Start Young, Stay Strong @ Mailtrust

From Z. Kelly Queijo:

Want to know how to grow your own talented, technical workforce? Get 'em while they're young.

According to Operations Manager, Marisa Keegan, that's exactly what they do at Mailtrust, a division of Rackspace.

The program started three years ago. “We have worked with local high school teachers as well as guidance counselors to recruit the next generation of young Geeks (a.k.a.: anyone who loves and is great with technology). A couple of times a year we try to send programmers to the high schools to talk to students about what opportunities are out there for Computer Science majors and people with a love for technology. If there is an especially talented student that we'd like to bring on board, we work with the guidance counselors to set up an internship for that student.”

Not only do these interns gain the benefit of learning the ins and outs of working for a high-tech company that Fortune has ranked as 32nd Best Place To Work in the US, they are paid, part-time employees of Mailtrust.

“This is a win-win for everyone,” says Keegan, “because we attain students who are eager to gain experience and are ready to work hard, our less experienced managers get a taste of managing, and the students learn a lot and make a huge impact.”

And the best thing?

“We've gained some brilliant employees.”

Z. Kelly Queijo writes about people and their passions for business and technology.

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