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Crestron Internship
Program Welcomes
75 as Summer Staff
Kickoff celebration spotlights diversity
of 2021 class, whose talents are being
spread across departments such as
IT, engineering, marketing, testing and
more. By Jason Knott
FOR MORE THAN a decade,
Crestron has instituted its
groundbreaking Crestron
Internship Program that aims
to build the next generation
for the industry. The 2021
Crestron Internship Program
kicked off in late May when
the company welcomed
75 new interns who will
be spending the summer
working both in-person and
remotely with Crestron staff
across 36 departments.
Held under giant party
tents in the parking lot at
Crestron's Rockleigh, N.J.,
headquarters, the kickoff
celebration of the 2021
internship program had
special significance this year
as it was the first in-person
gathering by Crestron in over
a year due to the pandemic.
In 2020, Crestron had
to creatively institute the
internship program mostly
remotely due to restrictions
from COVID-19.
" This is a very special day.
Instead of sitting behind
a computer on a Zoom
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meeting, we are live in front
of people for the very first
time, " commented Randy
Klein, CEO of Crestron, as
he spoke to the gathered
" future Crestron citizens. "
" Crestron is a family and
it's a community; we share
values and interests. We
talk, meet and collaborate a
lot to stay connected. Most
importantly, we value and
respect each other and our
customers alike, " he added.
Dan Feldstein, COO of
Crestron, also addressed the
group, noting the company
is continuously hiring more
engineers, salespeople, and
marketing people, among
other positions.
" That's why this internship
program is so important,
because this is how we
grow. This is how we take
ourselves to the next level.
We're still a privately held
company, and we plan to
continue to be that. We can
make decisions quickly and
efficiently to do the right
thing. I think that's a very imThe
New Jersey-based company's 2021 interns represent 36
colleges and universities nationwide.
portant characteristic about
Crestron. This internship
program is very important
for us. "
Among the myriad departments
in which the 75
Crestron interns are involved
this year are: IT Services,
Engineering/Quality, Engineering/Firmware,
Marketing,
Engineering/Software,
Software Tools, and Engineering/Testing.
Between
30% and 40% of
the interns that are graduating
seniors, and thus they
are eligible to be hired and
join Crestron as full-time employees
after completion, according
to Chris Fitzpatrick,
university relations manager
at Crestron.
" This internship program is
a big part of Crestron's overall
talent strategy, " he notes,
telling the gathered group,
" Each and every intern is
assigned a mentor who is
responsible for developing
your technical and non-technical
skills. "
The program draws
students from 36 colleges
and universities from across
the United States. Among
the schools with the most
interns this year are:
New Jersey Institute of
Technology with eight
University of Texas at
Dallas with eight interns,
primarily working at
Crestron's Plano, Texas,
location
Stevens Institute of
Technology with seven
interns
Rutgers New Brunswick
and Newark campuses
with five
Montclair State, Cornell,
Fairfield University,
James Madison University
and SUNY Binghamtom
each have three
interns in the program.
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