HydroHoist is proud to announce its involvement in both an internship and shadow student program. The Intern Partnerships Program developed through OCAST (Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology), and in partnership with The University of Tulsa (a top engineering school), pairs young engineers with companies that will provide hands-on experience for soon-to-be graduates.
“It’s great to have these fresh, young minds around you – they tend to think outside the box and remind us to ask ourselves “why” – it also allows us to work on more projects and to see what the next generation is like,” said Engineering Manager Jonathan Lancaster.
OCAST’s Intern Partnerships (Intern) program helps retain Oklahoma’s best and brightest students by matching undergraduate students with an Oklahoma company to complete an innovative project together which benefits the student and company. To foster a successful project outcome, OCAST provides matching funding for a skilled student to support the pursuit of high tech research.
Additionally, two students from Claremore High School are “shadowing” the engineers at HydroHoist.
“We’ve had a great time working with these high school students – we’re hoping to help develop a passion for engineering and it allows students to determine if this is a career they’d like to pursue after graduation,” said Lancaster.
Both the internship and shadow program are examples of HydroHoist Marine Group’s commitment to community participation.
“I think it’s a great opportunity and I’m very happy that I was able to get the position!” says Kyle Chancellor. Kyle and Connor Hostler are both seniors at Claremore High School, and they shadow through the School to Work program. “This has been an excellent experience so far. I believe it has greatly helped to prepare me for the engineering career I am pursuing, and I have enjoyed every minute,” says Connor.
Jacob Fritsch and Tyler Trzecki are both interns. “As an engineering student at the University of Tulsa I value my education as the most important thing, however I realize that not everything can be learned in the classroom. HydroHoist has given me the opportunity to test my knowledge and add to it with their OCAST Internship Program. Through it I have gained knowledge and experience that I could not get anywhere else,” said Tyler.
TU Senior Jacob said, “The engineering internship position has given me a lot of real world experience. I have learned so much about every facet of HydroHoist. Jonathan and James are always there to help, but they give me the freedom to figure things out for myself. My favorite part is that I feel that my projects are actually contributing to the company. This position has made me much more prepared to start my professional life.”
Mick Webber, HydroHoist CEO said, “We are fortunate to have some really terrific young adults giving their time and being so willing to learn from our staff and provide fresh ideas. HydroHoist has a long tradition of involvement with our local communities – we are pleased to have the opportunity to work with our local schools and universities, as well as the state-funded research programs.”