MILFORD - On Feb. 28 Jean Pavek of Biondo Investment Advisors spoke of the firm’s summer intern experiences as part of the Orange County Chamber of Commerce membership breakfast. Pavek, a member of Orange Ulster Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES), which acts as a liaison between the school and the business community, was eager to share the benefits. “We are able to give the students meaningful experiences, and they, in turn, help us with projects and daily tasks,” she said. The Biondo Group has hosted many interns and each has brought with them different talents. “An internship is not just a job for the student; most receive academic credit and, therefore, have an added incentive to do well,” said Pavek. The economic prosperity of the region heavily relies on the commitment of businesses to host student interns. Pavek concluded by stating, “Internships are not just a short term benefit to an employer and a student, but an investment in our future workforce.” Dennis Cordova of Matamoras, illustrates Pavek’s remarks. A student at Penn State University Altoona Campus, he is a member of the Society of Business Students and was named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2005 semester. For the past two years, Cordova has been an intern with Biondo, where he provides support to the team with special projects including: business research, data entry and report design and maintenance. Through his internship, Cordova has gained valuable work related experience that continues to enrich his education and will prepare him for a position in the financial industry upon graduation. Cordova is a 2004 graduate of Delaware Valley High School and is the son of Patrick and Carol Cordova.