The MHEDA Journal - Fourth Quarter, 2015 - (Page 71)

EDUCATIONAL INTERNSHIPS RESOURCES Getting the Most Out of an Internship Program Designing an internship that mutually benefits the student and the company O BY STEVE GUGLIELMO ne common refrain heard within the material handling industry is an inability to find and recruit the younger generation, or millennials, into their company. In theory, our industry and millennials should be a match made in heaven. Ours is an industry with a burgeoning need for young talent. And according to the Economic Policy Institute, recent high school and college graduates are unemployed and underemployed at a rate much higher than the national average. For college graduates, the unemployment rate is currently 7.2 percent (compared to 5.5 percent in 2007, before the recession.) The underemployment rate is 14.9 percent (compared to 9.6 percent in 2007.) The numbers are much more dire for high school graduates. Though certainly not the entire reason but at least part of the reason that this seemingly perfect match has not happened as much as possible is a lack of awareness of the material handling industry and the attractive and potentially lucrative career path it affords. As Clayton Hatten, Texas A&M Industrial Distribution Student and Sunbelt Industrial Trucks 2015 Summer Intern, says, "This isn't something that I think crosses the normal student's mind. Sales can take you into a lot of different industries but you don't really think about forklifts. They're all around and now that I'm involved I can see how stable this industry is and how much it does have to have offer but prior to this experience, it's not something that would have ever really crossed my mind." These internships, if designed correctly, can be an incredible opportunity for both students and employers. Students get exposure and contacts with people in a vibrant and viable industry, while employers get the benefit of working with a potential job candidate as well as a pipeline into a school like Texas A&M or other Industrial Distribution programs. Designing an Effective Internship For an internship to be beneficial, though, it has to be more than the stereotypical "coffee maker, mail deliverer" role. "This is our third year with an internship program and it has turned into a very good fit for us," says Sunbelt President Bill Rowan. "We work at making it a good experience for the The MHEDA Journal | Fourth Quar ter 2 015 71

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The MHEDA Journal - Fourth Quarter, 2015

President's Perspective
From the Desk of Liz Richards
Editor's Note
Ask Your Board
MHEDA University Calandar
MHEDA MEMBER PROFILE
@WORK
MHEDA’S 2016 CRITICAL IMPACT FACTORS
COLLABORATING TO GET THE JOB DONE
Industry Pulse
HOW TO GET YOUR ONLINE MARKETING EFFORTS BACK ON TRACK
BACK TO BASICS
PRIVACY AND SECURITY
A TREASURE CHEST OF EMPLOYEE TRAINING
GETTING THE MOST OUT OF AN INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
FACING INFLATION
MATERIAL HANDLING M&A: 3 REALITIES IN TODAY’S INDUSTRY
PRICING THE FORGETTABLE LAST FIVE PERCENT
New Members
Spotlight on Association News
MHEDA Milestones
TEN MORE REASONS WHY YOU CAN’T FILL JOBS
Index to Advertisers by Product Category
The Last Word

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