Summer Internships at Grand Teton Brewing
The summer college intern program is now in its fourth year at Grand Teton Brewing Company. We started in 2009 with the hiring of a summer festival/marketing intern. In 2011, we added an engineering college intern to our program. The engineering students come to us from the Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, Maine. Our chief engineer, Ron Paradis, is a former graduate of the Academy and spoke highly of the students who attend this university. The engineering intern gets college credit for this position, which involves working on precision equipment on the bottling line and handling special projects. The festival/marketing position is for a student majoring in business and involves supporting our sales manager. This position includes representing the brewery at festivals in Wyoming, Idaho and Montana. Our intern program gives a student free housing, a sense of responsibility, enhances their education, and offers a chance to see the beautiful outdoors of Teton Valley, Idaho.
Grand Teton Brewing was very blessed to have two excellent interns for summer 2012. Conner Watkins, a student at the University of Idaho, was our festival/marketing intern. Ben Cummings, a student at the Maine Maritime Academy, was our engineering intern. Both young men were intelligent, hard working and very dependable. They each brought insight, skills and a sense of humor into their positions. Grand Teton Brewing thanks Ben and Conner for their hard work this summer! We hope to continue this valuable program in the future.
What I learned at Grand Teton Brewing
by Ben Cummings
This summer I completed my college internship at Grand Teton Brewing. It was an amazing opportunity for a person from the Eastern seaboard. Although a brewery may not be everyone’s first choice for an engineering internship, it was definitely mine! I was able to become intimate with the steam boiler in the brewhouse and spent plenty of time wrestling with the brewery’s main electrical distribution systems. This internship will help me towards my goal of completing the State of Maine Third Class Engineer license as well as allow me to sit for the Fundamentals of Engineering Examination. All of which, I’m sure, sounds exciting enough on its own! As an added bonus I get to tell my friends and family of my experiences in beautiful Teton Valley.
Like fishing in the one and only Bitch Creek, the name sake for Grand Teton Brewing’s award winning brown ale. Or hiking for seven hours to the top of Rendezvous Mountain where I rode the tram at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort for the first time. And the many float trips we took down the Teton River complete with the most beautiful views of the Tetons I have ever seen.
As I head back to Maine Maritime Academy in my “new” blue Ford F250, with a few cases of beer for my family, I take with me a summer I will never forget. Thanks Grand Teton Brewing!
Connor Watkins – 2012 Festival/Marketing Intern
Connor Watkins, a soon to graduate business major from the University of Idaho, spent the past two and half months promoting beer for Grand Teton Brewing throughout our local markets. Conner is the son of Mitch Watkins, our distributor for the Twin Falls, Idaho area. Conner brought a unique perspective to the summer marketing position. He spent years working summers in his dad’s beer warehouse and delivering beer to retail establishments. He learned about the Craft Beer Industry quickly and became one of Grand Teton Brewing’s biggest fans and a great advocate. Conner promoted our beer at festivals in Jackson, Laramie and Evanson, Wyoming, as well as at the North American Brewers’ Awards in Idaho Falls. He was responsible for delivering and supervising beer sales at the famous Music on Main events near our brewery in Victor. He also helped deliver soda to retail stores in Victor and Driggs, offering great insight and ideas in enveloping our soda program. Conner plans to work in the beer industry somewhere outside of Idaho after he graduates in December. We wish Conner well in all his future endeavors.