Dream It Do It Interns Learn Real World Lessons

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Dream It Do It Western New York concluded its third summer of manufacturing internships, capping another successful year. Dream It Do It Western New York is a workforce development initiative increasing the skilled workforce pipeline in manufacturing careers, and coordinates this opportunity for high school and college students pursuing careers in manufacturing. From welding and machining, to marketing and engineering the DIDIWNY internship program provides a framework to springboard students towards professional careers. Manufacturers are able to work with students who may become part of their future workforce while students gain essential real world industry-specific skills. In addition to the eight to ten week placement at their host manufacturer, interns also completed a one-day orientation, an on-site visit by the Dream It Do It Coordinator and concluded by delivering a presentation in the Carnahan Theatre at Jamestown Community College about their experiences.
Highlighted in this year’s program were several new additions that enhanced the intern’s experiences. Orientation included several trainings focused on a variety of skills that are essential for success. Cindy Aronson from Cindy Aronson Training presented a seminar on “The Brand Called You.” Through Cindy’s teaching, interns understood that in order to stand out and prosper in today’s work place environment, you have to build and continually sharpen your personal brand. Curt Anderson, Certified Business Advisor, from the Small Business Development Center stressed the importance of strengthening your online presence to improve your professional career. His training focused on LinkedIn and how to best make use of this social media platform. Concluding the new additions was a presentation and activity by Max Krug of Eminence Consulting, who explained the methodologies of operational excellence, a philosophy of organizational leadership, and focused on management attention towards sustainable improvement of organizational performance. Interns also participated in a fun, hands-on activity that demonstrated the ill effects of multi-tasking.
The following students successfully completed this year’s program at these participating manufacturers: Hunter Deponceau at Advanced Manufacturing Technologies; Jake Prindle-Cassidy at Advanced Manufacturing Technologies; Garret Crowell at Berry Plastics; Zachary Hammond at Chautauqua Precision; Alan Christie at Chautauqua Precision; Nicholas McIntyre at Heidenhain; Julie Torrens at MD Electronics; Jared Hallberg at MD Electronics; Eric Tyra at MD Electronics; Nick Bowers at Ring Precision/Producto; Bram Johnson at Ring Precision/Producto; Benjamin Berry at Ulrich Planfiling; Chad VanEvery at Ulrich Planfiling; and Jonathan Drake at Water Street Brass. Upon conclusion, students received certificates of completion from Dream It Do It Western New York, The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce, and the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier.
Dream It Do It Western New York would like to congratulate all of the interns on their hard work over the summer and wishes them all the best in their future endeavors. A special thank you to our sponsors of this program: Cindy Aronson Training, Small Business Development Center, Eminence Consulting, Jamestown Community College, Artone, Community Bank, Ulrich Planfiling, Water Street Brass, Weber Knapp, Heidenhain, Cummins, Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, Sheldon Foundation and Empire State Development.