2018-08-10 / Business

Columbia College provides internships in New Hampshire

Contributed by Columbia College

Columbia College and two major businesses in New Hampshire, Hypertherm and Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, have established internship programs designed to provide hands-on training in a variety of different career fields for Columbia College students. The first cohort of interns are currently in New Hampshire living, working, and learning about the northern culture.

“This is an exciting partnership that will enable our students to gain valuable experience in a multitude of different careers,” said Columbia College president Dr. Carol Moore. “During these internships, our students not only have the benefit of experiential learning, they also have the opportunity to build relationships with other individuals across the country and across the world.”

Hypertherm is a privately owned U.S. based manufacturer of industrial cutting systems and software, and understands the importance of engaging students in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. The partnership with Columbia College will help the company broaden its reach into education, and Columbia College students will transition into the workforce better equipped for employment in STEM fields.

Destine Hicks is a Columbia College intern who is working as the intern program manager. She explains, “Hypertherm’s Corporate Social Responsibilities (CRS) Team gives a quarterly update video which features updates on CRS and the Hypertherm Ventures Team.”

Hicks had the opportunity to take part in the CRS Team’s third quarter update video and share with the Hypertherm community her role and assignments.

Recently, the Columbia College partners attended the Northeastern University NExT Summer Convening 2018 Conference. This is an exclusive, invitation only conference that brings together businesses and educational institutions to discuss accessible experiential learning for all learners in the country.

The guidebook for the conference noted, “To do this, we are bringing a diverse network of stakeholders together to share their bold ideas and visions on how to leverage experiential learning to transform schools, districts, education systems, and broaden opportunities for educators and students at all levels.”

This conference will help Hypertherm and Dartmouth Hitchcock better support, educate, and train the Columbia College interns during their time in New Hampshire.

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