The Delaware State Chamber is excited to welcome our newest team member, Amanda Schimmel. She may be a familiar face to some of our members as Amanda first interned with the State Chamber in 2022 and stayed in a part-time role until she graduated from the University of Delaware this past May.
In her role as marketing and accounting manager, Amanda’s talent and energy will provide key support in three areas: marketing for the State Chamber’s workforce development affiliate—The Partnership, Inc.; accounting and bookkeeping; and serving as the president’s assistant.
Where are you from?
I am originally from Hillsborough, New Jersey, but I made the amazing decision to attend the University of Delaware—where I was first introduced to The Delaware Way—and I haven’t looked back since!
What most excites you about this position and working at the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce?
As a recent graduate with both English and economics majors, I look forward to exploring how these two fields will work together in my new role. Additionally, I am very excited to join and champion the Delaware community through our events and programs and to meet many new faces. The Delaware State Chamber is a great first job because it offers me the perfect blend of my professional interests, exciting opportunities, and the ability to make long-lasting connections.
You’ve had a couple internships before joining the State Chamber, including with us! Why do you think internships are important?
Internships are a wonderful way to test out the waters in a new industry and foster the skills necessary to enter the workforce. In the summer going into my junior year of college, I interned with a law firm, and it was a truly enriching experience; however, in completing the internship I found that law school was not for me. Consequently, an internship can either guide you closer to or farther from your true passions, and both outcomes are equally beneficial. To that point, I knew within the first few weeks of my internship at the State Chamber that it was where I belonged.
You’re not originally from Delaware. What made you want to stay after graduation?
As many will agree, there is something incredibly special about the close-knit community in Delaware. It feels as though everyone knows everyone. I remember setting up an Intern Delaware event early one morning and meeting many Delaware business leaders, only to see them later that same day in Dover at our End-of-Session Legislative Conference.
Do you have a favorite Delaware spot?
Lums Pond is definitely one of my favorite Delaware spots because I am a huge nature lover and an avid people watcher. The park also holds some sentimental value because it was the location of my parents’ first official date while they were attending the University of Delaware.
Give us a fun fact about yourself!
A fun fact about me is that I have been vegetarian for over seven years, and I am always on the hunt for new recipes to test out in my kitchen. My most recent recipe success was a delicious roasted chickpea and veggie stew.