2023 Summer is here, and so is our first ever Elevate group! 

Elevate is Hastings' very own intern engagement program. 

As we continue to see available jobs in our community and students looking to find jobs elsewhere due to the perceived lack of activity in our community, we decided to take charge. Feeling connected to a community is a big draw for the next generation of talent. Those of us who are here know that Hastings has lots to offer, that’s why we live here! Let’s intentionally open the eyes of others together, and elevate the future of Hastings, our talent, and our community. 

Elevate, a program from Hastings Economic Development Corporation, connects interns from a variety of career paths, backgrounds, and lifestyles with a network of young professionals their age while they experience purposeful engaging community opportunities together. The program features 4 meaningfully designed events to immerse interns in all things Hastings outside of their work day! 

This year we have 17 interns participating in the program from 4 Hastings area businesses.

Participating businesses:

Hastings Ford - Lincoln 

Cooperative Producers Inc. 

Thermo King 

Hastings Five Points Bank 

The event schedule this summer includes a welcome networking event, a downtown scavenger hunt, HYP Summer Connect, and a lunch and learn professional development session. 

If you are interested in participating in 2024 please email Madison Jagels at