HAMTRAMCK, Mich. – For over five years, Sterling Services offers high school students, college students, or recent graduates an opportunity to work at Sterling Services in a paid internship position learning firsthand knowledge of what the business entails. This year, they have cancelled their internship opportunities due to COVID-19. To limit the number of people on premise at the facility, they have chosen to put the program on hiatus this summer. The internship(s) will return in the summer of 2021.

The first intern hired into the program was Alice Holder. Jason Eddleston, VP of Operations at Sterling Services, hired her while she was a student at Henry Ford Community College Tech Center. Holden has continued as a full-time employee following her internship. During her time as an intern, she worked with the plant manager on learning most aspects of being a process technician. Holden learned how to load and unload trucks for diesel and gas. She calibrated tank thermometers, used wet gauges, took samples, and learned how to report daily inventory to clients.

Holder, now in her sixth year at Sterling Services, oversees the internship program at the plant. Over the past few summers, they have interviewed many candidates and have hired several local high school students into the program. The candidates are students from the local Hamtramck school district and surrounding region. The internships main responsibility is to maintain the community garden and help at the annual end of summer BBQ for the neighborhood. However, they also help with tasks around the office in the plant including filing, shredding, and creating manuals.

In 2019, Atef Choudhury created the maintenance book that Sterling now uses to track and update their facilities maintenance issues and/or checks that are done on a weekly, monthly, or yearly cycle. Choudhury also assisted with maintaining the community garden that Sterling plants across the street from the facility. The garden is used for residents to enjoy fresh grown vegetables.

Sterling hired a pair of interns, Farhana Chowbury and Nournahar Ali, to work at the facility in 2018. They were tasked to clean 10-plus years of outdated files and maintain the community garden. The interns also worked on the company’s annual community barbeque, held at the end of August. Sterling takes great pride in working with the community and this opportunity to team up with local students is something they relish. It gives the student(s) a look into what this local business does, how they operate within the city, and the community outreach they participate in that is so important to a healthy business.

If you are still interested in internships in the City of Hamtramck, you are in luck as the city just announced the start of their part-time internship program for 16-26 year old’s. If you are interested in a position, please fill out their application here and email it to hr@hamtramckcity.com by Friday, June 19. The jobs will vary, but pay is $9.75 per hour and you will work 20 hours a week. The city maintains hours from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The job description is located here.