The Internship Impact: Narrowing the Skills Gap One Intern at a Time

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Meet Sean Sullivan

Our commitment to readying future generations for careers in advanced manufacturing continues again this year. This summer Genesis Plastics Welding welcomed intern Sean Sullivan, a Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology sophomore studying mechanical engineering.

Sullivan, an Indiana native who graduated from Bishop Chatard summa cum laude with a 4.4/4.0 GPA, set out in late spring in search of an interning opportunity that would provide hands-on experience and a broad spectrum of learning opportunities.

“With this being my first internship, I wasn’t sure what to expect and wondered if I’d just be getting engineers coffee and making copies all day,” said Sullivan. “Several weeks in, I’m pleasantly surprised! I’ve been working side-by-side with the engineering team running machines, validating product runs for quality and running test parts for customers.”

Sullivan works directly with a few of Genesis’ top experts, such as Senior Product and Process Development Engineer Jon Harvey and Operations Manager Dale Wagner. By shadowing lead engineers, he has the chance to gain new skills, apply his university teachings to real-world projects, and get a first-hand look at what it takes to make it in today’s advanced manufacturing industry.

“I’m definitely happy with my decision to intern with Genesis,” said Sullivan. “I’ve learned so much about advanced manufacturing, the art of RF welding, working hard, being organized and how to stay on top of your work.”

As an Indiana employer in the manufacturing sector, our Genesis team knows the importance of collaborating with educators and supplementing traditional learning in order to truly invest in the development of the future workforce. We’re in a strong position to help ignite a passion for engineering and tear down outdated ideas of what STEM careers are like today.

“There are so many unknowns in the world for today’s students in regards to their ultimate career paths,” said President and CEO Tom Ryder. “Until they have hands-on experience in the fields they are thinking of entering, it’s only what they can imagine. Helping be a part of clarifying their vision through hands-on internships can be very enlightening for most, and such a great value for the employer as well. Extra help is always a great thing in our busy manufacturing facility.”

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