PHSI Partners with Saint Viator to Launch College Intern Program

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PHSI®, headquartered in Vernon Hills, IL, manufactures state-of-the-art bottleless water purification systems, recently concluded its first College Intern Program with six St. Viator High School graduates.

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PHSI partnered with St. Viator as they looked to build a new program. Fr. Corey Brost CSV, President Saint Viator High School, commented “It is a great opportunity for our recent graduates to get real life business experience.” The College Intern Program lasted ten weeks and consisted of six recent St. Viator High School graduates: TJ Birmingham ‘15, Brian Peters ‘15, Aidan Williams ‘15, Kasia Sosin ‘15, Kristen Abrahamson ‘14, and Lauren Mroz ‘14. PHSI’s objective was to learn about customers’ buyer behaviors. The students were responsible for communicating with multiple businesses about PHSI’s products while developing and implementing different go-to-market strategies. According to Bob Tangredi, CEO PHSI, “We were looking for bright, confident students with excellent communication skills to make face-to-face lead generation sales calls to area businesses. We found the Viator interns were a great addition to the team. They were inquisitive and helped us with some valuable learnings.”

Unlike most internships which hire only college students, PHSI launched an internship program using primarily recent high school graduates. Throughout the internship, each student gained real life business exposure, which will help supplement the teaching they will receive at college. One obstacle students often fear is the decision of choosing a major without any time in that particular field. This internship provided an opportunity to discover if majoring in business/marketing is the right fit for them. Kasia Sosin, summer intern added, “I think we develop our communication skills given that we were talking to over thirty potential customers every day in different positions and we had to think on our feet. I really enjoyed working in a professional business and appreciated the opportunity.”

The College Intern Program was beneficial for both the students and company. PHSI will consider similar internship programs in the future.

About PHSI
PHSI®, a bottleless water cooler supplier, manufactures state-of-the-art water purification systems for the workplace. Our multi-stage water filtration system represents the best-in-class bottleless water cooler alternative: superb drinking water, improved sustainability and immediate cost savings for most commercial applications, from the office to manufacturing to retail. PHSI’s solutions deliver pH balanced and electrolyte charged water, which has proven to be an extremely effective antioxidant. Boosting the body’s antioxidant levels has been linked to higher energy, anti-aging effects and disease-inhibiting properties. We are passionate about great water.

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