EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn., July 21, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — This summer, the Winnebago Industries Foundation is funding a new internship program in partnership with Camber Outdoors, a leading nonprofit dedicated to promoting inclusion, diversity and workplace equity in the outdoor industry pushes. A total of five outdoor recreation companies are taking on fifteen interns with the goal of creating career opportunities for diverse talents.
“Nature is for everyone. At Winnebago Industries, we are committed to creating an inclusive and diverse workplace where our employees know and feel they belong,” said Michael Happe, CEO of Winnebago Industries. “We’re excited to partner with Camber Outdoors and other outdoor companies to appeal to the next generation of outdoor enthusiasts.”
Camber’s Future of Work internship program connects companies with students through a summertime experience that offers resources and training for both students and employers. Winnebago Industries and the Winnebago Industries Foundation initially supported the initiative for several years.
“Career opportunities in outdoor recreation are huge and continue to grow. Camber’s Future of Work internship program is designed to attract and nurture students from traditionally excluded communities,” said Tiffany Smith, Chief Executive Officer of Camber Outdoors. “We anticipate that this early, positive employment experience will strengthen talent pathways and lead to more inclusive and diverse workplaces.”
Camber Outdoors works with more than 300 companies and organizations in the $887 billion outdoor recreation economy committed to inclusion, diversity and equity. Working with his partners, Camber identified a gap in the talent path – connecting traditionally disadvantaged students directly with outdoor recreation employers through internships.
In addition to placements in teams within their field of study, interns participate in cohort-based learning experiences.
“I was drawn to the opportunity that came with the DEI initiative that Camber took, which allowed more diverse talent to get positions in this industry,” said Myles Bradley, intern at Grand Design RV Purchasing and Supply Chain Operations. “As someone who enjoys spending time outdoors and has been a firm supporter of DEI, I felt this would be a great opportunity for me. I was able to learn a lot from my intern manager and intern buddy. This organization has an incredible culture and being part of it has allowed me to embrace some of the qualities it takes to be a successful organization.”
Over the next three years, Camber plans to expand the program to additional schools and employers, aiming to place 125 interns. Interested partners should contact Camber Outdoors at camberoutdoors.org.
About the Winnebago Industries Foundation
The Winnebago Industries Foundation aims to inspire new generations of outdoor enthusiasts, mobilize resources to reach people in times of need, and support volunteer workers to build strong, inclusive communities where we work, live and play. We focus our community investments on three impact areas: outdoor, access and community. Learn more at www.winnebagoind.com/responsibility/community.
About Winnebago Industries
Winnebago Industries, Inc. is a leading North American manufacturer of Winnebago, Grand Design, Chris-Craft, Newmar and Barletta branded outdoor lifestyle products primarily used for leisure travel and outdoor recreation. The company builds quality motorhomes, caravans, fifth wheels, pontoons, inboard/outboard and sterndrive motor boats and commercial share vehicles. Winnebago Industries has multiple facilities in Iowa, Indiana, Minnesota and Florida. The Company’s common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and trades under the symbol WGO. Visit http://investor.wgo.net to access Winnebago Industries investor relations material or to add your name to an automated email list for the company’s news releases.
About camber outdoors
Camber Outdoors is dedicated to promoting inclusion, equity and diversity in all workplaces that make up the outdoor recreation economy. To learn more about Camber Outdoors, visit camberoutdoors.org.
Winnebago Industries, Chad Reece – 641-585-6647 – [email protected]
Camber, Julie Evans – 970-946-0856 – [email protected]
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