Labor Day marks that time of year when Hydro-Thermal bids a fond farewell to our crop of summer interns. This year we had five interns - three in our Engineering department, one in Marketing, and one in Welding. The interns spanned the spectrum of schooling, ranging from fresh out of high school to just graduated college.
Mike Johrendt, recent UW Oshkosh grad, will continue on at Hydro-Thermal, as a full-time staff person. He also spent last summer interning for Hydro-Thermal’s Marketing department, so staff were eager to welcome him as an official employee.
“When I first interned here last summer, that sense of knowing where I wanted to be was evident. Being able to come back full time after college really is a testament to the importance Hydro-Thermal puts on developing interns,” remarked Johrendt.
Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) freshman, Andrew Kempen, will also return to Hydro-Thermal as a part-time Associate Electrical Engineer during the school year. High school senior Hanson Zaiser, son of President and CEO Jim Zaiser, will undoubtedly return to Hydro-Thermal as well.
Hydro-Thermal has hired more than 45 interns (from high schools and colleges) since they started the program 11 years ago. Interns are hired from all areas of the company, from manufacturing to engineering, and from accounting to marketing. Today, one in four Hydro-Thermal interns is hired as a full-time employee after graduation.
Over time, Hydro-Thermal also has developed long-standing strategic partnerships with many local research universities and businesses that utilize their products. Here, expertise is shared and exposure to cutting edge technologies occurs (EX: UW-Madison, Mount Mary, MSOE, Cornell, and many more) creating mutually beneficial partnerships.
2018 Hydro-Thermal interns: Andrew Kempen (freshman, MSOE and recent Waukesha South High School grad), Aaron Bauer (senior, UW-Platteville), Mike Johrendt (recent grad, UW Oshkosh), Hanson Zaiser (Senior, Brookfield Academy), and Kelly Chen (senior, UW-Milwaukee).