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58 SMT007 MAGAZINE I NOVEMBER 2023 In this interview, we talk with Marisa Hemingway, university relations manager, and EMa Freiburger, who started her career as an intern at SEL and now directly manages the intern program. ey are both involved with internships and are very committed to the suc- cess of the program. Nolan Johnson: SEL has run its internship program for quite some time now. Could you introduce us to the mission, scope, and role? Marisa Hemingway: SEL was founded by Dr. Ed Schweitzer, who was a faculty member prior to SEL and had a passion for education. So, we have had interns since the company was Building a Company Legacy Through Internship Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL) has managed internship programs effectively since the company's inception. SEL's deep roots into the higher education institutions in eastern Washington and western Idaho come from years of collaboration; they demonstrate what can happen over time when an internship program is consistently managed in the man- ufacturing environment. It helps to keep in mind that educational institutions like to pro- mote their programs by citing statistics, such as how many graduates have jobs waiting for them at graduation; programs like this one at SEL help create those statistics, but you need not be a large company to make a difference. Feature Interview by the I-Connect007 Editorial Team

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