The Fulton Companies and Pulaski Academy and Central Schools are reviving and expanding a collaborative internship program for students.
In the past, Fulton has had Computer-aided design interns. But now, with determined administration and thriving student interest, PACS and the Fulton Companies are working together in creating bigger and better opportunities for Pulaski high school students.
Joel Southwell (vice president of sales and marketing) and Mark Hilton (vice president of manufacturing) first presented information about the Fulton companies and internship opportunities available to several classes at the Pulaski High School. From there, all interested students submitted an application along with recommendations and an essay telling why they felt they made a good candidate.
The program has expanded to include not only a CAD internship, but also a software programing internship and a welding internship.
Southwell and Hilton conducted 12 student interviews for the three available openings. However, they were so impressed with the candidates that they made a second software programming internship available.
Pulaski administrative intern Ashleigh Wilson was instrumental in facilitating communication and making the internship program a reality. She said the interview process was wonderful exposure for the students.
They were instructed on how to dress for an interview, provided with insight into what employers are looking for in a resume and given tips like maintaining good eye contact.
“As a district, we are always striving to be ahead of the curve,” said Superintendent Brian Hartwell. “With a focus on blended learning, we are pursuing opportunities for our students to gain and practice the soft skills that employers are looking for: leadership, communication, working as a member of a team, etc.”
According to their website, “The Fulton Companies is an American multi-national group of companies headquartered in Pulaski, New York, USA. Fulton researches, engineers, manufactures and sells complex heat transfer equipment for a wide range of commercial and industrial applications.”
“As a little kid growing up, surrounded by technology, I was always interested in it,” said Pulaski senior and software programming intern Jeremy Trumble. “This is a great opportunity to get my foot in the door of a large worldwide company that could lead to a career.”
Juniors Edward Sheats (software programming intern) and Waldron (CAD Intern) said the opportunity offers job experience and will also look great on resumes and college applications.
Welding intern Joe Clark currently attends the welding program at the Center for Instruction, Technology and Innovation as a senior and is excited to utilize those skills in a manufacturing environment, hoping to pursue welding as a career after graduation.
“The purpose behind all of this is opportunity,” said Principal Jay Altobello. “An opportunity for our students to gain experience and skills beneficial to a career or college path, an opportunity for the Fulton Companies to receive a quality worker and an opportunity for our community in regards to economic growth.”
Southwell said he was excited to bring the internship program back and is eager to see the relationship grow in the years to come. With student interest, opportunities in other trade positions, marketing, sales and IT could become possibilities.