U.S. Ambassador Launches Refugee Internship Guide
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On April 12, AmCham members and stakeholders gathered at Ørsted's facilities in Gentofte for the launch of Foreningen Nydansker's new Refugee Internship Guide, together with U.S. Ambassador Carla Sands.

The Refugee Internship & Mentorship Programs are a partnership between Foreningen Nydansker, the U.S. Embassy and AmCham, aimed at engaging businesses and their employees as facilitators for improving the integration of highly educated refugees into the Danish labor market.

In the Fall of 2016, AmCham Denmark, the U.S. Embassy and Foreningen Nydansker launched the highly successful refugee mentoring program, which led to the creation of FN’s internship programs that have been utilized by several companies including Ørsted, who has recently completed its first program.

During the event, Torben Møller-Hansen, Director of Foreningen Nydansker, shared the organization’s vision with the Refugee Internship Program. U.S. Ambassador Carla Sands praised the participating companies for taking on a responsibilty to help the community. Additionally, Senior Vice President Anders Vikkelsø (Ørsted) shared how his company had engaged in the pilot program and the positive outcomes for both buddies and the interns. Foreningen Nydansker's Senior Consultant Trine Hoffmann launched the new Refugee Internship Guide, sharing the great results that FN's programs have led to in terms of helping refugees closer to the labor market.

At the event, participants had the opportunity to engage with company representatives and refugee interns in order to learn more about how to start an internship initiative at their facility. Companies and organizations such as RocheIBMDanish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS) and DTU have already completed several programs.

To learn more about how your company can be engaged in the Refugee Internship Program, contact AmCham’s Therese Oliver, at (+45) 33 932 932.

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