Crestron has kicked off its summer internship program, welcoming the “Class of 2015” to its world headquarters and its family of over 3000 employees. This 3-month paid internship program will see 38 students from around the country spend a summer working and learning alongside leading professionals in the technology industry.
During a recent networking event for the interns and their mentors, Crestron CEO Randy Klein addressed the interns and shared his expectations for the program. “This program is a way for Crestron to contribute to developing the next wave of talent to fuel future growth. Don’t think of this as just a job, this is a career interview for both of us. We want to get to know you, learn to work with you, and vice-versa. We’re investing in you and you are investing in us.”
The student interns joined various departments across Crestron, including engineering (mechanical, software, software enterprise, software verification, hardware, firmware, engineering services, engineering logistics and lighting), manufacturing, production, marketing and customer support. The students will also be exposed to global business practices, thanks to Crestron’s 90+ offices located around the world. And Crestron will host several social events throughout the summer, so that the interns can network with their peers, mentors and Crestron Executive Leadership.
“The Crestron internship is very unique in that our interns do not file or fetch coffee. Instead, they apply the theoretical knowledge learned in the classroom to work they are given here,” said Martin Devaney, Crestron Senior Director of Human Resources. “Students have the opportunity to be a part of this exciting industry and contribute to our successes.”
“We are committed to our interns and this program because they are the future of this industry and our company,” added Klein. “We had 150 interns over the last five years and many of them now have positions within the company.”
So far the internship program is off to a great start. Here’s what Crestron interns are saying about the program:
“I have only been here for a few days and this opportunity has already been a mind blowing experience,” said Matthew Singer, a senior Electrical Engineering major at University at Buffalo (SUNY), interning in the Engineering Lighting department. “Being able to apply what I have learned in the classroom to tasks that I am assigned here is amazing.”
“My mentors really go above and beyond to help me feel comfortable and get as much out of this internship opportunity as possible,” said Nya Dark, junior Marketing and Management double major at Montclair State University, interning in the Marketing and Public Relations Department. “I have already gained so much experience and the summer has only begun. I have attended an offsite event, conducted interviews and written a few press releases. This internship has assured me that I have made the right decision with pursuing a career in Marketing.”