Internships: A Positively Shared Experience

While providing a brewery with able hands and potential free labor, working with interns really bring much more than that to the brewery

For Nina Roy, the Quality Control Manager at Boulder Beer, who herself is an intern success story and a link to the local Boulder community, she is adamant to continue this program.

“We believe in collaborative efforts throughout the brewing industry, and we have been utilizing interns here for more than five years and across three different lab managers,” she explained. “Along with the industry itself, we keep up with change by maintaining current knowledge and embracing creativity.

“The academic environment around us breeds both of those things. Being such a well-established brand locally as well as widespread, it is important to us to maintain a relationship with the community, and one of the ways we do that is through internships.”

A graduate from Colorado-Boulder in the spring of 2016, Roy brought her family to Boulder Beer Company for the daily tour.

“The tour guide was interested in my studies, and when he found out that I had studied Molecular Biology, he introduced me to the lab manager at the time,” she said. “Two weeks later I was starting my first day here. Flash-forward one year, and my boss had taken a job at Upslope Brewing Company just down the road.

“Having had worked for a year leading up to the job opening, my experience and enthusiasm ended up landing me where I am today.”

Boulder currently has two interns working under Roy, and the results could not be more rewarding, she said.

“Plus ,they get paid in beer,” she added. “Personally, the intern program has been a huge help because I am the only lab personnel on payroll. Students with a background in lab sciences can be a huge help without requiring much training. The brewery and lab setting in turn is a huge help to the students because they are using the knowledge they have gained in lectures and labs, utilizing it in a professional setting, and working towards a future occupation simultaneously.

“Initial training in new tasks can require an excess amount of work at first, but eventually with guidance, those interns will have a solid knowledge basis to help in the future. I am also investing a lot of my time into their future, which is what was done for me as an intern.”

A lot of people would be thrilled to work in a brewery, she noted, and that is what they have found as well.

“Implementing an intern program allows more people to understand the brewing process, and the community gets to feel like they are a part of the most popular industry,” she said. “The sharing of knowledge is such a simple task, and everyone tends to benefit from that. We are firm believers in the internship program.”

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