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Worzalla Introduces Local University Students to the Business of Making Books

Updated: May 18, 2022

Worzalla Introduces Local University Students to the Business of Making Books

Worzalla, an employee-owned printing company specializing in high-quality custom products, is dispelling the myth that manufacturing is an old-fashioned career path by onboarding local university students for their summer internship program. Worzalla’s paid internships offer a select group of students a complete look at what the modern book manufacturing process looks like and the job opportunities available, including jobs focused on technology, people management, graphic design, systems and processes, and more.

“As one of central Wisconsin’s largest employers, it is important for us to invest in a diverse array of workforce development initiatives such as our paid internship program,” said Brianne Petruzalek, Director of Human Resources at Worzalla. “We’re proud to offer local university students a real-world experience of what kind of job opportunities are available for them after graduation.”

Worzalla is pleased to welcome three interns from two area universities:

  • Jennifer Schrank, a junior studying accounting and business administration at University Wisconsin-Stevens Point, will be working with Worzalla’s Human Resources department. Schrank will assist HR staff with administrative and communications tasks that engage Worzalla’s nearly 400-person workforce.

  • Landon Elgersma, a sophomore studying coding and computers at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, will be working with Worzalla’s Information Technology department. Elgersma will assist IT staff in ensuring that Worzalla’s machinery and technology operations run as efficiently as possible.

  • Drew Schwalbe, a junior studying graphic communication at University of Wisconsin Stout, will be working with Worzalla’s Operations department as a Process Control intern. Schwalbe will be responsible for helping to manage the entire print process including pre-press, press, finishing, and quality.

Upon completion of the internship program, in addition to the work experience gained, Worzalla interns will receive college credit and a letter of recommendation from their supervisors. According to Petruzalek, the interns may be offered the opportunity to continue their work with Worzalla as full- or part-time employees, as Worzalla has been successful in hiring past interns following the completion of their internship.

“I’m pleased to welcome Jennifer, Landon, and Drew to the Worzalla team for our summer internship program,” said Jim Fetherston, President and CEO of Worzalla. “Each of their internship roles represents a significant part of the modern book making process, and they will play a direct role in bringing the books we create to bookshelves across the country.”

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