Rice Lake company hires 52 summer interns

(WEAU) – "Rice Lake Weighing Systems how may I direct your call?," asked Stephanie Schmidt, phone receptionist intern.

Paid internships are often hard to come by, but these full-time and part-time interns get that chance.

Interns say they’re excited to get opportunity to work in an actual to get the work experience that they need."

"It's a full time job. Its 40 hours a week and I didn't want the weekend hours or the nighttime hours. Its 9-5 and its pretty consistent," said Schmidt.

Stephanie Schmidt says this is her second summer interning with the company, and answers about 1200 phone calls a day.

But she thinks the experience helps even though she's a nursing major.

"We're all working together for a common goal to make the business run," said Schmidt.

The last year the company added a hundred jobs but there's still 40 positions left to fill.

"The last decade has really been a growth spurt for us. We've grown tremendously. We've actually doubled the size of our company. We’re onwards of 600 employee’s now." said Steve Parkman, Chief Operating Officer

Internship Coordinator Lori Katcher says the 65 year old company usually hires only 20 interns, but it needed the extra hands.

"Building jobs and creating new jobs this is a perfect opportunity for us to use their talents and see what they can do to help us," said Lori Katcher, Internship Coordinator.

An HR intern from UW-Eau Claire says filing and setting up interviews in the HR Department has been helpful.

“I think employers this day and age are not only looking at G.P.A. They want experience and hands on experience, especially if you’re going into a job like HR there's a lot of confidentiality and stuff," said HR intern, Aimee Lapacinski.

“It’s great that we can bring interns in and show them that there is opportunity for them,” said Parkman.

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