College interns bring a fresh perspective and help businesses spot highly talented students as future recruits for full-time positions. Up-and-coming professionals get the real-world experience they’re looking for.
It’s a workplace win-win that now has its own holiday - National Intern Day - which biotech leader CSL Behring celebrated at its site in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, this week. The company, which develops therapies for rare and serious diseases, treated its 23 college interns to a sundae bar and took time out to say thanks.
“Interns are very important to CSL Behring,” said Brian Fehrer, Vice President, Talent. “They bring contemporary ideas and objective views to our organization, challenging us to think in ways we may not have thought of before. Interns also bring a high level of enthusiasm, optimism and energy to the workplace, and who doesn’t want that at work?”
Carter Halligan is interning with CSL Behring’s Business Integrity and Risks Department in King of Prussia. He says he appreciates this chance to learn outside the classroom.
“I think I can enter the workforce with some real-world work experience and an understanding of the benefits of working for a company with positive values,” he said.
Carter is one of four interns in the program from Temple University. Other CSL Behring interns come from the University of Oklahoma, Drexel University, Saint Joseph’s University, University of Pittsburgh, Penn State University, The Ohio State University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Scranton, Thomas Jefferson University, Bucknell University and Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani (India).
The interns are contributing members of several departments, including Business Technology, Research and Development, Commercial Operations and Quality and Business Services.