Nina Hale Inc. STEP-UP Program Interns Tour Stratasys

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Nina Hale Inc. partnered with AchieveMpls to give two high school students paid summer internships that would provide them with valuable work experience and connections that will help prepare them for future endeavors. The STEP-UP interns ended their summer program with a tour of Stratasys’ facilities to see 3D printing in action.

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At the beginning of the summer Nina Hale Inc., a search engine marketing agency, partnered with AchieveMpls, a non-profit dedicated to preparing Minneapolis youth for college and careers, to provide two high school students the opportunity of a paid-summer internship. The summer program is committed to helping prepare STEP-UP Interns for future careers and college through beneficial work experience, mentoring, and connections. Over the past nine weeks Todd and Sowda have worked as a valuable part of the Nina Hale Inc. team, working on an array of projects and tasks.

Nearing the end of the summer program they were invited out to see 3D printing in action at Nina Hale Inc’s client, Stratasys’ facilities. Stratasys and their partner company RedEye On Demand provide small and large scale direct digital manufacturing and precision rapid prototyping services to a variety of industries including aerospace, defense, automotive, medical, and education.

Todd and Sowda began their tour at the Stratasys facility in Eden Prairie where they learned more about the fundamentals of 3D printing and achievements that have been made possible through the technology. The interns were able to see the step-by-step process of 3D printing first hand and discovered the capabilities that can be achieved through samples they were able to take home.

The next stop was Stratasys’ RedEye facility where larger scale manufacturing takes place. Here Todd and Sowda gained greater insight into what kinds of work they do, their operations, and the roles and functions people play. Todd and Sowda ended their educational tour with a jam out session on a fully functioning Stratasys/RedEye made guitar. If they were not considering engineering before they might be now.

At the end of Todd and Sowda’s nine week internship through the STEP-UP program they gained beneficial work experience, ongoing support, new connections, and valuable knowledge surrounding search engine marketing that can be applied to their future college and professional careers. In addition to all the insights they gained at Nina Hale Inc. they were able to see a glimpse of the great opportunities that could be in store for them in other fields through the array of clients they were exposed to.

Nina Hale Inc. is a Minneapolis SEO company / SEM agency with 23 employees and over 100 combined years of Digital Direct Marketing expertise. NHI plans, implements, and measures Lead Generation and eCommerce campaigns for companies, and for agencies on behalf of their clients. Nina Hale Inc. doesn’t dabble; it is all they do; all day, every day. Nina Hale Inc. is a nationally certified woman-owned business (WBE) and one of Minnesota Business and Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal’s Best Places to Work.

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