On Friday, July 21, Samsung Austin Semiconductor hosted a celebration for the Taylor interns, their family members and local officials.
Taylor Mayor Brandt Rydell recounted the conversation in January 2021 that was the impetus for the internship program.
“The judge and I were asked what was important to us if Samsung were to choose Williamson County and Taylor for the site of this incredible project; what expectations did we have of Samsung,” Rydell said. “The first thing that was mentioned, was Judge Bill Gravell saying he wanted internships for Taylor ISD students. Your county judge made that request and made that happen, not only for you but for subsequent classes.”
As a Taylor native and 1989 graduate of Taylor High School, Rydell lamented that his only options for a summer job when he was in school was “counting bugs in the fields or maybe working at one of the banks in town.”
More than three decades later, new opportunities are coming to the town.
“Their [Williamson County and City of Taylor] collaboration together with the school district helped create the opportunity for Samsung to find a new home in Taylor, Texas,” Taylor ISD Superintendent Dr. Devin Padavil said. “When we were envisioning this whole thing, this is a shining example of what we wanted for Taylor ISD.”
“When I see students having these opportunities to go out into the workforce and work side-by-side with Samsung, those are opportunities that don’t come around too often,” Taylor ISD school board president Marco Ortiz said.
When Gravell addressed the interns, he reminisced about his time sweeping floors in a cabinet shop in Hutto and how he was asked how he would help the next generation of young kids trying to get a job.
“When I look at you, what I see are not only kids from Taylor, Texas but I see the future of America. This program is so important to me that every major corporate agreement that Williamson County has signed with major companies now involves internship and mentor programs,” Gravell said.
With the summer at Samsung coming to a close, some students are headed to higher education and some are going into their senior year.
“Whatever the next path you choose, you get to put on your resume ‘I was a paid internship at Samsung’ and that is huge,” Padavil said to the students.
“I hope you take this opportunity and build upon it as you can achieve even greater things in your life,” Rydell added.
to read more about the interns volunteering in their hometown.