Travel and Transport’s internship program has expanded since its humble beginnings last summer, and currently consists of seven interns, more than doubling the number of interns in the program last year. Four interns participate in a rotating program, spending one week in departments across the company, from marketing, IT, technology solutions to account management. These interns also work on a summer long project with the guidance of a personal mentor. In addition to the four rotating interns, there are three interns based in marketing, IT and events, respectively.
Jim Winterscheid, Vice President of Human Resources, played an integral role in implementing the internship program at Travel and Transport. “We were looking for talented young people that would be interested in the travel industry. And that was really the core of what we were hoping to do with the internship program – finding talented young people that would be the next generation of leadership of Travel and Transport. I think the internship program shows a younger generation that we’ve been here, been around, have multiple career paths and a culture that is somewhat unique and hopefully appealing to all generations.” said Winterscheid.
“We had the internship program defined as we were originally going to do three college interns, we found a fourth excellent candidate so we expanded that to four, and added the three beyond the scope of that. I think we’ll make it as big as we need to, to accommodate all of the people we think would be excellent additions down the road, or would benefit from the internship,” said Winterscheid.
Winterscheid stressed the importance of internship experience. “They come in knowing what to expect, we come to the table having a better understanding of their skills. Because of that internship, I would think we would be better suited to find them a position within the company. And also going into it, help them manage strengths and weaknesses a little bit better because they have worked through an internship program. Because of the program, I think they would come to us with a better sense of where they would like to be within the company. Hopefully that leads to a better fit for employer and employee.”
And the most exciting thing about the internship program, in Jim’s opinion? “Affording college students the opportunity to have a good summer, work experience and getting the word out there about what a great company Travel and Transport is.”
For the next four weeks, we’ll be running a feature on the blog about our internship program. Each intern will have the opportunity to detail their experiences with Travel and Transport’s internship program. Check back to learn more about Chelsea, Jessica, Bethany, Megan, Ethan, Lauren and Emily, our interns for summer 2014!