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Internships help develop, keep talent in South Florida

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The question: Do you offer internships to local students? What’s the best way of keeping talented young workers in South Florida?

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Unfortunately not. The best way to keep talented young workers in Florida is by fostering great businesses.

Daniel Ades, managing partner, Kawa Capital Management

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Yes, we’ve had paid interns all year round for more than a decade. Keep young talent here by investing in their development. Show them how you can create a career path that matches their work and lifestyle desires.

Christine Barney, CEO, RBB Communications

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We do offer internships to local students and have had interns at our company from Miami International University of Art and Design. It allows students to get credits required to get their degree. At the same time it’s great to get input and ideas from young talent. The best way of keeping young talent here especially in the apparel field is to remind them what a wonderful place South Florida is to live.

Richard Behar, founder and president, Capital Clothing Corp.

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Yes, we do offer internships, mostly to family members of our current employees. Best way to keep talented young workers is to offer them a promising future with an organization where they are allowed to show their talent and creativity.

Carmen Castillo, president and CEO, SDI International

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South Florida is a young community. We do offer internships to students. Lifestyle and opportunities for growth are key to keeping talent in South Florida.

Alice Cervera Lamadrid, managing partner, Cervera Real Estate

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We are big believers in internships. I think companies benefit from an infusion of fresh, eager talent and the interns get the vital exposure and experience they seek. Retaining promising, young workers can be tricky — most of them are still exploring all the newly found potential within themselves and the job market. However, giving them the level of coaching and mentoring they expect, along with a career path to pursue is a good strategy to retaining them.

Jonathan Chariff, CEO, South Motors

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Yes, internships are an effective way to grow local talent, support student learning and connect universities to the growing opportunities in Miami-Dade County.

Pandwe Gibson, executive director, EcoTech Visions

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We do offer internships to local students. The best way of keeping young workers in South Florida is to show them the potential opportunities here and get them engaged in community organizations and youth leadership.

Julie Grimes, managing partner, Hilton Bentley Hotel

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Yes, we offer internships to students. The best way to keep young workers in South Florida is to provide jobs to all South Florida youth, not just those that are unqualified but have family connections.

Felecia Hatcher, co-founder of Feverish Gourmet Pops

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We provide some internships to local students. Talented young workers need to see upward mobility and excitement. We can best accomplish that by showcasing the growth opportunities and diverse range of disciplines South Florida offers, while reminding the young of our superior lifestyle. And, our lifestyle is not just sun and fun, but it’s a panoply of rich cultural activities drawing from around the globe.

Victor Mendelson, co-president, HEICO

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Yes. We need to support the core of our economy — the service, real estate and hospitality sectors — and diversify through investments in industries like technology, finance and healthcare.

Nitin Motwani, managing principal, Miami Worldcenter Associates

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Yes we do. Internships are a great way of building a strong ecosystem of a talented workforce. As an employer, I’ve noticed more people wanting to build a career in South Florida. Many of the students that go away for college are coming back, which is really exciting. This is in contrast to many of my Miami high school peers in the early ’90s, who left for school and never returned. This newer generation is seeing the energy and potential of today’s Miami.

Abe Ng, founder and CEO of Sushi Maki

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As a business community, we need to invest in increasing the number of companies paying higher wages across key industries to make it more attractive for talented young professionals to choose South Florida.

Todd Oretsky, co-founder, Pipeline Brickell

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We do, but, more importantly, we aim to place our extraordinarily talented students in quality internships. The best way to keep talented workers in Florida is to provide them the opportunities and give them the tools to achieve small successes early on in their careers. We must show them this community’s immense potential.

Eduardo Padrón, president, Miami Dade College

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My company does offer paid internships to local students. There’s no magic key to keeping young talent in South Florida, but our best bet as a community is to provide entry-level employees with opportunities to grow within our local companies, rather than make them feel they have to leave to move ahead.

Joanna Schwartz, CEO and co-founder, EarlyShares

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Yes, we offer internships. We need to attract more technology and growth companies to the area.

Dave Seleski, president and CEO, Stonegate Bank

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Yes, we offer internships. The best way to keep talented young workers in South Florida is by offering challenging assignments that allow them to benefit from the distinct geographic advantages we have as a city and region.

Darryl K. Sharpton, president and CEO, The Sharpton Group

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We have a responsibility as members of the business community to help nurture and retain young talent to ensure Miami is globally competitive for future generations. Beyond the obvious, I believe that communities win when they provide their young workers with a sense of purpose and belonging, both in their home life and their career. Providing a purpose-driven environment is something we are very focused on at our firm and we continue to develop new ways to provide these opportunities to our people.

Andrew Smulian, chairman and CEO, Akerman LLP

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We have a long-term program to assist students in getting into college and staying there, especially students from under-served communities. The long term matters — one internship can make a difference — but mentors and support over a longer period makes the real difference.

Gillian Thomas, president and CEO, Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science

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Yes, Feeding South Florida does offer internships. The best way to keep young talent in South Florida is by being flexible. This will allow workers to get more involved not only with the company but by making a difference in the community.

Paco Velez, CEO, Feeding South Florida

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Yes, we have several interns each quarter/semester and some go on to be employees. A great way to keep them in South Florida is to make sure their work experience allows them time to enjoy all of the things that make Miami such a treasure. We try to demonstrate examples of work/life balance as well as include them in experiences out of the office, like a beach photo shoot or an in-store event, to give them the most well-rounded, hands-on experience possible.

Alina Villasante, founder, Peace Love World clothing

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We do not currently offer internships. The best way to keep talented young workers in South Florida is by keeping them engaged in local tech initiatives and continuing to offer great tech ed in our universities.

Marlon Williams, founder and CEO, Fenero

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I believe that a strong work ethic is an intrinsic trait that is applicable to any industry. We look to hire individuals who could be great at anything they set their minds to. By pairing our interns with full-time employees, we help them navigate the transition from academia to “the real world.” To keep young workers here in South Florida, we must continue to provide unique opportunities for professional growth.

John Wood, president, Amicon Construction

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