Our interns spent this summer developing solutions to challenging problems, working on unique projects, and learning about the opportunities Andersen Corporation has to offer. Each summer, our interns participate in Intern Development Week, a fun and interactive week dedicated to fostering the relationships between interns through networking events, volunteer events and plant tours, as well as introducing them to our some of our core values.
This year, in keeping with our Andersen values such as corporate citizenship and community involvement, Andersen interns volunteered at the Carpenter Nature Center. Located in Hastings, Minn. The Center’s mission is to “foster, appreciate and inspire stewardship of the natural world”. They live out their mission by preserving land and wildlife habitat and providing quality environmental education, conservation practices, and fun outdoor experiences for a diverse range of visitors.
This year, our interns worked with the Carpenter Nature Center to maintain crops in the apple orchard. Interns worked to thin the trees, which avoids stress on the branches which could hinder their growth of fruit.
Another highlight of their day included a visit from Jim Weglewski, Vice President of Enterprise Lean Sigma Quality Systems, and Carpenter Nature Center board member. Jim networked with interns, explained his involvement with Carpenter Nature Center and described his personal connection to the apple orchard itself.
Riley Watson, an engineering intern at Bayport, described the volunteer experience: “It was a great team-building experience and a great way to get to know the other interns.”
While our interns have already completed their summer experience and returned to school, we appreciate their dedication to making the Carpenter Nature Center a beautifully preserved environment that will continue to provide education and outdoor experiences for years to come.
Because protecting the environment and making a difference in the communities where we live and work is important to Andersen, we are participating in our signature sustainability event, Nature Preservation Day. Our employees from 20 plus Andersen facilities are participating in various volunteer events focused on bettering the local environment in a meaningful way. Stay tuned for a recap post coming soon!