Radio Frequency Welding, Rule of Three and Interns

by Genesis Plastics Welding Marketing Team Genesis Plastics Welding Marketing Team

The rule of three writing principle suggests that things that come in threes are inherently funnier, more satisfying and more effective than any other number of things. We happen to think that principle applies to radio frequency welding summer interns too.

Hands-On Learning Experiences

As an Indiana employer in the manufacturing sector, our Genesis Plastics Welding team knows the importance of collaborating with educators and supplementing traditional learning in order to truly invest in the development of our future workforce with guided hands-on learning experiences.

Our 2018 radio frequency welding and contract manufacturing engineering interns include Dustin Persohn, Nate Venis and Ruth Oliva Rodrigues. They’ve affectionately been nicknamed D2, Ye-Ne and Ruthless by our engineering team. Intern Rodriguez laughs as she recaps how her nickname came about one day on a lunch outing and notes, “I’d rather have a nickname than no one talk to me all day long. Sometimes you hear about internships where the intern never really gets to do anything of importance and just runs errands all summer. That’s not the case at Genesis. There is an openness, and you really get to experience everything. They really take you into the fold.”

Meet our 2018 Radio Frequency Welding Interns

Dustin Persohn

Intern Persohn is a Biomedical Engineering Senior at IUPUI. He heard about the intern opportunity with Genesis Plastics Welding through IUPUI’s Career Services connection, as he was looking to explore future career paths.

Why the nickname: There’s a Dustin that has been here longer than me, thus D2.

What has been your favorite part of your Genesis Plastics Welding internship: Doing a variety of things, getting to work with multiple machines and mentoring with more than just one engineering within the department.

Favorite project of the summer: A bio bag with an interesting end use.

Future plans: Tackle a master’s degree.

If you had to describe Genesis Plastics Welding in one word: Variety

Nate Venis

Intern Venis is a Biomedical Engineering Junior at IUPUI, and this is his second summer internship with us. He found the opportunity with Genesis Plastics Welding listed on and may just come back next year too! We’d be glad to have you, Nate!

Why the nickname: There also is a preexisting Nate on the Genesis team. The engineers decided Young Nate took too long to say and it soon became, Ye-Ne.

What has been your favorite part of your Genesis Plastics Welding internship: Getting to work on a variety of projects and seeing how the projects I worked on last year are progressing. It’s been an eye opener to see how long the design and development cycle to production can be. I also find the insights into end uses of devices fascinating.

Favorite project of the summer: A pressure bladder for a spinal fluid device.

Future plans: Exploring outside of Indiana.

If you had to describe Genesis Plastics Welding in one word: Cutting-edge

Ruth Oliva Rodrigues

Intern Rodrigues is an Automation and Robotics Sophomore at Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana and is planning to move on to Purdue University to study Mechatronics Engineering. She learned of Genesis Plastics Welding’s internship opportunities while working here last summer as a production operator and discussing her future career plans with Director of Advanced Manufacturing and Technology, Dale Wagner, and Product and Process Development Engineering Technician, Matthew Fields. She also is the daughter of a long-time production employee, Estela Rodrigues. “I’m so proud of her,” says Estela. “She is getting valuable experience in the things she is studying. Plus it’s fun to see her here.”

Why the nickname: Ruthless came about one day when I was driving everyone to lunch. They noted my great driving skills!

What has been your favorite part of your Genesis Plastics Welding internship: Getting a 3-in-1 experience by interning within three areas of Genesis Plastics Welding — maintenance, quality and engineering. There really is an openness here and you get to try so many things.

Favorite project of the summer: Working with an engineer to bring a portion of a job (a tube assembly) that had formerly been outsourced inside and improve the overall production process.

Future plans: To work within robotics, to troubleshoot but innovate as well.

If you had to describe Genesis Plastics Welding in one word: Open

Manufacturing Internships, Learned Skills and Career Paths

“This year’s batch of interns have been phenomenal and full of good humor,” says Engineering Technician Dustin Luke (aka the original Dustin). “They grab the ball and run with it, have a great ability to take direction, are always eager to learn and quickly take learned skills and apply to various scenarios.”

“Extra help is always a great thing in our busy contract manufacturing facility, and we’ve enjoyed having Dustin, Nate and Ruth this summer,” says President and CEO Tom Ryder. “There are so many unknowns in the world for today’s students in regards to their ultimate career paths, hands-on internships can be very enlightening for most, and such a great value for the employer as well.”

Curious about an internship with Genesis Plastics Welding or current openings? Visit our Careers page.