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WCMA Welcomes Applications for Spring Semester Industry Internships

MADISON, WI – The Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association (WCMA) today launched its spring semester internship application drive, as part of the WCMA Internship Exchange program, designed to enhance the industry’s workforce pipeline.  Prospective interns may apply now for opportunities with WCMA member companies via a form available on www.WisCheeseMakers.org.

“The labor shortage in Wisconsin and across the country is a growing concern, and it’s important for employers to develop an action plan to attract and retain high-quality workers,” said WCMA Executive Director John Umhoefer.  “An internship program can be a smart part of those plans for cheesemakers and other dairy products manufacturers, as it is a low-cost, but highly-effective way to connect with prospective employees.”

The WCMA Internship Exchange pairs interested students with dairy products manufacturers and processors and their supplier partners in the following fields: Production, Machine Operation, Maintenance, Packaging, Quality Assurance/Food Safety, Marketing, Accounting, and Human Resources.

WCMA also invites members to indicate their interest in taking on interns.  Detailed sample plans are available to help a company establish their own internship program guidelines, but employers should generally expect to commit to an intern for at least 15 weeks, offer structured and supervised opportunities for learning, and be prepared to evaluate the intern’s efforts for educational credits.  Many internships are also paid positions, due to U.S. Department of Labor guidelines.

Companies interested in participating in the WCMA Internship Exchange should contact WCMA Communications and Policy Manager Rebekah Sweeney at 608-828-4550 or via email at rsweeney@wischeesemakers.org.  If you or someone you know is interested in an industry internship, visit www.WisCheeseMakers.org and click on the “Education” tab to apply.