwriting, claims and many others."

"At AIS, we value our interns tremendously and we are dedicated to offering them opportunities to grow every day," said Kandis Harter, AIS Talent Acquisition Specialist. "Seeing our interns network with other motivated individuals was rewarding, because the event not only instilled enthusiasm for their summer internships, but it also made our interns excited about living and working in Central New York in the future."

Indium Corporation is a premier materials manufacturer and supplier to the global electronics, semiconductor, thin-film, and thermal management markets. Products include solders and fluxes; brazes; thermal interface materials; sputtering targets; indium, gallium, germanium, and tin metals and inorganic compounds; and NanoFoil®. Founded in 1934, the company has global technical support and factories located in China, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, the United Kingdom, and the USA. For more information about Indium Corporation, visit www.indium.com.

CONMED Corporation is a medical technology company that provides surgical devices and equipment for minimally invasive procedures. The company's products are used by surgeons and physicians in a variety of specialties, including orthopedics, general surgery, gynecology, neurosurgery, thoracic surgery, and gastroenterology. For more information, visit www.conmed.com

Utica National Insurance Group is a nationally recognized insurer, providing personal and commercial insurance products and services, with the second-largest errors and omissions business in the United States. Utica National sells its products through more than 2,500 independent insurance agents and employs over 1,200 people countrywide. The company was founded in 1914, is headquartered in New Hartford, New York, with 11 offices. For more information, visit www.uticanational.com.

AIS is a cyber and information security firm founded and headquartered in Rome, New York, and maintains operating locations throughout the United States. AIS provides government and commercial customers with industry leading cyber security capabilities and services, such as research, development, consulting, testing, forensics, remediation and training. In 2018, AIS was ranked 101st out of 500 by Cybersecurity Ventures as one of the hottest and most innovative cybersecurity companies in the world. For more information, visit www.ainfosec.com.