Seminar speakers say internships forge vital ties with future workers
Gray Chynoweth, chief operating officer of Dyn, talks about the need to attract younger workers in New Hampshire at the Talent & Internship Summit at the Internet company's headquarters in Manchester on Thursday. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)
Companies like Fidelity in Merrimack, Hypertherm in Lebanon and Dyn in the Millyard might have to relocate, even though they don’t want to, said Gray Chynoweth, chief operating officer of Dyn, an Internet company which hosted about 100 business and academic leaders for a seminar on internships.
Focusing on internships is a way for businesses to find good employees and develop a workforce, while allowing colleges and some high schools to provide the education that’s needed to fill jobs across the state.
Andrea Kokolis, vice president of human resources for Newforma, said internships work “but only if you work to make them work.” She said what is needed is structure; someone within the company to answer questions — sometimes the same one five different times, patience and a starting and ending point.
Barbara Couch, vice president for corporate social responsibility at Hypertherm, a Lebanon manufacturer of high temperature metal cutting equipment, talked about how her daughter interned 16 years ago at J.Crew in Manhattan. The internship was unpaid, she said, but her daughter was able to complete it with her parents’ financial support.
Couch said it is inequitable to have unpaid internships because many students are financially unable to work for free. Internships offered at Hypertherm are paid, she said.
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