Take a walk through Hentzen Coatings, Inc. and you will see many young, fresh faces among the team members. This summer, Hentzen hosted 13 college interns from Midwest schools including several UW Schools, Northern Illinois University, and Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH. Not only does this help Hentzen introduce young people to the fast-paced environment of coatings manufacturing and sales, but interns gain insight in how they can find success in their future endeavors.
With summer wrapping up and fall semester on these interns’ minds, they reflect on their time at the company. Jarrod Kaczanowski, CSD and Supply Chain Management Intern who will be transferring to UW Green Bay this fall, learned the most about communication throughout the summer. He explains: “If everyone knows about challenges and obstacles in the way of an end goal, they can work together and come up with a solution quickly.” As a Supply Chain Management major, Jarrod understands the value of communication between all branches of a work environment and seeing the communication take place in real time left him more adept to succeed in his future career.
Along with learning transferable skills during their summer internship, interns also learned some things specific to the coatings world. Kyle Kaplan, Sales and Marketing Intern from UW Whitewater, now knows “more than the average person about high-temperature paint applications.” Learning and building on specific and nonspecific skills throughout the summer keeps these students fresh as they return back to school. Several interns found their time at Hentzen Coatings, Inc. so valuable, that they are already planning to return for their winter break or summer of 2019.
Tim Hentzen, Vice President and Chief Information Operator, reflects on his experiences working with the interns over the summer: “It has been very rewarding to see the optimism and enthusiasm for progress from each intern. They all work very quickly, especially on the computer so at times it’s hard to keep up with them!” In terms of the future for these young, bright-minded individuals, Tim Hentzen hopes that they explore all opportunities offered to them, and they “aren’t afraid to take a chance.”
As far as the future for the Hentzen Internship Program itself goes, due to this summer being rewarding for both interns and Hentzen employees, Hentzen Coatings plans to continue offering internships to students in the years to come. Matthew Lueck, Process Engineer Intern from Northern Illinois University, offers the following advice to future interns: “Try to get introduced to as many things as possible and get involved with other areas of the plant, even if it means just talking with [someone] about what they do for a few minutes.” Matthew believes that it is important for one to broaden their scope of how Hentzen operates, in order to help them understand why certain things are done the way they are and how they ultimately tie into their future job, either at Hentzen or otherwise.
Written by Sarah Dempsey, IT and Communications Intern from Xavier University.
About Hentzen Coatings, Inc.
Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, since 1923 Hentzen has specialized in the development, engineering and manufacturing of liquid and powder coatings, primarily for aerospace, military and general industrial (GI) applications. Hentzen Coatings are custom engineered to perform in extreme conditions and are continually improved to meet exacting customer and exceed market-driven specifications. Hentzen stock and custom products are manufactured in its state-of-the-art laboratory and testing facilities in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Batavia, Illinois, Greenville, South Carolina, and Clearwater, Florida.