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TALENT The Next Generation
INTERNS:
THE LEADERS
OF TOMORROW
With concerns about talent shortages plaguing the
industry, integrators must lay the groundwork now to
expand the AV talent pool to meet growing needs.
By Alyssa Borelli
NATIONAL INTERN DAY, celebrated on
the last Thursday of July, is a day to recognize
and celebrate the future leaders of our
industry and of the world. Launched by the
recruiting software platform WayUp in 2017,
National Intern Day is an opportunity for
thousands of employers to celebrate, honor
and thank their hardworking interns.
Crestron Electronics, a leader in audiovisual
automation and integration technologies,
held Intern Appreciation Day at its
Rockleigh, N.J.-based headquarters on July
20. Working in conjunction with national
nonprofit Operation Gratitude, Crestron
interns came together to assemble care
packages for deployed troops and first
responders, write thank-you cards, make
paracord bracelets and stuff bears, called
" Battalion Buddies, " for children of deployed
parents.
Different and Special
Chris Fitzpatrick, manager of university
relations and DEI at Crestron, addressed a
crowded room of interns, saying, " Today's
different...today's special. Today, we come
together, as a team, and will do something
that has nothing to do with the audiovisual
industry but has everything to do with our
communities that allow us to be in business. "
The spirit of selfless service suffused
the entire experience.
Everyone seems to agree that our
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industry is poised for growth. According to
AVIXA, commercial AV represents a $258
billion industry in 2022, and it's expected
to grow at a 7.2% CAGR from 2021 to
2026 - but we must scale up our ranks
to maximize that growth. Many industry
observers say we're growing faster than we
can attract, train and retain talent.
In this article, we'll dive deep into not
only Crestron's Intern Appreciation Day
but also its internship program broadly.
We'll also explore the internship-related
efforts of nationwide integration firm
Conference Technologies, Inc. (CTI), and
global technology service provider Mechdyne
Corp.
To start, let's continue with Crestron.
The company welcomed a record 111
interns this year. The program, in recent
years, has attracted between 70 and 80
students, meaning this year is an exciting
new milestone. " We brought in more
interns than we ever have before by over
a 30% margin year-over-year, " Fitzpatrick
says with pride. " And we're going to keep
growing it. "
The engineering category stands at
about half of the internship program at
AIDAN HEIDGERKEN, a junior at Iowa State University,
enjoys working with technology, but the undecided
major is finding it difficult to choose a focal point
because the university doesn't have any AV-specific
majors. Heidgerken is leaning toward communication
with a minor in engineering. " I like talking to people.
I like technology. I like messing with it and experimenting with tech. I like
helping people solve problems with technology. I've helped people in
and out of the office that are less technically savvy, " he says. Unlike other
interns, Heidgerken didn't happen to fall into the industry - his father has
spent his career in it. Heidgerken's advice to other integrators is to get the
word out better. The experience of working with technology and the chance
to see how each different department works together to help solve client
challenges is an invaluable experience.
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