Finding educated, skilled employees can be difficult. Competition for the best and the brightest is often fierce, with the top candidates having many options. Creating early relationships with potential stars is one way to get a jump on rivals. Stuart Peltz is doing just that. Peltz is the CEO of PTC Therapeutics, a biopharmaceutical company based in South Plainfield.
The company created an internship program for recent college graduates – 53 in its first year. For this edition of NJBIZ Conversations, Editor Jeff Kanige talked to Peltz about the company and the origins of the internship program.
“It’s funny – I was talking to a number of people in the company and they were talking about who just graduated and they had jobs and they just kind of got eviscerated,” he said. “So we said what can we do that could be good for them and good for the company as well. And we said how about a talent pipeline program where we look for, in particular, recently graduated individuals – and it could be anywhere, many different vocations – give them a year internship and we pay and they can work in various [areas], whether its science, human resources, legal, finance, commercial. You could really get a whole bunch of people doing this.”