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About the Smart Coast

West Michigan is quickly emerging as one of the best places in the country to start a career, a life or a family. And along the lakeshore, the Michigan Smart Coast boasts company innovation, professional fulfillment and continual sources of weekend entertainment.

We're a region globally recognized for leadership in manufacturing, food production, engineering, design, agriculture, tourism, health care and sustainability. More importantly, when you look at cost of living and sense of community, the West Michigan coastline stands out as your smart choice.

Upcoming Events

Michigan Smart Coast 2017 Internship Program

Locations vary throughout the summer

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Events Start

June 1

Intern Connect's Day in the Park

Ah-Nab-Awen Park
Register Here                           Enjoy a fun night after work with your peers from companies and organizations from all over West Michigan. There will be carnival games, attractions, food trucks, and great prizes.

June 22 @ 5:30 pm

HYP's Coffee & Conversation: Young Leaders Panel

Bakers Loft
Register Here                         Hear from inspiring young leaders on how they found success in their careers. You will be able to meet with them and ask questions about their stories. Coffee and pastries will be provided!

June 29 @ 7:30 am

Intern Connect's Professional Networking Night

Grand Rapids Art Museum
Your internship is winding down for the summer and you’re thinking “What’s Next?” Now is a great time to expand your professional network and connect with employers looking for their next round of interns or even full-time hires. This isn’t a career fair, but it will help you take the next step in your career.

July 11 @ 5:30 pm

HYP's July Unwind

West Coast Chamber
Tour the West Coast Chamber's newly renovated space. Hear from their team and how they impact the companies here on the lakeshore. Free drinks and complimentary appetizers will be provided. All young professionals are welcome!

July 13 @ 5:30 pm

Whitecaps Outing with West Michigan Young Professionals

Fifth Third Ballpark
Register here.                   Enjoy a night with Grand Rapids Young Professionals and other local young professional organizations for a night of baseball and networking at Fifth Third Ballpark! Registration for this event includes access to an all-you-can-eat buffet at Alto-Gas In-Game BBQ Deck and seats in the reserved section. Registration ends on July 13th!

July 27 @ 7:00 pm

HYP August Unwind

More details to come!

August 10 @ 5:30 pm